How To Become A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) - page 2

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are healthcare workers who work under the supervision and direction of registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), or physicians. Keep in mind that... Read More

  1. by   BBRANRN2013
    When I was finished my first 2 semesters (part time ADN RN) I took the CNA test and passed with flying colors! You learn everything in RN school! I have 3 semesters of RN school left and I can't wait!
  2. by   mandalin18
    In my BSN program, you're automatically qualified to work as a CNA, based on completion of your 2nd semester clinicals. I applied at our hospital & had an interview, so I'm waiting & praying for a call back.
  3. by   VampyrSlayer
    I'm just finishing my class now. It was about 1300 (but that was less than ccs and Red Cross). In the state of NH you get reimbursed for the cost of the class if you work for at least 6 months at a nh ltc. I'm a VT resident and got a grant. The school itself is in nh and that's where my license will be issued, I also plan on getting a job in nh.
  4. by   SeattleJess
    Quote from KimberlyRN89
    That is beyond scary. I read one post on the CNA forum a couple of yrs back about a guy who was thinking of going into an "advanced PCT" program that cost about $15 grand! I don't think these type of programs exist in my area..but boy oh boy are there a lot of medical assistant programs..but that's a totally different topic for another day lol.

    I took my CNA training at a community college and tested at a CNA training facility. The students who went to the CNA specialty school paid a third of what I did and spent a third of the time. (Four weeks, $500 dollars vs. one quarter and over $1500.) I spent more time on bookwork but really, that was just a watered-down and unnecessary version of the prereqs I'd already taken for nursing school. The specialty school students had practiced at the very same site where they were tested... and that's got to be an advantage. They all flew through their skills exams.

    The advantage of the college course is that I got a personal recommendation from an RN who was the head of a CNA program at a college. Maybe that was more helpful to me in getting work than one from a specialty school; I really don't know. Otherwise, I'd say go for the lower cost, less time school that lets you test where you trained.
  5. by   Ally082
    American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training program is approximately 4 weeks and costs $1350. This includes clinicals in a LTC Facility or other approved site, cost for the state certification test, supplies, books and a graduation ceremony.

    Not included:You must pay for particular color scrub pants, top, watch with a second hand, all white sneakers(no clogs) and any additional (obvious) supplies like notebook, pens, etc.

    It's accelerated and very strict because it's only 4 weeks but they really help you prepare and find employment. Many graduates get hired by the clinical sites and they have a job fair specifically for their graduates. The Red Cross is well known and very respected so having their recommendation is very helpful.

    *sometimes they offer grants and scholarships but you never know what's available unless you try. They hold classes all different times during the year.