1. Does a CNA certificate count for anything when going to school to be an RN?
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    Joined: Feb '04; Posts: 56
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    Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in Emergency Department


  3. by   RNBEAUTY2003
    Quote from sonja24
    Does a CNA certificate count for anything when going to school to be an RN?
    I don't think so.
  4. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    It did not count in my RN program, but it did count in my LPN program. I think that being a CNA before becoming a nurses is a really good idea. It will help you decide whether or not you like the health care/patients environment, before you go and spend years in college and thousands of $$$ to become an RN.
  5. by   sonja24
    Thanks guys. Didn't think so but it was worth a shot
  6. by   Paleobug
    In the program that I'm trying to get into, CNA training and experience counts as points to get in. The more points you have, the better chance you have.
  7. by   CappucinoMama
    Hello! At the CC I attend in North Florida, admittance to the program is geared to how many points you have acquired (mostly thru your grades)..for those applying to the nursing program, a CNA (EMT & LPN also) is awarded an extra 20 points on their application..whew..thinking I should get that certificate just for the clinical and points value alone before I apply!
  8. by   S.N. Visit
    At my C.C, Having a current CNA certificate exempts you from having to take nursing essentials 1.

    My CNA has lapsed, so unfortunately I will have to take nursing ess. 1.
  9. by   purplemania
    CNA does not "count" as credit in RN schools (that I am aware) but certainly will count as giving you excellent experience. Try to find an employer who reimburses for education, which would be an added plus!
  10. by   moonbunnie
    At the BSN program I am applying to, they gave me 3 hours elective credit for having taken the CNA course at community college.