Becoming a Certified Nursing Aide (C.N.A.) requires successful completion of a state approved training program and passing the state nursing aide exam.
Certified Nursing Aide programs are offered at community colleges, health career schools and sometimes through community programs, hospitals and nursing homes. Some of senior care companies also offer training programs for certification but may limit participation to their employees.
How much does it cost to attend a nursing aide training course?
Between $500 and $5,000
Training programs vary based on what additional skills may be provided.
Programs usually are between 4 to 16 weeks.
|California: Contra Costa School of Nursing Assistants ||$1,300|
|Illinois: Career Training Center of Chicago ||$800|
|New York: American Medical Career Training ||$995|
|Texas: Dallas Career Institute ||$700|
|Virginia: Salvation Academy School of Nursing ||$1,100|
Financial Aide: Check with the school admissions office to learn about any grants, scholarships or financial aide which may be available. Community programs and employers may offer tuition reimbursement.
Find C.N.A. Schools in your area, including admission requirements and tuition costs on Caregiverlist’s C.N.A. School Directory.
Apply for a caregiving job in your area to gain experience as a senior caregiver. Many companies hire companion caregivers and offer part-time employment while caregivers are pursuing nursing aide certification.