Tulsa Area CNA Training Information

  1. 0 Hi all!

    I have been doing lots of research over the past few months for CNA training so I thought I'd get it all together and hopefully it will help someone. Please let me know if I have made a mistake, something should be added, etc. I want this to be accurate and will edit the page as needed.


    Dream Maker School for Health Care Aides
    ~Tuition: $525 plus shoes, scrubs, stethoscope, state certification fees, and TB skin test.
    ~10 day classes.

    Wings Health Care Training
    .~Tuition: $550. (They offer a Home Health Aide class for $125 but the CNA class is required first.)

    Interim HealthCare

    ~4 week class M-Thur 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    ~Financial Aid Available
    ~Tuition: $550.00

    OSU Certified Nurse Aide Training
    ~Tuition is free if you agree to work in an approved LTC facility for 12 months; otherwise, it is about $455.
    ~Day classes M-F for 12 days from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Tulsa Technology Center

    Tulsa Community College
    ~I think this is PCT training rather than CNA.

    Oklahoma State Department of Health Nurse Aide Registry
    ~This is a list of approved training programs in the state, including LTC facilites. Type the name of your nearest city in the search box to see if there are any programs close to you.


    Dondie
    Last edit by Elvish on Jun 1, '09 : Reason: Removing names and telephone #s, leaving links
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    From 'Near Tulsa, OK'; 31 Years Old; Joined Aug '08; Posts: 434; Likes: 228.

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  3. Visit  stitchmup profile page
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    This list has been a wonderful help!! My daughter has been trying to find a program, and still be able to work. We've decided to give the Wings program a try.You cannot imagine the problems we've had with the OSU CNA Training class. We signed up in Jenks for the Tulsa class around April 15th. Apparently, their HR person was not doing their job and was fired (this is what we were told). She lost her application. Had we not gone to the Jenks office, it would have been swept under the rug. We only went there because we had called every day for a week and got nowhere, and now it was the Friday before the class and we still had not heard anything. The Jenks office overnighted the app to OSU, and also faxed it to them while we were there. They (OSU) would not take her because they had to have the original in their hand, which would be on their desk Monday morning anyway. This sounded ridiculous! It only got worse.She said she would wait until the next class. The Jenks office told us she would be put in that one. Class time rolls around...nothing. When I called, they said the Jenks office sent a lot of apps to them, so she would be in the NEXT class! It's now June 1st...still no class. Now we're told she'll be in the NEXT class, around the middle of June. Okay...totally ridiculous, but okay. It gets worse.Today we actually got a phone call from them. They won't be having another class in Tulsa for awhile, so would we consider driving to CLEVELAND??!! What kind of 3-ring circus are they running there?! If there's no more organization than that, I'm not so sure I'd want to be learning from them, much less have them treating my loved ones! I can see it now..."Well ma'am, we don't know where we put your father, but we'll see if we can findhim next month!"
  4. Visit  Dondie profile page
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    Geez, that is awful! I haven't talked with anyone who has taken the course there but I will keep your story in mind. I haven't heard to many great things about Wings either so please let me know if it worked out for your daughter.

    I went through Interim for my training and I can't say enough good things about them! I would train through them again if I had to and recommend them 100%.

    Thanks for sharing your story. I hope it helps someone else trying to get training.
  5. Visit  juliaann profile page
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    Do you know if there's any way to become state certified as a CNA without taking one of these courses? I've been working as a Nurse Aide and Cross Trained Assistant at a Tulsa hospital for over a year now...except I'm not certified. I'm applying to nursing school in a few weeks and being a CNA is an admission requirement...they said I can *try* petitioning it since I work as a Nurse Aide - with letters from my instructor and managers, but that it would be best to try to get certified quickly, if I want to get accepted for the Spring. I REALLY don't want to pay $500+ to learn things I already know and do every day. Is there a way I can just sit for state certification? I can't seem to find this info anywhere! Is there a state website with information about certification?
  6. Visit  Dondie profile page
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    The only website I know of is the deparment of health. The best way I could think of to find out if you HAVE to take the class is to call one of the testing sites. I took mine at the Green Country Technology Center in Okmulgee, which I heard was the easiest place. Tulsa Tech does testing also.

    I am concerned for you though because even though you know what you're doing, there's still all the book stuff you have to know in order to take the written test. A lot of it is questions over LTC-type stuff. Plus having to know the "correct" way to perform your skills.

    I guess if all else fails you can take the course at Wings or Dream Makers since those are the shortest. Other than that, I really don't know.

    Let me know what you find out.

    Dondie
  7. Visit  juliaann profile page
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    Thanks for your reply! Since my last comment, I have decided to take TCC's CNA I course this fall. It's only 5 weeks and tuition cost is $280 (I'm not sure about books/supplies/scrubs yet, it'll probably end up being comparable to the other programs you list above). It's 3 credit hours, and since I'm already taking classes there in the fall, it'll be the easiest on my schedule. Plus, if I do the TCC CNA course, when I apply to TCC nursing school they don't require an additional skills assesment. So that's nice. I think they prefer you take their CNA course.

    I do feel totally confident in my book knowledge - maybe not *all* the LTC details since I've never worked LTC, but enough to be able to take a test - we have many geriatric patients and deal with sundowner's, Alzheimers, confusion, mobility issues and daily care challenges of the geriatric patient. My hospital trained us using accredited CNA curriculum, 1 week of 8 hours a day lecture, and 4 weeks of clincals, then a written exam and a skills exam. It really should have been a state approved program, but my instructor was in the process of getting it approved when she accepted a job at another hospital, and the new instructor just doesn't care, since she kind of got thrown into the job and already has other responsibilities.

    And I know I probably don't do all my skills the "proper" way all the time (does anyone after a year on the floors? LOL), but I certainly remember how and try to as much as possible, since I'm the main preceptor for the ortho and cardiac floors and have a student or orientee almost every shift.

    I really think I would be fine sitting for the exam now, but I know it's best to do things in the proper way, and I'm sure I'll learn something new taking the class. I know it will be good for me to take a course, but I'm still going to grumble about the extra cost and extra time.

    I appreciate this list you've compiled - it's a great resource!
  8. Visit  Dondie profile page
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    Sounds like you're confident and headed in the right direction. I hope everything goes well for you and wish you the best! Good luck!!

    Dondie
  9. Visit  smclendon profile page
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    Hello,

    I just completed the CNA program offered from OSU-OKC and passed my CNA exams on August 5. I had no problem with the class which I took out in Claremore. So I would recommend it to others. Good Luck!
  10. Visit  Ash84 profile page
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    I live in Claremore and I've been looking up CNA programs for months. U went through OSU-OKC to get classes in Claremore? If you could give me any info, I'd grealty appreciate it.
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    Quote from Ash84
    I live in Claremore and I've been looking up CNA programs for months. U went through OSU-OKC to get classes in Claremore? If you could give me any info, I'd grealty appreciate it.


    Here is the location: (You will apply at this location unless OSU tells you otherwise)

    Tulsa/Claremore apply at
    Wood Manor Nursing Center
    2800 N Hickory Street,
    Claremore, OK 74017





    I hope this helps
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Aug 18, '09 : Reason: Please do not post phone numbers
  12. Visit  pajnra profile page
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    i went to dream maker cna. the program was good and very fast-paced since it was only 2 weeks but it's very do-able. first week was lecture and second week was clinical at st. johns
  13. Visit  momirios profile page
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    hello I have always been interested in nursing but dont have the money for school, I want to be medical assistent . A friend recommended career point or wright school, the downside is that these schools cost over 10,000 and it is hard to get a grant for them. I am interested in becoming a cna and I am considering going to Wings . Where can you go if you want a medical assistent certificate ? That doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Thank you for looking at this
  14. Visit  juliaann profile page
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    Quote from momirios
    hello I have always been interested in nursing but dont have the money for school, I want to be medical assistent . A friend recommended career point or wright school, the downside is that these schools cost over 10,000 and it is hard to get a grant for them. I am interested in becoming a cna and I am considering going to Wings . Where can you go if you want a medical assistent certificate ? That doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Thank you for looking at this
    You can take a Registered Medical Assistant program at Tulsa Tech for about $1500 + books and supplies. It says it's a 1-semester long program from 7:55am-2:40pm every weekday. It says there is financial aid available.

    Here's the info:
    http://www.tulsatech.edu/Programs/Content/MASA.PC.pdf

    You can also take CNA classes there, or at TCC, or any number of other places.

    I would think long and hard about being an Medical Assistant - not many places in Tulsa hire them, and I haven't seen many openings. I know the doctors I work with perfer to use LPNs in their offices and clinics since LPNs have a wider scope of practice and their pay is about as much as MAs. If I were you, I would get my CNA, and then work for a while to save up money for nursing school. Tulsa Tech has a very affordable LPN program, and TCC's RN program isn't too pricey either. I've been putting myself through TCC's pre-requisites while working full time and not having to take out any loans. You'll likely find more opportunities as a CNA, and it's good experience if you want to be a nurse, and pay can be about the same as an MA would make, especially if you work as CNA in a hospital.

    I used to do peer interviews for CNA applicants at the hospital I work at, and I would say about 50% of the people I interviewed had gone through an MA program, were in debt because of it, and couldn't find a job as an MA. You might do well to save some money and go for your CNA now - it's faster, cheaper, more in demand, and will get you a career in healthcare where you can really learn a lot.

    Good luck, I hope everything works out well for you!
    Last edit by juliaann on Jul 1, '10


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