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Hi I am looking into becoming a CNA in western Wa and was wondering if anyone knew any info on where you could go to school,cost, and how long it would take to become certified. Any info would be great
Also, check out some local nursing homes. Some offer free classes. That's what I did. It took about 2 months and it was an 8 hour day 3 days a week. I didn't pay a penny except for the licensing exam (written test and skills demonstration). There was no work commitment either where I did it. Good luck!
Bates technical college just started to offer CNA classes. the class is about $754.00, but when you factor in the books, uniforms, and supplies like stethoscopes, it will cost you about $1,000. Financial aid is not available since it is a continuing education course
There are new classes starting roughly every 4 weeks and costs $655 to get started. Check em out! The timing of the course is perfect because it ends on May 11th, then I do my clinicals and then I begin to do my pre-reqs at Shoreline in the summer for RN.
How did you like this school? I'm starting this week and just wanted to hear what you thought. Did you start your clinical work right away? Where did you do those? Overall, did you like your experience there? I'm in the same boat - working on getting into school while doing the CNA route. Hoping that it won't be too tough to find work once I'm done.
Hope you're doing well!
It isn't really too difficult, you just read from a textbook, watch videos, perform in-class clinical, and also 40 hours of clinicals in a skilled nursing facility. It is important to follow along in the book, and study because you'll find that you may have 3 to 4 days in between classes, but then have a grouping of classes all in one week. Pay attention in class, and get to know some of the people there, you never know, you may make some good friends!
Do you mind if I ask where you're doing your clinical? Is there a bit of choice in where you can work? Really looking forward to the course -and really appreciate your reply! Thank you!
I probably shouldn't name the place of the clinical, but it's a local skilled nursing home. When you schedule your clinical, we had three options that would best fit our schedules. I chose the evening shift so that I would be able to also work with some of the people from the class, so that I felt a little more comfortable with familiar faces.
They did offer CNA classes at a couple of LTC facilities I know of in Eastern Washington. That was a few years back so I'm not sure if they still do. The classes were posted in the classifieds in our local newspaper with all of the other jobs in healthcare. I hope you find what you need!