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Would you take this particular CNA class? Input please!!


Hi! I have been wanting to get my CNA certification for when I go to nursing school next year. Some of the nursing programs require that you have your certification before you can apply. I called around a while back, and the best thing I could find is through my community college which is 1 semester long, (night classed and Saturday clinical.) I have to spend the next few semesters taking some pre reqs for school, and I have small children...so that would be kind of hard for me right now. Anyway, I was looking in the classifieds in my local paper today, and I found an ad for a cna class tought by an RN who claims to have 15 years experience. I think she said her and another lady do it together, and I believe they own some kind of home care business?? It costs the same as the price at my community college, but it would only take 2 days! According to her, their class promotes a 98% pass rate. I really don't feel like I even need to take a class, because I was in nursing school many years ago, and I don't feel like it would be hard for me. However, from what I gathered when I called around, I could not just take the test without having a class. SO, this sounds rather appealing to me, but I would sure hate to be out 200$ if this lady is not legit. What would you do??? How can I find out if this is ok?? I would sooo rather only have class for 2 days instead of a whole semester! Anyone heard of something like this before?? Thanks!

It sounds shady to me. The training is supposed to be 10 weeks so I would go to an accredited institution or try the Red Cross.


Specializes in ICU, CCU, Tele, PACU. Has 11 years experience.

I would be extremely suspicious about a 2 day class.

Couple ideas...depending on your state you may be able to 'challenge' the state CNA test with the nursing school experience you have, most states require a certain number of clinical hours and a nursing fundamentals course.

Also, most states maintain a list of approved CNA training programs...make sure this program is approved by your state or your wasting your time and money.

Good luck!

Edited by jb2u

No matter how good the instructors, no two day class is going to cut it. Where is the clinical portion of the class? Perhaps this is really a two day exam prep course. Your best bet is the community college course. I would make the necessary arrangements to attend that course. You will benefit in the long run.

It sounds sketchy. I think I posted in another thread about how some of those home care agencies use classes like that to bait potential employees. You pay them the $200, take their class, and then can't go work for anyone else because the class probably is not legitimate. They get your $200, and a cheap new hire. I don't think a 2-day course would let you sit for the CNA exam, either.