What are the CNA classes like?

  1. I would love to hear experiences from those of you who took your CNA classes here in Phoenix. I am going to be going to the southwest skill center this year for mine. It's supposed to be 6w long, M-T, 8-2:30 and then she told me the clinical is from 6-1, and I guess that's one day a week?

    So my question is, how did you find the workload? Were you taking any other classes at this time? I am in Rio's A&P1 and Food and Nutrition class so, I'm hoping this will still be doable as I'm doing the CNA course. What were the clinicals like? Were they one day a week for you?

    Rebecca
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  3. by   klone
    Quote from PhoenixGirl
    I would love to hear experiences from those of you who took your CNA classes here in Phoenix. I am going to be going to the southwest skill center this year for mine. It's supposed to be 6w long, M-T, 8-2:30 and then she told me the clinical is from 6-1, and I guess that's one day a week?

    So my question is, how did you find the workload? Were you taking any other classes at this time? I am in Rio's A&P1 and Food and Nutrition class so, I'm hoping this will still be doable as I'm doing the CNA course. What were the clinicals like? Were they one day a week for you?

    Rebecca
    Mine was through my school (Yavapai), but the way ours was set up (and I imagine it's not totally different for other schools since they all have the same licensing requirements) - we had approx. 80-100 hours of classroom first (for us that was M-F, 8-4, for 3 weeks, but we often got let out of class early). After we completed the classroom, we went to our clinical assignment which added up to be around 30-40 hours of clinical training (which you could choose to do as either half days for 2 1/2 weeks or full days for 1 week).

    The workload was very easy. It was all very common-sense stuff, and I don't think any of us actually opened up our texts and read a thing, and we still passed with A's. I was taking Microbiology at the same time, also. The only slightly difficult thing was that it was just very time-intensive with the 8 hours of classroom every day, but that certainly doesn't sound like the case for you. You shouldn't have any problem completing it and doing well in your other classes, as well.
  4. by   PhoenixGirl
    Thank you so much for answering this. I am relieved to hear it's not too intense.
  5. by   ayndim
    Quote from PhoenixGirl
    I would love to hear experiences from those of you who took your CNA classes here in Phoenix. I am going to be going to the southwest skill center this year for mine. It's supposed to be 6w long, M-T, 8-2:30 and then she told me the clinical is from 6-1, and I guess that's one day a week?

    So my question is, how did you find the workload? Were you taking any other classes at this time? I am in Rio's A&P1 and Food and Nutrition class so, I'm hoping this will still be doable as I'm doing the CNA course. What were the clinicals like? Were they one day a week for you?

    Rebecca
    When do you start? I start on the Feb 22 day class.
  6. by   PhoenixGirl
    Quote from ayndim
    When do you start? I start on the Feb 22 day class.
    I start at SWSC on Feb 22nd also, but I'm in the HCC's 6w class. Then I move onto the 6w CNA program, and then the 9 month LPN program.

    You'll have to let me know what the CNA class is like! Good luck.

    Rebecca
  7. by   ayndim
    Quote from PhoenixGirl
    I start at SWSC on Feb 22nd also, but I'm in the HCC's 6w class. Then I move onto the 6w CNA program, and then the 9 month LPN program.

    You'll have to let me know what the CNA class is like! Good luck.

    Rebecca

    Good luck to you too. I did the HCC classes through Rio and they were a piece of cake. I will let you know how the CNA class is. I hope it is somewhat easy to learn because I am also doing Bio 202 and FON 241.
  8. by   PhoenixGirl
    I'm doing bio 201 and FON right now. Are you in Jagiello's nutrition class?

    So have you recieved anything from SWSC about starting the class? The thing I dislike about them is that they send you nothing in the mail. I got my acceptance letter so long ago, and have checked in with them a few weeks ago. She said they don't send anything out, and I'm just supposed to show up at SWSC at 8am on the 22nd. Uh, Where the heck do I go? I'm going to feel so dumb....

    Rebecca
  9. by   ayndim
    Quote from PhoenixGirl
    I'm doing bio 201 and FON right now. Are you in Jagiello's nutrition class?

    So have you recieved anything from SWSC about starting the class? The thing I dislike about them is that they send you nothing in the mail. I got my acceptance letter so long ago, and have checked in with them a few weeks ago. She said they don't send anything out, and I'm just supposed to show up at SWSC at 8am on the 22nd. Uh, Where the heck do I go? I'm going to feel so dumb....

    Rebecca
    I have Jagiello too. I started 1/10. I love the class. I just registered last week. They said I will get something in the mail the week prior and there will be an orientation. However, I am only in the CNA class. I guess if I don't hear from them I will be standing with you. I plan on going to the place I registered at in that case.

    Who do you have for BIO 201?
  10. by   PhoenixGirl
    Quote from ayndim
    I have Jagiello too. I started 1/10. I love the class. I just registered last week. They said I will get something in the mail the week prior and there will be an orientation. However, I am only in the CNA class. I guess if I don't hear from them I will be standing with you. I plan on going to the place I registered at in that case.

    Who do you have for BIO 201?
    For 201 I have Freed. She is really awesome. I like how both her and Jagiello are prompt at responding and grading homework. I had this one chic for psych 101 that was horrible! She didn't even turn the final grade in for like 6w even though she told me it would only be 2w!

    Anyway, how are you studying for the FON? I find that there is a ton of vocab, so I've made cards with answers on the back and just keep going over and over them. The info is easy to understand, there is just SO much so I am studying a lot. So for I've gotton full marks on every assignment and essay.I'm nervous about how the midterm will go though.

    I never heard anything from swsc and I signed up for all this last year, MONTHS ago! So I think I will head on over there since I'm here at the school library anyway and ask them whats up.

    Rebecca
  11. by   ayndim
    Quote from PhoenixGirl
    For 201 I have Freed. She is really awesome. I like how both her and Jagiello are prompt at responding and grading homework. I had this one chic for psych 101 that was horrible! She didn't even turn the final grade in for like 6w even though she told me it would only be 2w!

    Anyway, how are you studying for the FON? I find that there is a ton of vocab, so I've made cards with answers on the back and just keep going over and over them. The info is easy to understand, there is just SO much so I am studying a lot. So for I've gotton full marks on every assignment and essay.I'm nervous about how the midterm will go though.

    I never heard anything from swsc and I signed up for all this last year, MONTHS ago! So I think I will head on over there since I'm here at the school library anyway and ask them whats up.

    Rebecca
    I did a food and nutrition class in Culinary School so this is just a review and so far I am finding it pretty easy (knock on wood). I took it in 1993 but since it was a class specifically for chef's it is not acceptable for nursing. However, the class for culinary school was alot more heavily chemistry based. Go figure.
  12. by   PhoenixGirl
    Quote from ayndim
    I did a food and nutrition class in Culinary School so this is just a review and so far I am finding it pretty easy (knock on wood). I took it in 1993 but since it was a class specifically for chef's it is not acceptable for nursing. However, the class for culinary school was alot more heavily chemistry based. Go figure.
    Oh culinary school! I was seriously considering culinary school at one point, but decided to go for nursing instead. So I bet this FON class is just a piece of cake for you.

    How is bio 202 going? It's pretty similar to 201, just different systems, correct?

    Rebecca
  13. by   ayndim
    Quote from PhoenixGirl
    Oh culinary school! I was seriously considering culinary school at one point, but decided to go for nursing instead. So I bet this FON class is just a piece of cake for you.

    How is bio 202 going? It's pretty similar to 201, just different systems, correct?

    Rebecca

    Actually I am finding it much easier. It is more than memorization and once you find out the reasoning behind a function it all seems to fall in place.


    I just found out today I got into the CNA program at Boswell/Mesa CC. Only $220. I had been waitlisted. So I spent the day running arounding getting my book and registering, dropping and adding. The class started Monday so I have to catch up.
  14. by   PhoenixGirl
    Quote from ayndim
    Actually I am finding it much easier. It is more than memorization and once you find out the reasoning behind a function it all seems to fall in place.


    I just found out today I got into the CNA program at Boswell/Mesa CC. Only $220. I had been waitlisted. So I spent the day running arounding getting my book and registering, dropping and adding. The class started Monday so I have to catch up.
    I'm glad to hear 202 is easier. We are doing skeletal system right now, and the only reason it isn't driving me crazy is my 5th grade PE teacher taught us all proper names of the bones in the body through rote memorization over the course of that school year. Who knew how handy it would be to me years later!

    If you don't mind me asking, how is 205 through Rio? I'll probably be doing 202 at the same time as 205 when I'm done with the LPN program. They are the last of my prereqs I will need.

    Good luck with the boswell program. I've heard about it, it's much closer to you in Surprise, right? Let me know as much detail as you can. Good luck with catching up!

    I saw in your other post you say your cousin (???) is looking into the SWSC program? Tell her to apply to the MCSC too! They are both the same thing but she might possibly get in one before the other. I also hear Gateway has encorporated an online nursing program just like RIo. I know you are looking into the online program so just wanted to let you know so you could check it out.

    Rebecca

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