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Mon Mar 17, 2014, 03:13 PM

We live in Western PA. My wife wants to get her CNA since she is basically doing the job of a

CNA. She has been doing it for years working in Home health Aide and even working with Mentally challenged individuals in group homes.


She tried the RED Cross, our local hospital and community colleges and none offer the classes. Red Cross offers them in Philadelphia area only.

Someone told her just pay to take the test that she probably knows everything already and what she doesn't know she can study up online for.

My wife thinks that would be accepted by those giving the test.

No the place she works at doesn't offer courses or a way to advance --if they could keep her at $9.00 and hour they are happy--she also isn't keen on the idea of going to a nursing home because they require working for them for 6 months which if she didn't have her current job she would do BUT she thinks her current job should be considered hands on training as any nursing home.

Any suggestions on what to do?

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diabeticman Mar 2014 OP
TwilightGardener Mar 2014 #1
diabeticman Mar 2014 #3
johnp3907 Mar 2014 #7
diabeticman Mar 2014 #8
librechik Mar 2014 #2
diabeticman Mar 2014 #4
Historic NY Mar 2014 #5
CherokeeDem Mar 2014 #6
bakpakr Mar 2014 #9
riderinthestorm Mar 2014 #10

Response to diabeticman (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 03:17 PM

1. Community colleges usually offer these courses. CCAC does, according to Google.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 03:40 PM

3. CCAC would be a little too far to travel with her work schedule. I will tell her to look into it.

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Response to diabeticman (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 04:31 PM

7. Either of these closer?


Community College of Beaver County (www.ccbc.edu)
Butler Community College (www.bc3.edu)

I don't know anything about them, or if they offer what you're looking for.

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Response to johnp3907 (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 04:36 PM

8. She called bc3 campus in our town they don't offer courses. I will have her look into Beaver county

thanks

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Response to diabeticman (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 03:20 PM

2. Online course from state or local college or Try the state employment center

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Response to librechik (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 03:42 PM

4. Thanks i will give her those suggestions.

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Response to diabeticman (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 03:55 PM

5. here is a list of paid & free in PA.

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Response to diabeticman (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 04:29 PM

6. Depending on your state requirements...

CNA classes can range from 2-4 wks (way too short) to 3 months. If you qualify financially, she should be able to get a very good loan or a grant from the state. I see someone posted a list of schools, I'd start there. But try to find a reputable school. After so many people were laid off a few years ago, a lot of schools popped up to take advantage of the unemployed.

She should look into taking the state test first, it the state allows it. She needs to talk to someone who recently took it to find out what was covered. It certainly would save her a lot of time and effort.

I was a nurse recruiter for nearly ten years, so I have had the pleasure of dealing with many CNAs. Bless her for what she does, especially working with the mentally challenged, that takes a great deal of patience, compassion, and dedication.

Good luck to her.

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Response to diabeticman (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 05:07 PM

9. CNA

I am currently a Certified Nursing Assistant in PA. I live in the Harrisburg Area.

I don't think she will be able to challenge the test as the State requires a minimum numbers of hours of both classroom and hands on training prior to being able to test.

I would look for local organizations that offer education to lower income people. They usually offer the classes and State testing at substantially reduced or totally free cost. When I took the class it was at no cost to myself and the test was also paid for. I took mine at the Employment Skills Center in Carlisle. I have now been a CNA for 8+ years and absolutely love it. Thanks to Colon Cancer and Chemo I am unable to work at this time but my previous employer has assured me once I am medically released to return to work I have a job waiting on me.

Good luck on becoming certified.

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Response to diabeticman (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 05:10 PM

10. There are online CNA certification courses. Lots of them with a google search. Good luck! nt

 

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