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  1. 0 Does a CNA certificate count for anything when going to school to be an RN?
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    About sonja24

    sonja24 has '3' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Emergency Department'. From 'PA'; 36 Years Old; Joined Feb '04; Posts: 56.

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  3. Visit  RNBEAUTY2003 profile page
    Quote from sonja24
    Does a CNA certificate count for anything when going to school to be an RN?
    I don't think so.
  4. Visit  Hellllllo Nurse profile page
    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.
  5. Visit  sonja24 profile page
    Thanks guys. Didn't think so but it was worth a shot
  6. Visit  Paleobug profile page
    In the program that I'm trying to get into, CNA training and experience counts as points to get in. The more points you have, the better chance you have.
  7. Visit  CappucinoMama profile page
    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!
  8. Visit  S.N. Visit profile page
    At my C.C, Having a current CNA certificate exempts you from having to take nursing essentials 1.

    My CNA has lapsed, so unfortunately I will have to take nursing ess. 1.
  9. Visit  purplemania profile page
    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!
  10. Visit  moonbunnie profile page
    At the BSN program I am applying to, they gave me 3 hours elective credit for having taken the CNA course at community college.