Determining the cost of CNA classes and how to pay for them is perhaps the largest step in beginning your education. While you may have the passion needed to return to school, passion cannot pay your tuition fees! Therefore, it is important to make yourself aware of available resources that will help pay for these classes in part – or even completely.
Understanding the Courses
First, it is important to understand the CNA classes that you are preparing to take. There are many to choose from that are offered in three separate platforms: 1) CNA online classes, 2) campus-based classes, and 3) facility-based training classes. (Each of these platforms can also offer certification classes, i.e., training that lead to state certification. Certification classes are much different from the actual training classes you must first attend.)
CNA training classes will provide all the necessary information you need through whichever platform you choose, such as:
Providing adequate and basic medical assistance and care to various age groups
Ensuring patient safety and wellness, as well as promoting recovery
Preventing and controlling common infections
Appropriately using body mechanics and techniques for mobility in order to prevent injury
Having effective organizational and interpersonal communication skills
Assisting patients with activities of daily living [ADL’s]
Properly utilizing feeding techniques according to a patient’s needs
Skills you need to have within different patient settings
Providing support to your supervising RN
You should also know a great deal more about the profession and health care in general including:
Common senior health issues within long-term facilities
Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation [CPR]
Vital sign reading
Moving and ambulating patients
Hygiene and self-care
Patient documentation and recording
Anatomy and physiology
Basic bodily functions and processes
So, What Does It Cost?
The average range of CNA training is $300 - $1,500 depending on the school you select and the platform used to obtain the education. The cost of CNA online classes can be a bit lower than traditional courses, and there are even free options for schooling as well.
With the growing shortage of CNAs in many cities and states across the nation, it may be possible to find a job at a nursing home that will pay for your CNA training. Please look into this option if you need to take a training course and the costs are out of your reach.
If you are interested in seeing if you qualify for any of the many available student aid options, visit FAFSA.ed.gov to fill out a free application. It will indicate whether you qualify for a Pell Grant or other forms of federal student aid. There are also scholarships and other forms of financial aid offered, as well as work-study and on-site training for free.
Most of all, do not let an opportunity slip by because you do not think you can pay for college. It may be as simple as completing the right forms to get you on your way.