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by Foxym3 Foxym3 (New Member) New Member

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Hi

So I decided to go for CNA training but I'm not sure which community college I should go.

My options are Clatsop Community College which has 11 weeks (as what they said on the web page), Portland Community College around 12 weeks, and Lower Columbia College has 8 credits (doesn't how long). I have kids that I will have to pay for baby sitting while in the training and really don't have much wiggle room when it comes to expenses. Please if anyone has a recent experience with community college I mentioned pls let me know. Thank you to all.

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HeatherB90 has <1 years experience and works as a CNA.

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hmmmm, I just posted a comment but don't think it added.

Please check this school out.

They are in Vancouver.

MaryAnn's CNA Training School |

Best of luck, I just passed my boards with them and they are under 1000 dollar tuition, and less than 7 weeks long.

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Hi

Thank you for your reply. And CONGRATS for passing the board exam!

I called them and I think they offer a cost effective training program. I just have one concern, how's is the training? Do you feel like you it prepared you to do the job or being a CNA? I'm new in heathcare and I'm nervous if I can meet the job expectation. Thank you so much

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HeatherB90 has <1 years experience and works as a CNA.

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Yes! I feel like they totally prepared me. The people who run it just bought a new facility as well so they are expanding. They have glowing reviews and even our examiner said it was one of the best sites in the state to learn. They also test you for your boards there. The place is family run almost everyone is a nurse or CNA. And they know the system in and out. They made me feel very welcome and were patient and encouraging.

My cohort had nurse Staci and Hannah. And Maryann herself is super nice. For clinical we went to a assisted living facility and you really get in there and work with the patients. I am fairly new in healthcare myself, at least patient oriented. Although I was a medical interpreter before but you don't need any experience. After all being a CNA is getting your foot in the door to bigger things.

I can't recommend them enough, considering I wanted a short class that was affordable and quality care. They are it. Let me know if you have any other questions. Best of luck!

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HeatherB90 has <1 years experience and works as a CNA.

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Also Thanks For the congrats! I'm stoked I can finally apply for that job I have my eye on.

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Hi there,

I'm glad to hear it. Did you went to the evening classes or the daytime classes? I'm thinking to go to their Vancouver Facility but they have a new one in Woodland that is a bit closer to me. How's the job search? Did it help that you went to Mary Ann's? Does going to community college for CNA help someone to land a job? Looking at PCC and CCC, it is expensive (relatively to what I can afford) Sorry, I have so many questions. I really appreciate your time

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Hi there,

I'm glad to hear it. Did you went to the evening classes or the daytime classes? I'm thinking to go to their Vancouver Facility but they have a new one in Woodland that is a bit closer to me. How's the job search? Did it help that you went to Mary Ann's? Does going to community college for CNA help someone to land a job? Looking at PCC and CCC, it is expensive (relatively to what I can afford) Sorry, I have so many questions. I really appreciate your time

I went there a couple years ago and Maryann's was great. I've never had a CNA job though, I just did is as the requirement for my nursing pre-req's. I don't think it really matters where you get your CNA cert. at as long as you have it. The place that we did out clinical at would often higher the students.

If your looking for a certain type of CNA position, I think that experience would be your best bet on getting one of the higher paying jobs. I did the afternoon/evening class and I want to say it was 2 days a week with maybe 3 Saturdays for clinical.

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HeatherB90 has <1 years experience and works as a CNA.

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Hi again, well I did the day classes and it was only about 2.5 weeks long and went to the Vancouver one. If the woodland one is closer I say go for it.

Also most CC programs don't guarantee job placement but a lot of the clinical sites hire too as pinky said above.

As far as the job search I had 2 interviews so far just waiting to get the final license cause I'm trying for an agency. And for that you need license in hand versus with a facility you have up to 120 days to get your license and some will even pay for your exams. Talk with a facility see what their policies are. :)

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Thank you so much! and best of luck! You given me valuable information.

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