Howdy! everyone. I'm a college student in Texas, majoring in Allied Health. I'm getting ready to take a class at the red cross in TX (CPR/First Aid). Then I'm going to take a CNA course over the summer (Kilgore College).
IN the fall I will return to school to keep working on my undergrad degree. I was thinking of transferring to a BSN nursing program, but that would mean I would have to leave my current school. I know I won't get into TAMU's nursing program. Ther are only 25 -30 spots available. I don't have a 6.0 GPA. So again, I will complete the undergrad at TAMU, then apply for a nursing program, perhaps UT in Austin.
In the meantime, I want to get started with learning medical stuff, working with patients, using my body, and helping people. After the CNA training over the summer 2018 and passing the state exam, I would like to work part time as a CNA while in school.
Does anyone know of any intense pre-nursing programs or CNA program I can sign up for after I complete the CNA training? Maybe I will sign up for volunteer work overseas during the summer. Are there any intense first training programs?
Thank you for your feedback.
A typical CNA class will either last through the summer or one semester. Once you complete that, the facility you work at is required to give you 12 hours of inservice (continuing education) per year. Other than that, there is not a CNA program after the class you are planning on taking. As far as pre-nursing goes, make sure you check the requirements for the specific school you want to apply to. The prerequisites may be different. The best thing you can do is start working as a CNA after you get your license and gain some practical experience. I hope this helps!
Honestly if I were you, I would focus 100% on nursing school. Being a CNA for a time will help you a ton but not if you are currently getting your BSN; you will be so busy you will just drive yourself insane. Just P.S. there really should be no such thing as an "intense CNA program," if there is it would be a waste of your money. If you are seriously interested in working as a CNA you should be focused on getting into the cheapest training course as possible in order to pass your state's exam, and then when you get a CNA job they will give you a couple weeks orientation which is when you will learn what you will actually be doing on the job. So honestly if you've already been accepted into nursing school it isn't even worth your time. Just study more and be the best nurse you can be.