CNA cert. required by Kentucky for Nursing students??

  1. I'm a pre-nursing student at UK, applying to enter nursing school in fall 2007. In order to enter nursing school at UK, they require me to be CNA certified. A friend of mine is attending EKU. He is not required to be certified. Is this a state mandated certification, that eventually all nursing students will have to be CNA certified, or is it only UK?

    I ask because in order to become CNA certified, I will have to shell out around $600 to UK to take the course and exam with them. I really can't afford that, being that I'm a student only working PT.

    Are there any testing sites that anyone can inform me about where it may be less expensive?
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  3. by   crb613
    We were required to have our CNA at my school & no I don't think it is a state requirement. Check w/vocational schools & community colleges I found mine like this a lot cheaper.I think it was around $200.BTW... check out your unemployment office for school assistance...WIA is what it is called at mine. They paid around $5000.00 a year for classes plus a daily gas allowance. Good luck!
  4. by   Lacie
    Unless they have changed recently it is not state mandated. In fact it's quite silly in my own opinion. I'm an EKU grad myself and it wasnt required. Maybe give them a check as thier program is excellent, classes much smaller than those at UK and bet tuition much cheaper then UK. THe distance isnt that far as I attended EKU and worked at the old Good Sam in Lexington during that time. If your intent on attending UK and they wont waive this requirement then maybe seek a position somewhere that will assist you in getting that certification at little or no cost to you. Also then if a medical facility they would also pay for some of your tuition for working towards your RN. Just a suggestion.
  5. by   Geneva286
    HI, new to the site and saw your post. I attend BGTC-Glasgow Health Campus, and it is required to be a CNA to get into the LPN program. Fortunately, I work at a Long Term Care Facility that teaches the CNA classes and I was able to get my certification through them (they paid for it). As far as finances go, you can always go online and apply for FAFSA student aid, also several facilities (mine included) will help pay your tuition if you sign to work with them a year or two after graduation. Hope this helps.
  6. by   NurseNatashaO
    It is not a state regulation that you must be a CNA to get into a nursing program... Most nursing homes offer CNA classes and will pay for your test to become certified. They also pay you while you go to the classes most of the time. So that may be an option for you. Just a thought. Good luck.
  7. by   KentuckyRN2Be
    There are other places to take the CNA course besides UK. I know that BCTC is now wanting you to take the course as well. At UK you don't have to take the state test, but you do have to complete the course. I took it at UK only because I work there full time and it was the most convenient. There were a few other places that were a little cheaper, but still around $500 (Nurse Aide Training Center was one). I like the idea of seeing if a LTC would pay for your course. The question on that one would be if you would be required to work for a certain length of time afterwards. Are you in pre-nursing courses now?
  8. by   NurseNatashaO
    I know the nursing home where I received my CNA didn't require nothing, but if they paid for my nursing school for every 1 year they paid I had to work for them for 2 years. They have such a huge turnover for CNA's everyone gets their cert and leaves
  9. by   mammaoftwo
    U of L is doing away with the CNA requirement. As far as I know, JCC still requires it though.
  10. by   Gravysgal
    I'm going to EKU and they don't require it there.
  11. by   agdmarie
    eku doesn't require this for their bsn program. i'm not sure about the adn program. i agree, i think this requirement is silly, and is a waste of you hard earned money. go to eku, their bsn program has a 100% passing rate on boards, and i'm sure their adn program probably has that as well. good luck to you in what ever you choose to do!
  12. by   aeron
    I hope no one minds a rookie reviving a six month old thread. At the moment I am investigating WHERE to get my CNA license (I live just north of Georgetown, KY). It is so expensive. Yes, BCTCS requires the CNA license before they will accept you into their nursing program. As does UK. There is a place in Georgetown that charges about $500 for the CNA program, but I too would love to find a place that would pay for it in exchange for me working for them. Right now I am in the process of applying to the nursing programs at Northern Kentucky University (though I read yesterday that their program has been placed under the "conditional" status by the state board of nursing), Gateway Community College and Eastern Kentucky University. EKU is really too far a drive for me. I would be driving almost 1.5 hours just to get to class. UK, from what I've heard, does not run that great a nursing program and their students tend to not be able to hit the ground running. You didn't hear it from me :chuckle I had contacted BCTCS about my hearing impairment and they acted like they'd never heard of a hearing impaired nursing student. They said they had ONE hearing impaired student (a female, I'm male but am transitioning to female) but didn't know how she made out after graduation. How's THAT for concern of students? They don't even know if she found a job. :imbar So............sorry for the long winded post, but I would love to hear the latest opinions on nursing schools in Kentucky. Am I better off just going to the community college and working as a CNA for a number of years while I go to school, or should I just head toward university? I have a 2 year degree already, and am not too concerned about whether I would be admitted to a nursing program or not.

    Hugs,

    Aeron
  13. by   Gravysgal
    I'm starting my second semester of the ADN program at Eastern,
    and we do NOT have to get CNA certified.

    You might want to find out if BCTCS has a disablilites office (they should) and let them know of your hearing impairment. Maybe they will
    be a little more helpful than the 1st person you talked too.

    I can't help you out on which school is better, I havent researched it, but I do know Eastern has an excellent program, with an excellent pass rate.
    It may be worth the drive for you!
    Good luck!
  14. by   aeron
    I did contact the BCTCS Disabilities office, and basically the only assistance they can provide is note taking and letting me use an "fm system", which I do not need (because my hearing aides work well). They were really of no help, otherwise. I tend to side with my mother's belief that the Disabilities office is there by law, and works with the focus of protecting the school rather than the student (as evident in the times I have spend talking to them).

    I do think I will check out EKU. Other than probably needing to purchase my own amplified stethoscope from Heartrate, would you mind outlining the steps you took to get admitted into EKU (outside of having the grades)? I realize that pretty much all nursing programs require the same things in terms of immunizations, titers, physicals, that sort of thing. I'm just wondering what to look out for should I decide to apply with EKU.

    Also, I would LOVE to read some opinions with comparisons between schools like EKU and UK. I know that one's basketball program would smoke the other one, and the former's football program could return the favor, still .........:chuckle

    Hugs,

    Aeron

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