LTC class or community college?

  1. I was planning on taking cna classes this summer and at first I assumed that I would be taking them at my cc. Some pros foe cc are- Night classes, and weekends so I don't have to find chilcare during the day. The cons- about 600$ and the classes are 12 weeks as opposed to 4 for full time classes.

    Now the pro-s and cons for ltc training, pro- they pay you, and the training you have will help you when you start working at that particular ltc unit.Also, I read in todays paper about one place that evan pays for nursing school if you wan't to stay, I've heard of that for hospitals but never ltc.

    cons- you probably have to sign something, promising to stay a certain amount of time.

    Also, for you seasoned cna's, did you see a difference in the quality of training between the cna's coming from cc as opposed to ltc training?
    Thanks for your input!
  2. Visit Irene joy profile page

    About Irene joy

    Joined: Jul '05; Posts: 244; Likes: 39
    stay at home mom and day care provider; from WA , US


  3. by   caliotter3
    I had the experience of direct observation of the education being provided CNA students at one of the LTC facilities I worked at. I would recommend going to the CC course over the LTC course. College credit, higher credibility, more than likely a higher level of teaching the course content, looks better on your cc transcripts to have as much health related courses as possible for when you apply to nrsg school. This cc course may be transferable units. You won't get transferable units from a LTC facility. Unless you are seriously considering limiting your employment and progression in nursing to working as a CNA in LTC, you would generally be making a better choice by going to the course offered at the CC. Also, if like the local CC where I'm at, they have two CNA courses, the second one being for acute care CNA. The first CNA course is a pre req for the acute care CNA course. If this is so at your CC, you will be broadening your employment opportunites by taking both courses. Good luck with your decision.
  4. by   Irene joy
    Thanks for your response! The cna class at my cc is part of the continuing education program and is not looked at towards nursing school.They also offer two cna courses, one is 100$ more than the other and I'm not sure why.Curently, I've finished all pre-requs with a 3.95 and am waiting to apply for next springs nursing program. I hope it has something to do with more acute training, but I have yet to get a hold of anyone in that department to tell me. I think I am leaning toward the cc, hopefully to geta more balanced education and not specifically ltc.