2011 was a stellar year for CNA training. According to statistics by the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the need for professionals in the medical field, especially those with CNA training, is greater than ever. On January 1, 2011 the first wave of the Baby Boomer generation officially turned 65 years old, the largest group of seniors to hit our population of all time. Because of the increase in the senior population, which will continue for the next two decades, the need for Certified Nursing Assistants with the proper CNA training will continue to grow.
Have you been considering CNA training so that you too can join the ranks of those in this rewarding field? Each year we bring you the latest information on CNA training. We scout out the best schools, warn you of CNA training scams, and make you aware of changes in certification laws, standards, and new avenues that have opened up for education, such as online.
For those of you who are interested in free CNA training, we’re going to cover that for you today. If you’ve bothered to Google the phrase “free CNA training,” you’ve probably met up with quite a few dead ends. Most websites don’t report the latest CNA training information, and very few of them are aware of free CNA training.
Free CNA Training – As Reported in 2011
Last year we provided you with information on free CNA training provided by the Red Cross. This is still a good first step for you. Contact your local branch to inquire about the medical courses they offer.
The second avenue we covered last year was Job Corps. If you are unfamiliar with Job Corps, they are an organization designed to assist at risk young adults, helping them to further themselves by providing free room and board while training them for a rewarding career. Your local Job Corps is another place to inquire for free CNA training. The only downfall that might hinder an individual from pursuing their training this way is due to the fact that there are age limitations, plus most of the time students are required to reside on campus.
Free CNA Training – New for 2012
Above, we provided a recap of two of the most promising ways to receive free CNA training as reported by us last year.
Here are a few new resources for CNA training that we’ve discovered for 2012. Although we believe this information to be true and reliable, please check with the appropriate sources to get all the details:
Free CNA Training
- Mary Immaculate Hospital of Newport Virginia – This Catholic hospital sponsors promising CNA students and provides free CNA training. Once the student has completed their CNA, they must sign a contract to work for their facility for 6-12 months. To see if they are currently accepting new applicants, contact the hospital directly (757) 886-6000.
- Live in Dallas, Texas? The Dallas County School Districts offers free CNA training to parents and family members of students in their district. Questions should be directed to the Dallas County Technical Center (417) 752-3491.
Most of the other information you will find online regarding free CNA training is simply just not true. Be wary of websites that promise free online courses, then charge you for part of the materials or guarantee that you will pass your certification. These are generally scams.
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