Information about CNA's

  1. What can you tell me about CNA training and payscales? I looked on salary websites and only found info on RN's and LPN's. Anything I should know in helping me in this career?
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  3. by   Blackcat99
    The best way to find out about CNA training is to call the nursing homes in your area. Where I live some of the places will hire you first and then pay you while they are training you. Salaries differ. Some pay good and others don't. At the assisted living centers in my state (Washington) they pay $7.50 an hour. At the nursing homes where they work you to death they pay $10 an hour. Good luck
  4. by   kahumai
    Community colleges frequently offer CNA classes, which is where I received mine at, which was around $650.

    In my area, a CNA at a hospital makes anywhere from $8/hr - $15/hr, depending on the floor and shift differentials, and they may also have benefits.

    A CNA in a nurrsing home usually makes $8/hr - $10/hr, and they may also have benefits.
  5. by   LuckyLadybug
    I know here in Northern Indiana nursing homes are in real need for CNAS and some will train and even pay you. I go to school with a woman who works at a nursing home and she make about 8.50 an hour and after being there a year she can become a QMA. I also go to school with a woman who works at the local hospital she is also a CNA and she makes a little over 9.00 and hour with shift differential and weekend pay. If you are interested in taking a CNA class I would check out or call a local nursing home or hospital. Best of luck to you.
  6. by   jenrninmi

    Here's a link on for nursing assistants. Looks like in my area, the average CNA makes about $10.52/hr. That's acually higher than I thought.
    Hope this helps!
    Last edit by JENRN2BMICHIGAN on Mar 28, '04 : Reason: Adding more info.
  7. by   LauraF, RN
    I think it depends on where you are wanting to work. CNA's out here are about $9-10 an hour. They will pay you $8 an hour while going to school. Some nursing homes pay for your tuition at the tech school or community college. Our LTC also pays for your Med Tech training too. I think CNA is a great way to start and decide if nursing is something you can do. Good luck on your decision.
  8. by   Love4Me
    I live in the metro detroit area of michigan, and am a cna. With my midnight shift premium, I make a little over $11/hr. I simply called many nursing homes in my area and asked if they were offering a cna training class (many did not but some did). The nursing home that I selected did not pay us (AT ALL) for the training. We began making 10 something after passing the class and after 6 months of employment we received a $500 bonus (compensation for not getting paid through the 2 week training).

    Since I am in Michigan, I also did a search of the website and found a phone number that when I called they sent me a list of all the nursing homes in my area who were medicaid approved and could teach the cna training class.

    A few websites you can try for calculating salary in your neck of the woods:

    I hope that this helps you.
  9. by   AmyLiz
    I took my CNA class through my community college (for the requirement for nursing school). Cost me just over $200 (it was a 6 credit hour class). A few folks too the class & planned on taking the state test & then getting a job somewhere. Many places will pay a bit more if you already have the STNA status.

    Pay varies from facility to facility. They don't pay very well, considering what you have to do in the job. Some folks take the CNA class & then take a phlebotomy class and/or EKG class & get a job at a hospital as a PCT. They pay a bit better, it seems, than the nursing homes.