CNA Required before RN?

  1. 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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  3. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from CazAndTea
    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.
  4. by   GaCaneFan
    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.
  5. by   monkeyshines
    Some schools have that requirement, but definitely not all.
  6. by   CazAndTea
    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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