For any military or family members looking into becoming a CNA, the American Red Cross is offering special scholarships. In hopes of increasing the number of CNAs in the coming years, and providing the military members and spouses with opportunities of continued education, the American Red Cross (ARC) is looking for applications.
The sponsorship of such scholarships are coming from a plethora of organizations to include ATT, Ford, and the Wounded Warrior Project. The program hopes to give military members an opportunity to become health care providers by training them to become Certified Nursing Assistants.
Through the ARC training program, the recipient of the scholarship will receive a 125-hour course, which can be taken over the course o four weeks or six weeks. Once they have completed the course, they will then be eligible to take the Virginia Certified Nurse Aide exam and earn a CNA license. The best news about this program is that these CNAs will have the rare opportunity to port their CNA license to different states. This is a special provision that is being given due to their military status.
“It is a portable license. If I took the class here in Virginia, I passed the state board exam and I was given a license…if I need to move, I could transfer my license to that other state. I don’t have to take the class again. I don’t have to take another state board,” says Cherly Larson, Nurse Assistant Training Program Manager.
Each class will consist of 10 students. The total cost is $1,250 which includes training, books, exam costs, and materials. You would only need to provide your own uniform, PPD testing results and urine testing results.
Once you are done with the classroom portion, you will then commence a 40 hour clinical practice at different long term care facilities to include hospitals, nursing homes, and other clinics in the area. This will help the scholarship winner practice for their practical portion and give them a significant amount of experience to put on their CNA resume.
Applications and admission forms can be found at the ARC Chapter house. For more information, call (703) 299-2506Military Scholarships for CNA Training by Tiffany Michaels