You can become a nursing assistant in the state of South Carolina by attending a training course that has been approved for the state. It is also necessary to take and pass all portions of the nursing assistant certification test. Most training courses do carry a fee but there are some opportunities for free cna training. For a full list of options read below:
There are various community based programs that can help you cover the cost of CNA training In South Carolina. For example, Goodwill Industries has been partnering with the Advance Nursing Education Center to offer free CNA training to eligible candidates. There are various criteria that must be met. You need to have a low income and be disabled or disadvantaged in some way. The program is intended to help you obtain training for a good career.
CNA training in South Carolina can sometimes be obtained through medical facilities. These facilities often offer nursing assistant training. They will sometimes provide free CNA training for individuals who will then work for the facility for a certain amount of time (often 6 months to 1 year). You can start on the path of your new career by taking advantage of free training offers in your area.
Business and organizations in your area might offer scholarship opportunities for individuals who are trying to better themselves through training programs. It might be possible to receive assistance from businesses in your area to cover the cost of CNA training. Do not be afraid to contact employment agencies or assistance offices in your area for referrals to any groups that might be able to help.
If you have already paid for nursing assistant training, you might be able to get your money back. Many employers will (some are even required to) pay for your nursing assistant training program. Keep records of the expenses you paid for training.
Department Of Mental Health (Added February 2013)
Richland County, South Carolina at the C. M. Tucker Campus, 2200 Harden Street. They have an open trainee position where you have the chance of receiving training and then appearing for the certification exam for SC. There are no mimimum requirements or qualifications for the position. Find more details at: http://goo.gl/Wdoay
Remember that since this is state employment, the benefits will be excellent!
Project Hope (added May 2012)
As part of the drive to get more people employed in heatlhcare, Project Hope was formed to provide training in those in demand careers that have reasonable salaries. You can receive free training as part of this initiative if you’re receiving benefits from TANF or SNAP or are part of the foster youth system. You might also be eligible for this if you’re in a low income household.
A range of healthcare career training is provided including, free phlebotomy and dental assisting training.
The Boot camps are located in Florence, Greenwood, Beaufort and Columbia. For more information and to get the application checklist, please visit: https://dss.sc.gov/projecthope/
(Thank you Susan for letting us know about this opportunity!)
Nursing homes in South Carolina that might give 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 current vacancies are more likely to hire trainees.
Agape Nsg & Rehab Ctr – 300 Agape Drive West Columbia, South Carolina 29169
Allen Bennett Mem Hosp Snf – 313 Memorial Drive Greer, South Carolina 29651
Anne Maria Rehab & Nursing Ctr – 1200 Talisman Drive North Augusta, South Carolina 29841
Carolina Village Hlth Care Ctr – 2993 Van Valin Drive Rock Hill, South Carolina 29732
Carriage Hill Plantation – 550 East Gate Dr Aiken, South Carolina 29804
Central Carolina Hlth & Rehab – 2451 Forest Dr Columbia, South Carolina 29204
Charleston Nursing Center – 921 Bowman Rd Mt Pleasant, South Carolina 29464
Cherokee Co Ltc Facility – 1434 N Limestone St Gaffney, South Carolina 29340
Chester County Nursing Center – 1 Medical Park Drive Chester, South Carolina 29706
Edgefield Health Care Center – 1 Wa Reel Dr Edgefield, South Carolina 29824
Ellen Sagar Nursing Home – 1817 Jonesville Highway Union, South Carolina 29379
Fountain Inn Nursing Home – “P.O. Box 67, 501 Gulliver St” Fountain Inn, South Carolina 29644
Medford Place – 105 Medford Drive Darlington, South Carolina 29532
Methodist Manor – 2100 Twin Church Road Florence, South Carolina 29505
Morrell Memorial Conv Ctr – 900 North Marquis Hwy Hartsville, South Carolina 29551
Mountainview Nursing Home – 340 Cedar Springs Rd Spartanburg, South Carolina 29302
Mullins Nursing Center – 518 S Main Street Mullins, South Carolina 29574
Myrtle Beach Manor – 9547 Highway 17 North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29572
N Greenville Hosp Sac – 807 N Main Travelers Rest, South Carolina 29690
Newberry Co. Mem. Hosp. Tcu – 2669 Kinard Street Newberry, South Carolina 29108