Is it a good idea to take CNA classes after being rejected to a nursing program? I will have all my pre reqs completed by the end of this semester which should help me in the next application cycle. My school offers CNA programs this summer that I was thinking about taking in the meantime. It would only last through the summer. The next nursing program won't start until January 2012 so I have some extra time. I already have my EMT B cert. and it expires in May. I shouldn't have a problem recertifying before then but unfortunately I haven't done anything with the certification but volunteer with the local rescue squad for the last six months. You can apply to the hospital here after one year experience, but I'm not sure if the CNA would be better because it would probably be closer to nursing type experience. I was unable to include my emt cert in my app to the nursing program the last time and probably will not be able to include the cna, though I think they will be able to see I've taken it on my transcripts. If I get the CNA I will probably only be able to work from fall to spring if I get into the nursing program so I'm not sure if it's even worth it just for the little bit of experience. Anyone have any thoughts on this? I could also start taking some things that will transfer to other school as a back up plan. Any advice is much appreciated. thank you!