A certified nursing assistant is a highly professional job, and you need to be fully committed to your job. First, you must complete the CNA training program, which is cheaper than the other courses like the licensed practical nursing (LPN) or registered nursing (RP) program. These nursing programs require more commitment and time and high schooling. You also have to pay a lot to secure these high-rated nursing positions (registered nurse and licensed practical nurse). The degree is not mandatory to become a CNA; you will get a certificate or diploma from a CNA program.
But before you enroll yourself in a CNA training program, you should be clear in your mind about what it will cost you to enroll in the program. Is there any additional cost related to the training? How can you pay for the CNA training program?
So to help you solve this problem, we have broken down this article into three segments, cost of the CNA program, additional expenses, and payment methods.
Cost of CNA Programs
The program fees depend upon a variety of training program variables. The 1st one is a mode of classes, whether you are going to take online classes, physical classes, or in a hybrid model. These training programs are offered by many state-registered colleges, medical training organizations, community colleges, hospitals, vocational schools, etc. CNA class costs vary from institute to institute and state to state.
Gabriel Health Institute provides online and physical mood courses or fast-track hybrid CNA courses in Florida. Different program packages offered by them are given below:
1. Online Package
No physical practice, and all the 22 skills are learned virtually in this package.
This online package is available at $20 per month cost (paid annually)
2. Silver Package
This package is perfect for CNA students who prefer physical classes, including two-week physical skills training and access to an online program for six months.
This package is available for $400 (one-time payment)
3. Gold Package
For students who are weak in English, this package can help them to pass the state exam without any difficulty. This package includes two weeks of hand training and access to an online program for six months.
This package is available for $550 (one-time payment)
CNA Classes- Additional Expenses
Tuition fee is not only the thing to consider while estimating the budget of the training program. There are some additional expenses you should consider given as follows.
1. Medical Exam
CNAs have to look after the patients, which involves bathing them, helping them to walk and toilet, lifting heavy equipment, and many more. Furthermore, they may have to work with patients with weak immune systems, so, for CNAs, it is very important to be in top physical form before starting their job. To show that their immunity is up to date, students must have to undergo medical checkup, which consists of
- Immunization proof
- Series of hepatitis B vaccine
- PPD (purified protein derivation) TB test; evidence of current immunization
- Flu vaccine
- Drug screening
- A finalized medical form saying that the student is physically fit
On average medical exam costs $20. In some states, the health department TB test is free.
2. Criminal Background Check
Criminal record checking of students is also important as they have to work with vulnerable patients in the future. If any student was involved in any crime given below, he could not work as CNA,
- Robbery related crimes
- Crimes related to drugs
- Violent crimes such as assault, homicide, etc.
- Child/elder abuse
Other minor crimes such as traffic offenses cannot stop you from achieving your goal of becoming a CNA. But if the driving crime is serious such as driving after drinking or taking any other drug or vehicular homicide will cause you problems in getting certified.
Gabriel Health Institute provides background checks and live-scan fingerprint services, which charge $100 for.
3. Program Supplies
Before the start of CNA classes, students are required to purchase many supplies. Some institutes do provide some of these supplies in their package. These supplies include
- Uniform scrubs
- Educational DVDs
- Non-slippery shoes
- A stethoscope
- A watch
- And supplies for note-tacking (notebooks, highlighter, pens, and pencil)
The average cost for these things ranges from 500 to 1500 dollars.
4. Miscellaneous Charges
Some institutes take the additional fees. Ask the institute where you want to take CNA classes whether they charge the miscellaneous fee or not. These include application fees, technology fees, or lab fees.
The average cost for the miscellaneous fee is given below
- Application fees: $15 to $20
- Technology fees: $15 to $20
- Lab fees: $15 to $20
5. CNA Certification Exam
After the course completion, certified nursing assistants must pass the certification exam to get the job. Some institutes charge the CNA exam fee along with the training program fee. Every state has its certification fee, i.e., different from another state.
The certification exam in Florida State costs $155.
6. Transport Charges
Among all other charges, transportation charges are also important in determining the overall cost of your CNA training program. You can take public transport to the institute to take the classes. Check the bus schedule and calculate the bus fare you will have to pay until the end of your course. Calculate the gas price if you prefer a personal vehicle over public transport. Besides the gas cost, add the maintenance cost of your car like oil changes, tire changes, etc.
People with children need to look for childcare so they can take their classes easily without worrying about their children. Schools do not provide onsite childcare, so children are not allowed during the classes. If you have decided to leave your children with your friends, parents or other relatives, sometimes friends or relatives avoid taking the child. So ensure that someone else will look after your children as a backup plan if you want to attend classes properly.
How Can You Pay for CNA Program?
You can pay from your pocket for the CNA program if you can do so, which is one of the easiest ways. But most students cannot fully pay the dues and additional expenses (listed above) immediately due to the lack of cash. Luckily, to help the students to realize their dream, there are other options to pay these expenditures, as given below.
1. Paid Training Program
Few medical facilities and hospitals offer paid training courses for students. For the CNA certification, the student gets on-the-job training, and after passing the certification exam, they get a full-time work employment offer from the same institutes. This is an aspiring opportunity for students who want to get free education and secure a job. Students who attend these institutes are often asked to work for a certain period to repay their education costs.
2. Scholarships or Grants
Students can avail scholarships and grants which are not needed to repay. The financial aid office of your school can provide you with information related to these scholarships. You can also search on google, and many websites can help you to find these opportunities.
Eligibility for these grants and scholarships depends upon various factors such as socioeconomic background, gender, and ethnicity. One side effect is that the scholarship’s legal procedure is long and time-consuming and requires personal statements.
3. Medicare or Medicaid Remunerate
Medicare or Medicaid funds some institutes; according to law, these institutes have to pay for the CNA training programs for their employees. Furthermore, if a student is employed by one of these institutes before completing his training program, then Medicaid or Medicare will pay for his tuition. If within 12 months of training completion a student is employed by Medicaid/Medicare, a portion or all of his tuition costs will be reimbursed.
4. Student Loans
Private financial institutes and the federal government offer student loans with low-interest rates compared to other kinds of loans so that students can easily repay the debt. Student loans are the best option to pay the high educational expenses quickly. You can get information about these loans from your school’s financial aid office.
5. WIOA Funding
WIOA (workforce and innovation opportunity act) is a government program for qualified students to assist them financially and in the certification program. The school you desire to attend can provide you with related information.