Certified nurse assistants (CNA) are the front-liners in the healthcare industry because of their direct dealings with the patients and residents on a daily basis. Said direct dealings often include attending to their personal hygiene needs and taking their vital signs. The rewards of the job, fortunately, more than offset the challenges encountered so you are well-advised to take up CNA training classes as soon as possible.
There's only one catch: Most training programs cost money ranging from $600 to $1,200 for a course spanning 6 to 12 weeks. Instructions within classrooms and clinical settings are usually conducted from 8 in the morning till 4 in the afternoon on weekdays. The good news is that there are two main ways that you can skip on the tuition costs of a CNA certification program. Of course, only the tuition and other school fees are covered - you will pay for your own travel and living expenses as well as other incidental costs. Books may or may not be covered by these free methods toward completing a CNA training program.
Your first option is to ask around for academic scholarships in schools and sites offering training for aspiring nursing assistants. You will be surprised at the willingness of these schools and sites to train future professionals in the healthcare industry sans the high costs associated with the tech-voc education. You can even ask your high school guidance officer about the available scholarships in the schools near your place of residence.
In many cases, however, the scholarship offered will only be a certain percentage of the tuition. Said percentage can range from 50% to 75% of the tuition with other fees to be paid in full either on the date of enrolment or before completion of the training program. Keep in mind that your papers will not be released pending your payment in full of all your accounts, which translates to your ineligibility for taking the CNA certification exam administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and known as the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program.
If you are already employed in healthcare facilities like hospitals, nursing homes and other long-term care establishments, you can approach the proper authorities for assistance on this matter. If the management agrees, you will be sent on a partial or full scholarship to a training program with certain conditions in place.
The most common condition for the employee on a scholarship is a certain number of years service to the healthcare establishment after completion of the program and compliance with the certification requirements. You may either be a volunteer or a paid employee of said establishment for the duration of your service.
No matter which path to scholarship you choose to take, one thing is clear - you must make full use of this opportunity to become a certified nursing assistant.