You can become a certified nursing assistant in North Carolina by attending a training class that has been approved by the state. Then, you will need to take the state administered exam for certification. There are a variety of options for your training including fast track programs in several cities as well as Red Cross Training Program. To get trained for free, read the options available below:
The American Red Cross offers CNA training in North Carolina. There is a fee for this training program. However, sometimes individuals are able to receive grants from community program and organizations to complete training through the Red Cross. If you receive a grant to cover the entire cost, you will have free cna training.
It is not uncommon to find some nursing assistant programs at technical schools and community colleges. You should contact the financial aid department of any schools offering nursing assistant training. It might be possible to apply for scholarships and even grants for some of those programs. This is even more likely if the program grants you credit hours upon completion of the course.
Talk to the administrators of nursing assistant programs you are interested in attending. They might be able to point you in the direction of programs you can apply for to cover the cost of your training. Most states offer opportunities for individuals who are unemployed or underemployed to receive financial assistance with training programs.
Direct Training Opportunities
Kingston Residence of Hickory (Added June 2012)
They have a nursing assistant position that’s just opened up. You need to have a high school diploma or GED to qualify. The good thing is that you do not necessarily have to have the state CNA certification. You can get started as a trainee until you complete the state exam under their guidance. You must however pass and get your license in the time allocated by the state. For more details please visit http://goo.gl/pI5M7
Low Cost Training
The state of NC has very lenient rules on how you qualify to do the exam. A lot of training centers run training that can be completed in a few days. As long as you revise properly you can easily pass the exam.
CNA Career Training in Charlotte, NC offers training for just $200 (weekend class) and $250 for the weekday classes. This includes the cost of materials such as stethoscope, blood pressure set as well as a 24 skills DVD set. To get more info and signup for this class please call 704-479-1262. The classes are held at 3623 Latrobe Drive Suite 229
Nursing Related Scholarships in North Carolina
North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority – Nurse Education Scholarship – Loan Program (NESLP)
The (NESLP) loan forgiveness program is designed to repay your loan by working as a nurse in North Carolina upon graduation. The applicant must work for one employer for six months as an LPN in North Carolina. In order to qualify, the applicant must:
- Graduate from a program in which you received the scholarship for
- Obtain licensure from the North Carolina Board of nursing
- Secure a full-time position in a qualified facility
Make sure and submit all requested documents and completed application to SEAA.
ECPI University – Medical Careers Institute College of Health Science Scholarships
ECPI University offers the LPN program at three campuses in North Carolina. The University offers all students attending the opportunity to apply for scholarships that are available through the school. Graduating high school seniors and military personnel and their dependents may be eligible for the following scholarships:
- Imagine America
- JTPA or Dislocated Worker sponsorship
- MCI Military Merit Scholarship
- ECPI Scholarships
Durham Technical Community College – Ralph “Butch” Holman Practical Nursing Scholarship
Durham Technical Community College has several scholarships available that are general and program specific. The Ralph “Butch” Holman Practical Nursing Scholarship was created in memory of Ralph “Butch” Holman who graduated from the nursing program at Durham Tech. In order to qualify, the student must:
- Be enrolled in the LPN program
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in the program and be enrolled for 9 or more credit hours
Preference is given to residents of North Carolina and African-American male students.
Institutions That Can Help You
Mecklenburg Senior Center-Charolotte Location
3925 Willard Farrow Dr. Charlotte, NC 28215
The center offs services for those who are at least 55 years old. The centers work to help individuals gain skills and experiences that will help them to achieve gainful employment.
3815 N. Tryon St. Charlotte, NC 28206
Hope Haven is an organization providing hope for individuals who have had substance additctions. They provide many different services to help men and women to stay substance free and to build a new life. Among the services are free job training programs.
Goodwill Industries-Job Training
2122 Freedom Dr. Charlotte, NC 28208
The Goodwill Industries in Charolotte North Carolina offer training programs for constructions trades. In addition job skills development for hospitality and for customer service jobs are offered.
NC Back-to-Work Program -Guilford Technical Community College
601 High Point Road, Jamestown, NC 27282
The program is for individuals who have been receiving unemployment benefits for 6 months or more. This program can also help those who have no more unemployment benefits and who have not been able to find employment. There are colleges and training facilities throughout the state participating in this program such as GTCC.
New Beginnings Employment Training
700 N. Tryon St. Charlotte, NC – 28202
This is a special program to help adults who were homemakers and who no have found that they are not employed and no longer receiving an income from a spouse (or other individual or organization). So it is essentially a program for displaced homemakers.
Nursing homes in North Carolina that might be offering CNA training for free
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. Those with active CNA vacancies are your best bet!
Black Mountain Ctr Alzheimers – 932 Old Us 70 Highway Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711
Bladen County Hospital Snf – 501 Poplar Street Box 398 Elizabethtown, North Carolina 28337
Blowing Rock Hospital Ltc – Po Box 148 Chestnut Dr Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605
Blue Ridge Health Care Center – 3830 Blue Ridge Road Raleigh, North Carolina 27612
Britthaven Of Havelock – 110 Mccotter Blvd Havelock, North Carolina 28532
Britthaven Of Henderson – 1245 Park Ave Henderson, North Carolina 27536
Britthaven Of Jacksonville – 225 White St Jacksonville, North Carolina 28546
Britthaven Of Kernersville – 728 Piney Grove Rd Kernersville, North Carolina 27284
Conover Nursing And Rehab Ctr – 920 4th Street Sw Conover, North Carolina 28613
Convalescent Center Of Halifax – 101 Caroline Avenue Box 432 Weldon, North Carolina 27890
Convalescent Center Of Lee Co – 714 Westover Drive P O Box 1436 Sanford, North Carolina 27330
Golden Years Nh – 7348 North West Street Falcon, North Carolina 28342
Grace Heights – 109 Foothills Drive Morganton, North Carolina 28655
Graybrier Nurs & Retirement Ct – 116 Lane Dr Trinity, North Carolina 27370
Greenfield Place – 2575 W 5th St Greenville, North Carolina 27834
Guardian Care Of Ahoskie – 604 Stokes St East Ahoskie, North Carolina 27910
Lutheran Home – Hickory West – 1125 10 St Blvd Nw Hickory, North Carolina 28601
Lutheran Home – Winston Salem – 5350 Old Walkertown Road Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27105
Lutheran Home At Trinity Oaks – 820 Klumac Rd Box 1310 Salisbury, North Carolina 28144
Lutheran Home-Albemarle – 24724 Hwy 52 South Albemarle, North Carolina 28001
Lutheran Nh Hickory Unit – 1265 21 St Ne Hickory, North Carolina 28601
Madison Manor Nursing Center – 345 Manor Rd Mars Hill, North Carolina 28754
Smithfield Manor Inc – 902 Berkshire Rd Smithfield, North Carolina 27577
Snug Harbor On Nelson Bay – P O Box 150 Sealevel, North Carolina 28577
South Village – 2221 Raleigh Rd Rocky Mount, North Carolina 27803
Southwood Nursing And Retireme – 180 Southwood Drive Box 708 Clinton, North Carolina 28328
Springwood Care Ctr Of Forsyth – 5755 Shattalon Dr Box 11907 Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27105