CNA Training Programs – A Range To Choose From

When individuals want to enroll in any training program, it is to be expected that the first question on their minds is: “How much does it cost to finish the program?” Cost, of course, mainly refers to the tuition, matriculation and other school fees instead of the incidental expenses (i.e., gas, school supplies and uniforms). The latter are par for the course for anybody getting an education for entry into the healthcare industry.

The actual cost for a CNA training program will vary from one school to the next, which is also true for online sites. Factors that affect total costs include but are not limited to state requirements, time period and instructor credentials. In general, students will pay the school or website anywhere from $400 to $1,000 for a timeframe of 6 to 12 weeks.

Depending on school or site policy, applicants for enrollment may or may not be presented with an itemized breakdown of the total costs for the training program. We suggest asking for the itemized breakdown just so you will not to paying for hidden charges later on. Besides, it is a smart idea to know exactly what you are paying for.

If you think that $400 to $1,000 is a high price to pay for the CNA training program, you should keep in mind that the salary and other perks of an employed certified nursing assistant will recoup your investment in under a month. The salaries differ from one state to the next but, on average, entry-level certified nursing assistants can earn $12 to $14 an hour. This translates to approximately $26,500 to $30,500 in annual salaries.

The cost for enrolling in the program may still be too high for many individuals. If you think you belong to this category, we suggest looking for low-cost programs available in your area. We suggest technical-vocational schools and websites that target low-income individuals as their clientele.

In many cases, the total costs for the training program are slashed in half. You may pay for only $200 out of the $400 typical tuition or just $500 for the $1,000 fee.

You may also look for partial or full scholarships. These are usually offered by hospitals and nursing homes for their employees who want to pursue a CNA certification program.

There are also instances when employers offer their applicants the opportunity to become a certified nursing assistant with all school-related expenses paid with one important caveat: the applicant will work for the employer for a certain number of years. Any way you look at it, this is a win-win situation since you get an education and the employer gets a qualified nursing assistant in the future.

The right education and training as a certified nursing assistant will open doors of opportunities in the healthcare industry. You may even become a registered nurse, if you want to be.