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It did not count in my RN program, but it did count in my LPN program. I think that being a CNA before becoming a nurses is a really good idea. It will help you decide whether or not you like the health care/patients environment, before you go and spend years in college and thousands of $$$ to become an RN.
Hello! At the CC I attend in North Florida, admittance to the program is geared to how many points you have acquired (mostly thru your grades)..for those applying to the nursing program, a CNA (EMT & LPN also) is awarded an extra 20 points on their application..whew..thinking I should get that certificate just for the clinical and points value alone before I apply!
CNA does not "count" as credit in RN schools (that I am aware) but certainly will count as giving you excellent experience. Try to find an employer who reimburses for education, which would be an added plus!