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The Top 10 CNA Training Programs

When you have so many choices available, sometimes it makes the decision process more than a little bit difficult. This can be the case when searching out the perfect Certified Nursing Assistant program to enter.

While one shouldn’t necessarily always judge a school by its rankings, because many factors that don’t even involve the students go into the calculation of them, they can be a great way to start your search. In this article we’ll take a look at ten of the top CNA programs in the country. So let’s take the tour, Shall we?

There are going to be a few things that you will have to keep in mind as you make your decision. The most important of these is, “Is this school accredited?” You don’t want to do the work, put in the time and come out in the end with no certification to show for it. There are other parameters such as class size and availability of instructors to students?  Once you’ve made all of your considerations, and you have come up with a list, then it’s time to “visit” the schools. When I say visit, I mean virtually of course. Go to the school’s website and really check them out. 

If financial aid is a concern of yours, you’re going to have to know what financing the school accepts. This information can be found in the financial aid section of the campus, or possibly on the school website. So, now let’s find out about some of these excellent programs:

  1. 5 Star Training Center, Inc. CNA Program – Miami Beach, FL:

This school has a 2 month program which costs $300. The requirements to be accepted into the program are that the candidate be 18 and that they submit to and pass a physical exam. Classes are available both on-line and on campus. Flexible hours as well as weekend offerings make obtaining certification much more convenient.

  1. A  Safety Keeper Career Training Assistant Program: This is a certified program, lasting 2 months for a total of 120 hours. The cost is $740. The admission requirement is that the applicant has good reading comprehension. Classroom instruction on all pertinent content for CNA’s is offered. Areas of content are:  basic patient care skills, study of anatomy and physiology and infection control. The curriculum consists of clinical experiences, text-book work. They also work extremely hard to prepare candidates for the Nursing Assistant Exam.
  2. Manhattan Institute:  Classes here last 4 weeks and students must also do one week in a nursing home. Teachers here regularly get excellent reviews for their accessibility, as well as their knowledge of subject matter. The teachers are reportedly altruistic and take extra time to help struggling students. The nursing home assignment doesn’t come until all training is completed and is a chance to put into practice what the students have learned.
  3. A&F Health Review Training Inc. – CNA Program: Located at 8th Street & 10th Street in Miami, FL, this school is 24 months long totaling 100 hours. The cost is $200. Requirements to enter this program are: Background screen, to include drug test, fingerprint submission, and criminal background check. One must be 18 years old to apply, and have a diploma or G.E.D. They must also submit to a TB skin test and a physical exam. 
  4. CNA NOW TRAINING:  Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, this school provides many of the extras that other programs don’t.  Classes are offered in Charlotte, Raleigh, Shelby and Greensboro, North Carolina. The full cost of this course is $250. This includes the stethoscope, as well as a study manual, quizzes and answer keys. It includes the skills DVD, the Blood Pressure Cuff and one-on-one training for the student if needed.  The school is accredited and comes highly recommended by former students of this one day program.
  5. CNA Kwik Track in Orlando: Located in Orlando, Florida, this program comes at a cost of $349.  The course lasts one week and thoroughly prepares the candidate for the Certified Nursing Assistant test for certification. This program teaches areas such as infection control, unit procedures, physical therapy skills and ambulation assistance. Vital sign assessment, measuring urinary output among many others.
  6. Southwest Skills Center: This program located at Estrella Mountain Community College, takes a holistic track in their instruction. Class and hands-on instruction are facilitated, as well as clinical experiences in different areas. Certification for this program is granted to all who complete the program successfully.
  7. The Red Cross CNA training program in Calhoun, Georgia: This institution began teaching CNA training in 2003. They keep the class size small, so that students have adequate access to instructors. The cost is $670 and is a course of three weeks.
  8. The Inland Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross: Located in San Bernardino California, for 15 years have offered CNA training. The cost of this course is $1900. Ninety-nine percent of students who take this course pass the CNA exam. Also, after graduation staff aggressively place newly-graduated students into positions.
  9. DRM INTERNATIONAL LEARNING CENTER: This CNA training program trains graduates to care for patients in many difficult positions. This school also has one extra this reporter hasn’t found anywhere. They teach CNA med administration. They are located in Lansing, Michigan Former students of this program are exceptionally pleased with the results of their efforts.

As you can see, finding the right CNA program for you can be very daunting. There are so many things to consider. Do you wish to go on with your training and become a Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurse, or even an RN? Well, then you may want to pick one of the better programs, even if it costs a little more, because the extra experience you will gain will be invaluable to you when you decide to take the next step in your career. You can do this, it may be frustrating at first, but don’t let that stop you!


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