I was looking at CNA programs in the Charlotte area and I wanted to get everyone's opinions. There are a number of full courses to choose from, general cost is about $500 and vary in time and scheduling, then there are short classes (one day, two day, etc.) that are about $200-$300, and finally there are the refresher classes for skills which are $150-$250 some letting you go back as many times as you need to practice.
I consider myself pretty adept, especially when it comes to common sense, plus I have access to books as well as testing practice information that a friend gave me who took a short CNA class. There are also videos on YouTube for skills and I have at least one or two people who are willing to let me practice on them.
I don't really have $500 to spend on a class, so I'm looking more at the short class or maybe just the refresher after studying a lot on my own. I am not sure if I want to tackle the test without any sort of class though I know it is also an option.
What I am wondering is, do you benefit more in the job setting if you take a full class, or should I just get my certification with the less costly and faster methods so I can start working sooner? and What facilities have you all received your certification at and how was the experience?