Do I need CNA training for ADN?

  1. Hello every one. I have been reading and lurking for the last few weeks, and I finally have my 1st question. I am doing my science pre req's at Grossmont College, and I was wondering if I should do a CNA program while I am on their ADN waiting list. I know it is offered as an ROP class, but is it just a waste of time? Will I just learn all of the same info again once I start. I know some programs ask if you have experience. Would this help? Any input is appreciated.
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  3. by   Tweety
    I think it depends on the program, but my ADN program focused on the technical things at first such as how to take vital signs, giving bed baths, etc. So yes it might be a repeat of things. You might check with the school to see if there are any advantages.
  4. by   lisabeth
    At our school, they look at have you had any kind of experience, or have you taken the class. I have had none, so, next semester, I am going to take it.
    It isnt an absolute requirement, but at some schools it is.
  5. by   casi
    The requirements depend on the school you are trying to get into. It never hurts to take it if you have the money and time.
  6. by   Love Coronado
    Quote from casi
    The requirements depend on the school you are trying to get into. It never hurts to take it if you have the money and time.
    Thanks. I have read alot about my schools program, but I have no idea if it is required or not. Thanks for thr advise!
  7. by   puresass
    Quote from Love Coronado
    Thanks. I have read alot about my schools program, but I have no idea if it is required or not. Thanks for thr advise!
    i'm on the waiting list at grossmont & being a CNA is definitely not required. just A&P 1 & 2 & micro. i think southwestern requires you to be a CNA, though, so at least it would give you more options as far as where you can apply.
  8. by   truern
    Whether or not its required is immaterial to me. I could tell a HUGE difference in the nursing students who were CNAs. They seemed more at ease in the hospital setting and it definately helped in their performance. A huge plus is once you start working as a RN you make a little more $$ based on your experience as a CNA..at least were I work you do. Not sure about other places??
  9. by   Irene joy
    That's why I'm taking it! I plan on taking it in the spring quarter. I have no hospital or healthcare experiance at all. so I Know I will gain experiance and alot of confidence. I figure, there is going to be so much to learn in nursing school, it will be nice to have a couple things down, and like someone else said, alot more ease while working with new patients.
  10. by   AZmom
    Quote from truern
    Whether or not its required is immaterial to me. I could tell a HUGE difference in the nursing students who were CNAs.
    Those who worked as CNAs? Or those who took the CNA course (got licensed) but had never really worked a CNA job?

    Though money's tight and I no longer need to become a CNA for eligibility into my nursing program, I've thought about taking the course if it'll significantly benefit me. I wouldn't work as a CNA afterwards and gain any experience that way, though, which makes me wonder if I'd benefit enough from it to justify the cost (again, money's tight).
  11. by   Love Coronado
    Quote from puresass
    i'm on the waiting list at grossmont & being a CNA is definitely not required. just A&P 1 & 2 & micro. i think southwestern requires you to be a CNA, though, so at least it would give you more options as far as where you can apply.
    I have been at Grossmont since Summer of 05. I took Chemistry 115, but then I slacked on my science classes, and took Comm, and Psy and a few others. So this spring I am taking Bio 120, and A&P 1. I know it is a lot of work, but I need to hurry up! I don't know if I have enough time for a CNA program too!!! I have 2 kids and a Military Husband, so time is tight as it is.
    Last edit by Love Coronado on Nov 4, '06
  12. by   lisabeth
    I am looking forward to taking my CNA class. I feel like it would really help a lot and I would use the certification to work. It is really hard to find jobs where I live without that.
  13. by   truern
    Quote from AZmom
    Those who worked as CNAs? Or those who took the CNA course (got licensed) but had never really worked a CNA job?

    Though money's tight and I no longer need to become a CNA for eligibility into my nursing program, I've thought about taking the course if it'll significantly benefit me. I wouldn't work as a CNA afterwards and gain any experience that way, though, which makes me wonder if I'd benefit enough from it to justify the cost (again, money's tight).
    Oh, definately those who worked as CNAs. They just seemed more at ease with patient contact...and things like transfers from bed to chair, etc.

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