CNAs can usually expect to make somewhere between $27,000 and $34,000 in larger city areas of Georgia. Pay may be quite a bit less in less populated areas. Employment opportunities are good for nursing assistants in the state. There is always a high need for qualified nursing assistants. This article will help you learn ways to become a CNA for free.
Free Classes and Scholarships
Ogeechee Technical College
One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd-Statesboro, GA 30458
The CNA training Program is among 26 programs at the college for which students might qualify for the Hope Career Grant if they are already receiving the Hope Grant. Students will need to be in good academic standing for both grants. They must be US citizens or a qualifying non-citizen. The student must be an official resident of the state Of Georgia.
Students will need to have submitted their application paperwork and fee to the college before they can be considered for the grant. They must have also submitted their high school transcript and applicable testing scores. If you are interested in this grant, you will need to apply for financial aid. This includes filling out the federal aid form in addition to all forms required by Ogeechee Technical college.
Please keep in mind that the amount of grant you receive will depend on the number of credits you are taking in the semester. Even so, between the Hope Grant and the Hope Career Grant, you should be able to receive enough to cover the cost of your CNA training course.
Helms Career Institute
3145 Washington Road-Augusta, GA 30907
You can apply for the Helms College Distinguished Student Award to help you pay for the cost of CNA training at Helms Career Institute. The grant is for students who have very good academic grades and performance. This scholarship is based on merit rather than need. It is for students who had great grades in high school and excellent entrance exam score. Students will need to always maintain a great grade point average while completing their training to continue receiving this award.
This award is renewable with further awards being available at new quarters. The amount received will depend on the number of clock hours or credit hours. A student cannot receive help covering any coursework that must be repeated during their course of study.
Students will need to contact the financial aid office to officially apply for this scholarship. There will be paperwork and verification materials that must be filled out. There are other scholarships available through the school as well. Some are based on merit and others are based on the financial need of the student.
CNA Training Schools/Programs
New Beginning CNA Training
5300 Memorial Dr #215b-Stone Mountain, GA 30083
You can train for a career as a CNA at this training center. Their training program only costs $575 and does include the textbook and uniform. Separate exam fees do apply for the competency exam. You will also cover your cost to become CPR/BLS certified. The program will provide students the theoretical knowledge and background they need to become a nursing assistant. This course will also include the clinical instruction that allows students to apply the skills they have learned in a well supervise setting. Graduates can then schedule their state certification exam. Upon passing that exam and meeting all other requirements, the graduate can be listed on the Nursing Registry for Georgia.
New Beginning does not just train you and then leave you on your own. They do provide job placement help. In fact, they will even assist you in preparing a great resume to send out when it is time to begin looking for a job.
Atlanta Career Institute
5380 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Suite 120-Norcross, GA 30071
Atlanta Career Institute offers a state approved CNA training program. When a student completes the course in it’s entirety with good grades, they can sit for the state certification exam. Students will receive lecture instruction as well as informative videos to help teach skills and basic nursing care background needed to work as a CNA . Hands on training is also provided to all nursing assistant students. In fact, they must finish clinical experience rounds before they can graduate from the class and sit for the exams.
Students enrolled in the CNA program at Atlanta Career Institute will receive training on the skills needed to work well as a nursing assistant in a variety of healthcare settings. This particular course will provide enrollees with training on 22 different skills including all skills neeed for certification. The course will encompass a total of 85 hours of total study with the classroom as well as clinical experience provided.
Tender Care Training Center
1755 Gordon Highway-Ste D & E-Augusta, GA 30904
The Tender Care Training Center offers a nursing assistant training program that costs $460. This does not include the exam fee. Both day and evening classes are available and the program will take about six weeks to complete. They offer classes frequently throughout a calendar year.
This CNA training program includes 42 hours of clinical practice. During that time students will learn to provide basic nursing care and patience assistance. The students will be well supervised and can find help whenever it is needed. The program also offers the necessary classroom instructions to provide students with the basic fundamentals they need to work as a certified nursing assistant.
Students will be trained by well qualified staff. The school has been in business since 2001 and is well experienced in providing entry level healthcare training to students from all walks of life.
When you decide to become a CNA, you can see if there are any grants or schlarships available for your particular circumstances to help cover the costs.
To sit for the CNA exam, you must first have completed one of the training programs found here:
These programs include classroom work and supervised clinical experience. You must finish all coursework with a satisfactory score before you can take the exam.
The certification exam includes a skills test and a written/oral test. Both parts must have satisfactory completion for you to receive certification. You can retake the test if you do not receive a passing score. You must take exam within one year of having finished the state approved training class.
You will not know what nursing assistant skills you will be tested on during the exam. The skills will be selected at random for you to go through to be evaluated by the testing instructor.
Exam Application Process
You can obtain the exam Application here: http://www.asisvcs.com/indhome.asp?CPCat=0711NURSE. You will include a notarized certificate of completion for your CNA course and a copy of your photo ID and social security card. Make sure you submit these things with the rest of your application which you must complete in its entirety.
If you are a nurse applying for the exam, you will send verification of your license rather than a training certificate. You will also need to send in your social security card and a photo ID.
Some training centers are also test locations. You might be able to take your test where you received your CNA instruction. Otherwise, you will need to go to a regional test location. You can go here to find test locations and other important details: http://www.pearsonvue.com/ga/nurseaides.
Out of State CNAs
If you are a CNA in another state, you can find an application for reciprocity here:. https://www.mmis.georgia.gov/portal/PubAccess.Nurse%20Aide/tabId/73/Default.aspx. As long as you have worked as a CNA at least 8 hours in 2 years, you will not need to take the CNA exam. The only exception to this would be if it is determined that the training or examination in your state was not equal to that of the training and/or exam given in the state of Georgia.
Places To Work in GA
Altercare of Hilliard Post-Acute Center
4660 Trueman Boulevard, Hilliard, OH 43026
Altercare of Wadsworth
147 Garfield St., Wadsworth, OH 44281
Amherst Manor Nursing Home
175 N Lake Street, Amherst, OH 44001
Archbishop Leibold Home
476 Riddle Road, Cincinnati, OH 45220
Burbank Parke Care Center
14976 Burbank Road, Burbank, OH 44214
Chapel Hill Community
12200 Strausser St. NW, Canal Fulton, OH 44614
Elms Retirement Village Inc.
136 S Main St., Wellington, OH 44090
Fairfax Health Care Center
9014 Cedar Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106
Heather Hill Care Communities
12340 Bass Lake Road, Chardon, OH 44024
Maple Knoll Village
11100 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45246
CNA Training Center Reviews
Atlanta Career Institute – Flexible class hours, positive environment, affordable and good career preparation.
New Beginning Training Center – Flexible class hours to accommodate all students, teachers are great and the college provides an opportunity for hands-on training too.
CNA Training FAQs
What are some of the requirements before I can become a CNA?
- You must be at least 18 years old
- High school diploma or GED
- Successful completion of an approved training program
- Pass the Georgia certification exam
- Pass a criminal background check
- Provide a drug test
How many times can I retake the CNA examination? You are allowed three attempts to pass this exam.
Can I apply for reciprocity? If your license was obtained in another state, you can apply for reciprocity, provided your license is active.