Looking for free CNA training in Chicago

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    Hello,

    I am a college student who wants to pursue a career in nursing. I am still getting my pre-reqs for BSN programs, but I want to become a CNA so I have some experience. I volunteer in a hospital but I want to do more. I am financially not able to pay for the programs in community colleges, so I am looking for trainings given by nursing homes or hospitals for free or very low cost. If someone could help me by giving the name of the location and/or location where they know gives these programs, it would help me sooo much.

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR FEEDBACK!!!!!
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    Most Nursing homes don't do CNA training anymore. However, you could try calling Manor Care and Resurrection Hospital. They may. My husband runs a home and because so many community college programs have CNA training, they decided to stop training. His home is used as a clinical site for two different CNA companies.

    Good luck!

    (Your community college may be able to cut up your tuition into 3 payments. I know it's still pretty expensive but it could be a possible option.)
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    Hello fellow CNA pursuant:

    I'm in the midst of pursuing a BA-MSN RN degree at Depaul and I have no healthcare experience outside of being an aesthetician at a laser-hair removal spa. I don't want to give up my fun and better paying job as a beauty expert while I'm going through the drudgery of school to work a CNA job. And, especially not have to take an expensive CNA course for a low paying job. But it seems like a necessary evil to get exposure to the clinical field.

    I still have to finish up a never-ending and ever-changing list of pre-reqs to get into Depaul's program but it will be worth it to have a MSN and not another Bachelors. A student in the Depaul's program told me she wishes she had not taken a CNA course since training is still available on site. I've looked and inquired and it doesn't seem available. Then again, I didn't think I'd find a B.A.-MSN program, either. They seem very elusive. Let's keep looking for something and keep one another informed!

    Any advisers out there, pls come forward. We need you!
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    Quote from osunlove
    Hello fellow CNA pursuant:

    I'm in the midst of pursuing a BA-MSN RN degree at Depaul and I have no healthcare experience outside of being an aesthetician at a laser-hair removal spa. I don't want to give up my fun and better paying job as a beauty expert while I'm going through the drudgery of school to work a CNA job. And, especially not have to take an expensive CNA course for a low paying job. But it seems like a necessary evil to get exposure to the clinical field.

    I still have to finish up a never-ending and ever-changing list of pre-reqs to get into Depaul's program but it will be worth it to have a MSN and not another Bachelors. A student in the Depaul's program told me she wishes she had not taken a CNA course since training is still available on site. I've looked and inquired and it doesn't seem available. Then again, I didn't think I'd find a B.A.-MSN program, either. They seem very elusive. Let's keep looking for something and keep one another informed!

    Any advisers out there, pls come forward. We need you!
    Here is a link to the Basic CNA program at St Mary's of Nazareth Hospital in Chicago. Holy Family Medical Center also has one in Des Plaines.
    You have to call for info. so I am not sure if it is free or not.

    http://www.reshealth.org/findajob/training_cna.cfm

    Good Luck!
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    Res charges $500-$600 for their CNA course.
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    Quote from wildorchid
    Hello,

    I am a college student who wants to pursue a career in nursing. I am still getting my pre-reqs for BSN programs, but I want to become a CNA so I have some experience. I volunteer in a hospital but I want to do more. I am financially not able to pay for the programs in community colleges, so I am looking for trainings given by nursing homes or hospitals for free or very low cost. If someone could help me by giving the name of the location and/or location where they know gives these programs, it would help me sooo much.

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR FEEDBACK!!!!!
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    There is a program called WIA that pays for programs and I know that CNA is one of them. My friend is finishing up the Surgical Tech program and WIA paid for the entire program. Here is the link to one of the pages I was able to find with some CNA programs (I didn't know what zip code to put in so I just put in one for downtown Chicago). There should also be a phone number somewhere on the site.
    http://iwds.cmcf.state.il.us/iwds/CIS2205
    Last edit by destined2bCRNA on May 30, '07 : Reason: forgot to put link
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    HI CATHY I WAS INTERESTED IN THE INFO I SAW ON UR PAGE COULD U PLEASE GIVE ME THE NAME OR WHO TO CONTACT ABOUT THE $500 AND $600 CLASSES SO THAT I MAY CONTACT THEM AND THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR UR HELP.
    Quote from Kathyz
    Res charges $500-$600 for their CNA course.
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    Here you go. It's from their website, reshealth.org.


    The program consists of 94 hours of theory and 49 hours of clinical instruction. Satisfactory completion of the program leads to eligibility to take the state competency written evaluation for certification. A graduate of the program will be awarded a certificate of completion.
    The 8 week program is currently being offered at Saint Mary of the Nazareth Hospital Center in downtown Chicago and Holy Family Medical Center in Des Plaines.
    For information on our program at Saint Mary of the Nazareth Hospital Center please contact Connie Drogos at 312-770-2357 or Christine Waller at 312-770-2358. For information on our Holy Family Medical Center program please contact Juliana Krupka at 847-297-1800 extension 3242.
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    Quote from destined2bCRNA
    There is a program called WIA that pays for programs and I know that CNA is one of them. My friend is finishing up the Surgical Tech program and WIA paid for the entire program. Here is the link to one of the pages I was able to find with some CNA programs (I didn't know what zip code to put in so I just put in one for downtown Chicago). There should also be a phone number somewhere on the site.
    http://iwds.cmcf.state.il.us/iwds/CIS2205
    Hello! I'm new, and just clicking around... But I thougth this is a really important piece of information:

    When I asked some schools about the WIA program, they said that it's a government grant of up to $6000, but you can only use it on one thing. You can't split it up. Which makes sense because it's the "Workforce Investment Act" and it's like the government is giving you x-amount of money to get a better career. So... If you're approved for $6000, then it's a waste of more than $5000 because you can't split the funds and use the leftovers. So... Choose wisely I guess because supposedly you can only receive this grant once.


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