Highschool and CNA?

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Hey, I have a few questions for CNAs. I am still in high school and there is a 5 week CNA program, its 5 saturdays and $450 for everything (the class, exam, cpr, first aid). I am then elligable to take the exam and be licensed. I graduate highschool in june 2010 and want a CNA job because I feel it will be better then working at a fast food resturant. Good idea?

Is it hard being a CNA and going to school?

Does this program sound good (I am a fast learner)?

What is it like being a CNA?

Anything you wish someone told you?

CandAmommy

134 Posts

When do you plan to actually work? I think it would be difficult while you are still in highschool. Most shifts you would be able to do would be 11-7 or 12 hour 7-7, but than when would you sleep? Or did you plan to just work on weekends? It is hard work. If you think you can do it, go for it!

TaraRae123

69 Posts

I am still thinking it through, but I could work weekends and a few nights per week. I worked housekeeping after school last year, and waitressed on weekends and still managed all A's. Nursing will require more effort so I hope I can handle it.

CandAmommy

134 Posts

You will be way too tired if you plan to work nights during the school week. That is just my opinion of course.

Jolie, BSN

6,375 Posts

Specializes in Maternal - Child Health.

Does your school offer CNA training as part of a vocational program? You may be able to take CNA training for high school credit and without the cost of tuition. Check with your high schol counselor.

Good luck!

fuzzywuzzy, CNA

1,816 Posts

Specializes in LTC.

I thought you had to be 18 to be a CNA. And already have a high school diploma.

TaraRae123

69 Posts

Not in Florida. You need to be 18 if you are challenging the exam. Any age if you take a state approved course.

ohiocleveland

56 Posts

Hey, I have a few questions for CNAs. I am still in high school and there is a 5 week CNA program, its 5 saturdays and $450 for everything (the class, exam, cpr, first aid). I am then elligable to take the exam and be licensed. I graduate highschool in june 2010 and want a CNA job because I feel it will be better then working at a fast food resturant. Good idea?

Is it hard being a CNA and going to school?

Does this program sound good (I am a fast learner)?

What is it like being a CNA?

Anything you wish someone told you?

Congradulations on looking ahead and starting a career while in high school. As, one mention you should check with your school first to see if they can point you into a direction where you wont have to pay out of your pocket. Being a CNA is a very very hard job and very very rewarding job, you learn great time management skills, how to work with a diverse group of people and most importantly make a difference in someone life.

When looking into a CNA program you should first check with your State and find out the required hours you need to take the exam, secondly, find out if the school/program is an approved training center by your State. Good luck!

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