Free CNA training in FL

  1. hey guys, do you know any free CNA free trainings here in St.Petersburg,Tampa area, Pinellas county? Pls.let me know..
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  3. by   blandis
    Well Buddy there is no such thing as a free lunch. However if you go through Learey Technical Center in Tampa it is like $450. The sweet part is, if you work in a nursing home afterwards, the first one you work at is required to reimburse you for the cost of your training if you request it. So you pay for it in the front and then get it back in the end. Nobody legitimate is going to do it for free. Sorry.
  4. by   bjames_ging
    thnak you so much for the reply..I appreciate it very much
  5. by   MarieFutureRN
    Hi I am currently in a CNA program it is $250. They also have job placement that will remburst you for the cost of the class. The name is CNA med prep in tarpon springs florida off of Klosterman rd. The money pays for your books and a set of scrubs.

    Hope this helps
  6. by   bjames_ging
    Thank you, Marie! I checked the website, its very nice. And oh, cheaper. One problem is, i live here in St. Petersburg. I dont have a car yet. I cant drive. I am relying on my husband for transportation for now. Just for now. Do you know about tampabaycna? It's closer to us and the website seems very nice. To anyone of you who know about tampabaycna, pls. give me a quick review about the school.

    Love you guys. Thank you soooo much for the information.

    Have a bless day..Mwahhhhhhhh
  7. by   Hydakins
    If you go to the FL Board of nursing website you can print out the FLNA Clinical Skills Checklist. It describes all of the skills that you will need to know. From that website you can also apply/register to take the Licensing Exam. You wont need to set foot in a classroom for training and you only pay for the exam. If you know someone who can make sure that you are doing the skills correctly, use them. In NY, the teacher that I had gave private sessions for those that felt that they needed the extra practice for about $150. Ask around to see who knows who and if they're willing to do something similar.

    If you PM your email address to me, I can forward the checklist to you.
    Last edit by Hydakins on May 9, '08
  8. by   Camncole
    I was looking into taking the CNA exam and I was wondering if you would be kind enough to post the link for the check list. I could not find it on the web page .

    Thank you
    Last edit by UM Review RN on Jul 23, '08 : Reason: TOS
  9. by   Camncole
    I actually live in Tarpon and I have been tryingto find teh CNA medical Prep to see what classes and times are aval, but have not had any luck. Do you happen to have any information on it. If so, could you please post a link with the schedule or a phone number? It would be greatly appreciated.
    Last edit by UM Review RN on Jul 23, '08 : Reason: TOS
  10. by   UM Review RN
    Maybe I can help. First I have to know if you are trying to get your CNA in order to work in a hospital or a nursing home, or if you just need it for a nursing school requirement.

    The reason is that some hospitals and nursing homes allow you to start working as a nurse helper or an equivalent to a NA, but without the certfication, and then you are paid for your work. You take the CNA class and agree to work for them for a certain period of time or else you have to pay them back for the class.

    Another way is to go through P-Tech or one of the local vocational centers. They do teach CNA as well as LPN. Here's the link for P-Tech for those of you in St. Pete:

    Now I'll go dig around and see if I can't come up with something for you folks in Pasco. Maybe Pasco-Hernando CC?

  11. by   UM Review RN
    Woohoo! Hit the jackpot on the Florida BON website!

    Names of schools, addresses, phone numbers and all. Here's the list:

    Here's a copy of the brochure for CNA:

    Hope that helps. If you need anything else, I'll be happy to help. Just post to this thread, ok?

    PS I would HIGHLY recommend that you shop around and get prices because they do vary widely. For instance, a private school like Erwin might be a tad more expensive than P-Tech.
  12. by   UM Review RN
    Also, most of the hospitals in the area will give tuition reimbursement. I know a few nurses who started out as nurse helpers, unit secretaries, even a couple who started out from the housekeeping or food service departments.

    So you might look at their job board website under "Entry level" and check the benefits page to make sure they have a tuition reimbursement program.
  13. by   HappyHeart721
    [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]beware of so called free cna program - first these are held at nursing homes... the problem is ... they will pay your $3.00 to $4.00 less per hour for up to 1 year... in exchange for the skills... this is not free at all... you actually pay more this way, than taking a regular class when all is said and done. so... ask how much will you make... for how long..... and how long before you test. you should test within 2 months tops.... no longer. my sister did this.... you loose $120 to $160 per week. not a good deal at alll.
    Last edit by HappyHeart721 on Mar 23, '09 : Reason: Added
    Can you send me a link to this page - email addy is Thanks. Jen