You can work in a rewarding career providing basic care services for patients and residents of healthcare facilities. If you work as a CNA, you will assist patients with activities of daily living and help to answer their call bells and monitor vital signs. You must attend a state approved training program and pass the examination for certification before becoming a CNA. We’ve compiled a list of free training options below:
Nursing homes and geriatric care facilities in Mississippi frequently offer free cna training. Not all places offer training but those who do often offer tuition free classes for individuals who will then work for the facility. This is a good way to receive free training if you do not mind working for the facility for several months to a year (in most cases). You can gain the training and experience you need for a continued career as a certified nursing assistant.
If you work in a geriatric care facility or nursing home in some other position in Mississippi, you might be able to receive free cna training. Talk to your employer to let them know that you are interested in changing jobs. Discuss your interest in training to become a certified nursing assistant. If you have been a good worker with a compassionate personality, the employer might be willing to pay for your training for a new career.
There are programs available to help you train for a new career. It is often possible to receive training assistance if you are out of work or have a very low income.
Direct Free Training Options
Brandon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, LLC (Added March 2013)
They have a trainee position that’s just opened up. Basically, you get trained while you’re being paid by the company. Upon completion of the training period, you’re supposed to appear for the certification exam. Once you pass you become a full time employee. While being trained, you get paid $7.30 which is pretty good if you ask me. High school qualifications required. Position is in Brandon, MS. More details at: http://goo.gl/VFQA6
NorthEast Mississippi Community College (Low Cost Classes)
The NorthEast Mississippi Community College offers one of the lowest prices CNA courses in the state. The classes cost just $350 and include almost everything necessary. You get your books for free as well as a CPR certification(which is necessary for gaining employment as a CNA). They have centers in Boonville, Corinth and Ripley. You will be required to pay for the state certification exam which costs $101.
Finch-Henry Job Corps Center
Address: 821 Highway 51 South Batesville, MS 38606, Phone: 662-563-4656
Finch-Henry Job Corps Center is committed to bettering the lives of eligible participants ranging in age from 16 years old to 24 years old who would like to gain more specialized vocational skills or continue their higher education in order to increase their employability within today’s competitive job market. For those who meet the requirements, Finch-Henry Job Corps Center allows participants to be fully supported, from free housing to free meals, while they move forward in their training so they can quickly acquire the needed skills to transition into reliable, well-paying employment opportunities. Vocational training programs are available in the fields of Bricklaying, Carpentry, Culinary Arts, Nurse Assistant, Home Health Aide, Office Administration and Welding.
Nursing Related Scholarships in Mississippi
Northeast Mississippi Community College Foundation Scholarships – Clifton B. Sawyer Memorial Scholarship
The Clifton B. Sawyer Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students who have graduated from Alcorn County High School. Preference is given to applicants in Allied Health programs (ex. LPN). In order to qualify, the applicant must:
- Demonstrate financial need
- Complete general scholarship application
Make sure and submit the application by March 15th in order to be considered for the scholarship.
Itawamba Community College (ICC) – Dana Grissom Cockrell Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The Dana Grissom Cockrell Memorial Endowed Scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a career in the medical field (ex. LPN). In order to qualify for the scholarship, students must:
- Be a resident of Itawamba County
- Be enrolled full-time
- Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5
- Demonstrate financial need
- Complete Private Donor application
Submit completed application by April 1st.
National Black Nurses Association, Inc. (NBNA) – Kaiser Permanente Scholarship
The Kaiser Permanente Scholarship is offered to African American students pursing a career as a nurse. The amount awarded is up to $2000. in order to qualify, the applicant must:
- Be enrolled in a nursing program (LPN, Diploma, AD or BSN)
- Be in good academic standing
- Have at least one full year of school remaining
- Be a member of NBNA and a local chapter if one exists in your area
Make sure and submit completed application along with all requested documents by April 15th.
Nursing homes in Mississippi that could give you Free CNA training
Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly. It is however common for nursing homes to employ you and then pay for your training at another facility. This list is simply a list of the most popular facilities in Mississippi. Those with active vacancies might hire you as trainees.
Brookwood Manor Nursing Center – Mcleod Avenue Leakesville, Mississippi 39451
Bruce Nursing Center Inc – Highway 9 S Box 1280 Bruce, Mississippi 38915
Care Center Of Aberdeen – 505 Jackson St Aberdeen, Mississippi 39730
Care Center Of Clinton – 1251 Pinehaven Road Clinton, Mississippi 39056
Care Center Of Laurel – 935 West Dr Laurel, Mississippi 39440
Care Center Of Louisville – 543 East Main Street Louisville, Mississippi 39339
Carrington Nursing Center – 307 Reed Rd Starkville, Mississippi 39760
Carthage Health Care Center – 1101 East Franklin Street Carthage, Mississippi 39051
Heritage Manor Of Rolling Fork – 431 West Race Street Rolling Fork, Mississippi 39159
Highland Home – 638 Highland Colony Parkway Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157
Hilltop Manor Inc – 101 Kirkland Street Union, Mississippi 39365
Hinds County Nursing & Rehabilitation – 3454 Albermarle Rd Jackson, Mississippi 39213
Holly Springs Health & Rehab C – 960 Highway 4 East Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635
Landmark Nursing And Rehab Ctr – 100 Lauren Drive Booneville, Mississippi 38829
Landmark Of Desoto – 3068 Nail Road West Horn Lake, Mississippi 38637
Laurelwood Comm Living Center – 1036 West Drive Laurel, Mississippi 39440
Lawrence Co Nursing Center – 700 Jefferson Street Monticello, Mississippi 39654
The Nichols Center – 7521 Old Canton Rd Madison, Mississippi 39110