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Which is better for a nursing app, CNA from Weatherfod CC or Elite Medical Academy?

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Hello Allnurses! I am trying to figure out which cna program I should choose and which would benefit me the most when applying for nursing school. I was hoping ya'll could give me some insight and encouragement. There are two CNA programs that Im currently interested in. One of them being at Weatherford Community College and the other Elite Medical Academy. Weatherford College is 30 minutes away from while Elite Medical Academy is 20 minutes away from but there is a lot of traffic out in that direction and new construction blocking my exit. So either way I would probably driving the same amount of time and distance. I know Elite Medical Academy is only 4 WEEKS LONG while I think WCC is 8 weeks over the Summer. I would prefer going to a community college bc everyone I know says it looks better and its "more" accredited on the other hand, EMA is also accredited. Does anyone know if it would make a difference on my nursing application over which CNA program I choose,and whether I apply at Weatherford College or Tarrant County College.

I really dont want to wait until Summer to get my certification bc I have two kids but on the other hand, I am going to Tarrant County College fulltime next semester. I am taking online, one night and one saturday class, so the EMA program wouldnt interfere with school. Should I wait until Summer to take Weatherford's CNA Program, and would it be better if I received my certicate at a Community College rather than Elite Medical Academy?

Thanks so much!

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Case Management RN.

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To be honest, a CNA certification is a CNA certification, regardless of where you trained. I would go with the program that meets your needs. Good luck to you!

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Thank you! That is exactly what I was thinking but all my friends and family say to wait and get it at the CC, its a bit discouraging! I cant even get Weatherford College to answer or call me back! Thank you, you always give great advice!

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Sorry I forgot to ask, what do you think about when applying at a job? Would they prefer cna from a WCC or EMA?

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They wont care. As long as your clear on the registry and clear backgound check.

Some facilities offer the training and testing for free and in as little as 10 days.

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Thank youu and yeah I went to the only facility in my area that offers free training, but they did not choose me. Im sure if I applied again in a month I would get it the second time around bc Ive heard that to be true for many people who have applied more than once. Its okay though, I would much rather get a more rounded experience. Working within the nursing home, only allows me to see a nursing home setting not anything else. Thanks for the comment!

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rachel05 has 2 years experience and works as a Nurse.

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I actually got my CNA license from Elite and I highly recommend them! My classroom and clinical time there helped a lot my first semester in nursing school. I was also able to find a job pretty soon after I finished my CNA course. Good luck!!

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Thank you armynursetx! I went to Elite Medical Academy today and enrolled for the January class! Im soo excitedd to start, in addition, I got a job as a HHA, just for the experience. So hopefully I can land a job at a hospital like Harris :)

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