Becoming a CNA is a wonderful career. But before you start, you need to get certified and sadly, this costs money. But that doesn’t mean it has to be ‘your’ money. Thankfully there are LOTS of different ways in which you can minimize your tuition costs and in many cases get your CNA certification and training absolutely free.
A scholarship or other free methods to getting your Nursing Assistant’s certification does require a little proactive and determined. The opportunities exist, but they aren’t as easy as just jumping on the internet, finding one and submitting a request/application.
Ways to Get a Free Nursing Assistant Certification
But don’t worry, that is where we step him. Below is our list of the top ways you can go about getting your hands on a free nursing assistant education. Although we would like to provide you links to specific scholarships or opportunities, we found that each state has their own set of opportunities, and the opportunities change all the time. Our initial version of this article was updated 3 times a month and still provided dead links or expired scholarship opportunities.
So let’s begin.
There are many nursing homes or other medical businesses that will offer to cover your certification costs, as long as you agree to work for them once you have graduated. The terms and time requirement differ between the organizations, but this is a great opportunity to not only get a free education, but also be assured a job upon graduating.
Check your local Red Cross and see what opportunities they offer. Multiple times during the year, they usually provide a free CNA course or a scholarship for those who apply. When these scholarships are available, we have found that they are pretty easy to get because little to know people know about them and apply for them.
Look up your State’s department of health. Like the Red Cross, there are many opportunities that lie within and CNA certification is one of them. Just like the Red Cross, these scholarships are really easy to get because no one applies for them.
If you are in the military or a military spouse, the US Defense department has many different ways in which you can get a free education. You can either use Tuition Assistance or seek assistance from your particular branches Aid Society. To learn more about this process, check out our article on military scholarships for CNAs.
Thanks to the Workforce Investment Act, you can acquire a free workforce scholarship. Thankfully, the CNA profession meets the requirement for this program. But you need to check to make sure that ‘you’ meet the requirements.
Other Options that Will Help to Reduce the Cost
If the above methods are not available to you, then there are other ways in which you can reduce the overall cost of a Nursing Assistant tuition. In many cases though, the above steps would still apply, but not for full coverage.
Online courses offer ways in which you can reduce your costs. This method is much cheaper then some of the full courses at a community college or the Red Cross. However, even if you do the online course, you will still need to enroll into a practical course. All CNAs are required to receive a certain amount of practical experience.
Talk to other CNAs and find out which courses are the cheapest and worth your time. While you are chatting with them, ask if you can borrow their books. This will help to cut costs and most of the time, they won’t need the books, so you aren’t asking a huge favor.
Warning About Online Scholarships and Tuition Assistance
There are many online sites that say they will get you a scholarship but are only looking to get your email address instead. They leach sites can also drop malware on your computer or hack your system, so please be careful.
Only look at refutable sources for scholarship opportunities like the ones we listed above. If it doesn’t look legitimate, then don’t go for it. Places like the Red Cross, or .gov websites are great places and should offer you want you need.
You do not need to look elsewhere for them.
As you can see, there are many ways in which you can get tuition assistance and even a free education. But it will require you doing more then just making a search online.
We are very confident that you should be able to find local opportunities and in the end, cut you costs.Ways to Get Free CNA Training and Certification by Tiffany Michaels