Paid and Free CNA Classes
There are a number of opportunities for both free and paying education in being a certified nursing assistant. As the nursing assistant industry and health care in general continues to grow, so do the educational sectors that respond to the need to train these professionals. CNA classes may be offered at community colleges, career schools, universities, or at health care facilities themselves. So if you’re interested in becoming a CNA, you’ll find that there are both many jobs and many educational opportunities open to you.
Paid CNA Classes
A standard way to approach being a CNA is to enroll in a CNA course. These are, as noted above, offered by a variety of institutions such as community colleges, 4 year colleges, universities, career schools, as well as online programs. The usual time scale of these courses is around 120 hours – which usually works out to around three months of study. They consist of both in class and hands on clinical experience. Usually the end goal of such a course is the successful completion of a state approved certification exam.
The cost of these courses in usually around $400 to $1000. Often financial aid is available. People that seek this kind of employment are sometimes at low income levels and are seeking to better their situation, and since there is so much demand for them, arrangements can often be made to cover the costs of education in large part or in full.
Free CNA Classes
Often free CNA classes are offered by employers such as hospitals and nursing homes. These programs may pay for a student’s training in exchange for their a signing contract to work for the institution for a specified term of months or years. Or they may require the student to work for no pay for a period of time to help offset the educational cost.
Another way to find free CNA education is through what are called displaced homemakers programs. These are state run programs instituted to help people who have been dependent on a spouse or family member for employment and who due to some abrupt change in that situation (such as divorce) find themselves without the skills to enter the workforce. Often these programs offer free cna training options.
Finally you can consult your local state health department and apply for full scholarships to paid CNA programs. If your grades are good and your financial needs are high, you may well be accepted to such a program.
A word should be said about the prerequisites for CNA classes. The only actual requirement is a high school diploma or GED, which most people either have or can get by taking their state GED exam. It is helpful to have a background of some sort at a high school or college level in subjects like biology or health sciences, but it is by no means a requirement. Chances are if you have reasonable grades or simply a sincere attitude, you will be admitted to a CNA training program with little difficulty.
So as you can see there are a large variety of CNA educational options. Regardless of your financial situation and prior educational background, there are opportunities for you to be educated and begin working in this high demand career.