CNA class?

  1. Anyone know how to go about getting CNA training? Where to start to try and find a class?

    Was just informed by another allnurses member that one of the nursing programs in my state requires CNA training as a pre-req to applying/admissions... don't know if I'll be applying there, but figured it wouldn't hurt my application anywhere else to go on and get the training.... but don't know where to begin to look... any ideas?

    Thanks!
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  3. by   agent
    My wife is a CNA but doesnt work as one.

    Most CC's have Basic Nurse Assisting courses. I find it hard to believe that your state requires that. That sucks. I know my wife got her certification over the summer.
  4. by   manna
    Originally posted by agent
    My wife is a CNA but doesnt work as one.

    Most CC's have Basic Nurse Assisting courses. I find it hard to believe that your state requires that. That sucks. I know my wife got her certification over the summer.
    Thanks, I'll check with the local schools... hopefully I can find something that I can schedule around my work hours.
  5. by   palesarah
    nurses' aide courses are offered by the Red Cross and adult learning centers (through the local high school) in my area

    That's strange that it's a pre-req to nursing. Many of my classmates worked as aides during school but got their license after the first semester of clinicals. The State accepted that education in lieu of a CNA course...
  6. by   lizmatt
    Around here most nursing homes offer the class upon employment. But I guess if you are not looking for another job - this might not help you - but I thought I would throw it out there. I was paid by my nursing home to sit in class for 3 weeks.
    Plus they paid all testing fees.
  7. by   SC RN
    I think that becoming a CNA as a pre-req for Nursing School will become more common in the next few years. I live in California, and it has been required for at least the last year and a half.

    Personally, I think it's a good idea ... we weeded out quite a few students who were not up to the early shifts, long hours, and constant "smell" of nursing care BEFORE they took a spot in the nursing program only to drop out.
  8. by   4loveoflife
    Thats what I did, manna. I just finished 4 week training in a nursing home facility for my cna/gna license. The training is paid for through this program as well, with a 1 year agreement to continue employment there. However, there is no minimum hourly work load you have to agree to, as long as you at least work every other weekend.

    I found out about this by first calling the local red cross chapter, who then directed me to various local ltc facilities. Basically, I just called around all the nursing homes in the phone book and asked if and when they were offering cna training programs.

    Good luck in your search.
  9. by   NurseKay2006
    Hi Manna here is a list of schools that the school sent me that offers the CNA program:

    Hinds Community College
    Meridian Community College
    Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
    Pearl River CC
    Pine Belt Education Service Center

    Some CNA programs can last anywhere from a semester to 4-6 weeks. I don't know about the rest of the CC's but I know Hinds offers this program over the summer. So I figure I can squeze it in then.

    If you need any contact informatin or cost on either program just pm me and let me know.

    By the way I take it that we don't have to take the CNA program at either of these schools but they would prefer it. Also after you complete the CNA exam you have to take the stae exam (Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Services).
  10. by   manna
    Originally posted by NurseKay2006
    Meridian Community College
    Some CNA programs can last anywhere from a semester to 4-6 weeks.
    Thanks Kay! I've been taking some of my pre-reqs through Meridian, so I'll check with them about the CNA class they offer!
  11. by   NurseKay2006
    Your welcome! Good luck!

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