What to expect from CNA courses...

  1. Hi Y'all,

    I am leaning toward taking cna courses in June...my husband and I were discussing whether or not to do that or just enroll in college and start the process for lpn. While both options are doable...the cna way first seems more practical because at least I can get employment asap (I hope !) and work for awhile and help bring in some income to add to the household, not to mention to get a fraction of an idea of what nursing is like. I was wondering, what can I look forward to in these courses? What types of things are taught?

    This course is at an Adult Ed. center, it is only 2 weeks long, with three days spent at a nursing home, and it is $395.00. For some reason I was thinking cna courses were longer and cost a lot more! Any advice or opinions would be welcome. Thank you.

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  3. by   2bnursewurst
    I have been a CNA for the past 3 years and love it. I chose to do this route to see if nursing was for me, it is. When I became a CNA it was a 6 month course - 3 weeks is cutting it short. You will learn the basics of nursing, patient care and how to help the patient take care of their activities of daily living (assisting with bathing, brushing teeth, eating, etc.) If you are a people person, this is the job for you. Good Luck.
  4. by   azgirl
    The nursing schools here have as one of the requirements that you be a CNA. It is a great way to see if its really for you and always helps to have an income while you are in school and any time you want one.