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CNA Pre-req... FRUSTRATED!!!!

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by Alisonisayoshi Alisonisayoshi (Member)

Alisonisayoshi works as a LVN Post Acute/SNF/LTC.

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I just want to rant... Just for a minute... How am I supposed to find the time (and $$$$) to attend a CNA course... It's either community college ADN RN or BSN at the school of my choice and the only thing in my way, aside from Statistics, is a CNA. Really?!?! Guess it will be A&P and Chem and Child Development, and JOY, a CNA class too!!!!

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Racer15 has 5 years experience and works as a RN.

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My CNA class was fairly easy and not really time consuming. Class two times a week for a month. It's kind of a pain in the rear but if it's required, you've just gotta buckle down and do it!

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Alisonisayoshi works as a LVN Post Acute/SNF/LTC.

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I'm only finding four day courses! Bah! I shouldn't have waited so long it's my own fault. I'm applying to my choice BSN programs next November which is getting close, and I don't want to get stuck in my back up ADN programs over a silly cert course! The job market in California is tooooooo tight to not have a BSN! Bah! But good to know its not horribly hard thank you :)

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NightNerd has 5 years experience as a ASN, BSN, RN and works as a Med-psych nurse.

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I think you'll probably find it pretty rewarding in the end, and it gives you a chance to work and gain experience (another thing that will help with that nasty job market down the road). I feel you on the expense of it, but think of it as an investment! :yes:

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crichards00 works as a RN.

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My course was one week long! 5-10hr class room days and 2-12hr clinicals. Very quick & easy

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Alisonisayoshi works as a LVN Post Acute/SNF/LTC.

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I wish I could find something quick and easy that i could do on semester break!

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I looked at some programs that were like 19 days long. Very intense but you're in and out quickly.

(These programs were in northern CA, btw.)

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Ndoht has 4 years experience and works as a Nursing Assistant II.

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I'm not sure if this will help you. I just finished my CNA course at a local community college. I took the course on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I took four other courses at the college on Mondays and Wednesdays. The course was from August to November, and we paid $245 for both the lecture portion and the clinical portion. I guess you'll have to find a CNA program that fits with your course schedule or take one that is super short and fast, but the latter choice do risk you in getting efficiently trained.

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I just did my CNA class and I agree it's a pain, I also think it is unnecessary. I really didn't enjoy my class or the clinical work environment but it did enlighten me to the fact that I would rather not work in long term care at a nursing home. Overall the class was very easy and took 1 month to complete from 8am-12pm. One downside was that it didn't count for credit so my current loan deferments were stopped and I had to make some loan payments I couldn't really afford because I had all ready paid that money to the CNA school and the community college I took Micro at.

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