You can earn a good salary working as a certified nursing assistant in Texas. The average salary is around $33,000. You can earn your certification by completing a program that is approved by the state as well as the state competency exam. There are even some potential opportunities to help you train for free:
Free CNA training can sometimes be accessed through The Workforce and Continuing Education Department. The Texas division of this department might offer training to you if you have a low income and are between the age of 17 and 21. You should contact the local department in your area to determine if you might qualify and for details about how to apply.
You can sometimes receive training as the result of a full scholarship for training. These scholarships are often sponsored by organizations and businesses in your local area. You should discuss with each CNA training school of interest the possibility of applying for a scholarship. They should be able to provide you with the information you need to locate scholarships.
A nursing care facility or other types of healthcare providers might hire you to work as a CNA before you receive certification. These facilities often like to hire prospective CNAs and provide as well as pay for their training. You will not be able to receive training and then start a career as a CNA somewhere else. Instead, you will work for the employer who provided training for a previously agreed about amount of time. (explained in detail at: Training From Nursing Care Facilities)
When you attend training programs for CNAs at a college, vocational school or nursing school, you should contact the financial aid department. They will be able to inform you as to whether or not your program could qualify for any type of financial assistance or if there are ways to receive low cost training. It never hurts to ask if there are any options available to you.
Low Cost Training:
CTK Healthcare and Career (Irving, TX)
Located on 3455 N. Beltline Road Suite 206, Irving , TX 75062 they offer training for less than $650. Depending on your situation you may qualify for free training as part of the DARS Program(explained below) or via the Workforce Training act (explained here: http://cnatraininghelp.com/free-cna-training-through-the-workforce-investment-act/) Remember that you will need to contact the relevant Government agency in your town before you contact the training center. You may contact the center on 214-441-3556 for more info on their training program.
if you’re disabled and may be able to work as a nurse aide, you can receive free training by applying here: http://www.dars.state.tx.us/drs/vr.shtml (They ususally help retrain individulas in jobs that allow them to earn a steady income and become self sufficient. The etraining costs are usually taken care of via Government subsidies and grants. It is worth applying to if you qualify as it may also open options in careers that may be more better than nursing)
Park Manor Nursing Home
Another place that was offering no cost CNA classes in Texas was Park Manor Nursing Home. We are not sure if the program is still running but its worth a shot. You can contact them at: http://www.parkmanor-cypressstation.com/contact.php
Nursing homes in Texas that might offer CNA training for free
Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide Free training directly. Find one that is near you and see if they have a CNA vacancy. It is common for facilities to hire you as a trainee and provide you with on the job training if you show enthusiasm in becoming a caregiver.
Alameda Oaks Nursing Center – 1101 S Alameda Corpus Christi, Texas 78404
Alamo Heights Health And Rehab – 8223 Broadway San Antonio, Texas 78209
Alice Regional Hospital Snu – 2500 E Main St Alice, Texas 78332
All Seasons Care Center – 6150 S Loop East Houston, Texas 77087
Allenbrook Healthcare Center – 4109 Allenbrook Dr Baytown, Texas 77521
Almeda Health Care Center – 5925 Almeda Rd Houston, Texas 77004
Carrizo Springs Nursing And Rehabilita – Eighth And Clark St Carrizo Springs, Texas 78834
Carthage Healthcare Center – 701 S Market St Carthage, Texas 75633
Cartmell Home For Aged And Orphans – 2212 Reagan St Palestine, Texas 75801
Cartwheel Lodge Of Gonzales – 1800 Cartwheel Dr Gonzales, Texas 78629
Cartwheel Lodge Of Luling – 1105 N Magnolia Luling, Texas 78648
Castle Manor – 1922 Castle Dr Garland, Texas 75040
Castle Pines Health And Rehabilitation – 2414 W Frank Ave Lufkin, Texas 75904
Cedar Falls Care Center – 1908 Sixth St Wichita Falls, Texas 76301
Heart Of Texas Mason – 110 E College St Mason, Texas 76856
Hearthstone Of Round Rock – 401 Oakwood Blvd Round Rock, Texas 78681
Heartland Health Care Center – 11406 Rustic Rock Drive Austin, Texas 78750
Heartland Health Care Center At Willowbrook – 13631 Ardfield Dr Houston, Texas 77070
Port Lavaca Nsg & Rehab Center – 524 Village Rd Port Lavaca, Texas 77979
Prairie Acres – 201 E 15th Friona, Texas 79035
Prairie House Living Center – 1301 Mesa Dr Plainview, Texas 79072
Providence Memorial Hospital – 2001 N Oregon St El Paso, Texas 79902
Windsor Place – 2537 West Pleasant Run Lancaster, Texas 75146
Windsor Place – 507 E Watson Blvd Daingerfield, Texas 75638
Winnie L. Nursing Facility – 2104 N Karnes Cameron, Texas 76520
Wintherhaven Nursing Home – 6534 Stuebner Airline Rd Houston, Texas 77091
Wood Memorial Nursing Home – 320 Greenville Highway Mineola, Texas 75773
Woodhaven Nursing And Rehab – 1200 N Jackson St Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482