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CNA Required before RN?

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by CazAndTea CazAndTea (New) New

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Hello,

I'm interested in becoming a registered nurse, but I've been told by two BSN nurses that the state of Georgia now requires nurses to obtain their CNA before they can be accepted into a nursing program. Currently, I'm a high school student and I've been creating a plan to get my nursing degree in the future, but I curious to know if I have to get my CNA first (trying to get an idea of how long I will need to be in school and costs).

Thanks!

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Sour Lemon has 9 years experience.

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Hello,

I'm interested in becoming a registered nurse, but I've been told by two BSN nurses that the state of Georgia now requires nurses to obtain their CNA before they can be accepted into a nursing program. Currently, I'm a high school student and I've been creating a plan to get my nursing degree in the future, but I curious to know if I have to get my CNA first (trying to get an idea of how long I will need to be in school and costs).

Thanks!

I've never heard of a law that required one to become a CNA before nursing school, although some nursing programs may require it. I would recommend that you check out a few schools in your area and see what their specific requirements are. Most programs have a LOT of information available online.

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GaCaneFan has 9 years experience.

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Not aware of any school specifically having this a requirement although they would favorably on the experience it affords. The state of Georgia that I'm aware of does not have such a requirement.

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monkeyshines has 1 years experience.

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Some schools have that requirement, but definitely not all.

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I apologize for not replying!

Thank you for the responses! Yeah, not all schools require a CNA prior to a nursing program but I appreciate the feed-back.

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On 4/30/2018 at 11:17 AM, GaCaneFan said:

Not aware of any school specifically having this a requirement although they would favorably on the experience it affords. The state of Georgia that I'm aware of does not have such a requirement.

The only one I've seen that I'm considering is Georgia Highlands.  Of course, this requirement pushes them down the list a couple of notches.  They actually don't care if you work as a CNA (which would probably be a benefit), but just want you to be licensed.  I suppose it could weed out some people on the fence.

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On 4/22/2019 at 2:11 PM, jlmcgrot said:

The only one I've seen that I'm considering is Georgia Highlands.  Of course, this requirement pushes them down the list a couple of notches.  They actually don't care if you work as a CNA (which would probably be a benefit), but just want you to be licensed.  I suppose it could weed out some people on the fence.

I know the response is late and I apologize; I am currently at Georgia State University, and I have not heard anything about a CNA being required to apply to the Nursing school, but I just had two nurses tonight swear up and down it was a pre-req for Nursing school. Thank you again though for your response!

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