Becoming a CNA is a wonderful way to begin a career in the medical field. Training usually only last a few weeks and demand for qualified CNAs is high. Accordingly, many people find rewarding employment as soon as they earn their certificate.
While some organizations occasionally offer free CNA training, most people have to pay tuition and fees. The precise cost of the training varies. For instance, some community colleges and technical schools charge by the credit hour, so the amount you’ll pay will depend upon their hourly rate and the number of training hours. Other places that offer CNA training charge a flat fee.
It’s also helpful to keep in mind that training costs vary by location. Institutions in large cities charge more than those in rural settings. Moreover, tuition for in-state students is typically much lower than for out-of-state students.
Despite all the variables, it’s possible to draw generalizations regarding tuition and fees. Institutions charging flat fees cost between $500 and $1,700. What is actually covered by the flat fee varies. The fee may cover instruction, uniform, books and supplies. In some programs the fee also covers the cost of the state certification test. These tests can cost between $50 and $150, and a passing score is required before being allowed to work as a CNA.
Programs that charge by the credit hour may cost as little as $65 to $300 per credit hour. In state tuition is usually far less expensive. However, some schools simply charge more for tuition even when students are in state. Each state sets a minimum number of required training hours for CNA students. A total of 75 hours of training is average. This is usually broken up into classroom lecture and clinical practice. A school that requires completion of general education credits will require more time and will accordingly be more expensive.
Books may not be included in the cost of a program that charges by the credit hour. These can cost between $50 and $100. Some programs charge a modest registration fee of between $5-$100. Most schools require a TB test which may be free or cost about $20. If your vaccinations are up-to-date, you won’t have to pay extra fees for these. A criminal background check is necessary. The fee for these may be covered in the flat fee or may require a payment of about $20-$45.