If you have decided to train as a CNA in the state of Utah, you will need to find a state certified training program and later pass the state’s CNA competency exam. It is sometimes possible to sit for the exam without entering into a training program. This is generally for RN or LPN nursing students who have completed nursing fundamentals courses, CNAs from other states and military medics or nursing aides. Otherwise, you will need to complete a CNA course. Here are free training options for Utah:
Nursing assistant training is offered at many nursing care facilities and other healthcare facilities. These programs often offer free training to individuals who are hired to work for the facility. You can agree to work for a provider for several months or more and therefore be provided with your training for free.
If you are hired by a nursing care facility after you already paid for training, you can often receive reimbursement. It is typically necessary to receive an employment offer within one year of having received certification. Do remember to save any receipts for CNA training expenses in case you seek reimbursement.
Nursing assistant training is found in some Adult Education Centers in Utah. If you take a training program through an adult education center, you might qualify for community based scholarships and grants. This can help you to possibly receive free training. You should ask about any financial assistance programs that might be available to help you.
Low Cost Training
While most training centers charge upwards of $700 for training in Utah there are a few which charge less than $400. These include the “AAA CNA training Center”(located in South Pinemont, Murray) as well as “An Act of Caring” (located in West Valley City). Both programs include at least eighty hours of training as well as clinicals at approved facilities across the state of Utah.
Both training centers are also part of the WorkForce Investment Act which helps workers who have lost their jobs get access to career training for free. If you have recently been laid off, you can contact an unemployment/workforce office near you and see if you qualify to receive free training from the above centers.
Orchard CNA Training Centers
Another low cost option that charges just $350 for training. their location in Orem is at 766 South 400 East. The training also gets you a valid CPR certification which is a must when you apply for any CNA related job. To inquire about their location and training options please call 801.770.2803. They have 3 and 4 week programs and the timings are flexible to suit most people.
Nursing Related Scholarships in Utah
Davis Applied Technology College (DATC) – Merit-Based Scholarship
The merit-based scholarships at DATC are awarded to students based on academic achievement, career goals and commitment to the chosen field of study. In order to qualify, the student must:
- Have a current DATC student ID
- Complete the Adult Scholarship Application in its entirety
- Complete an FAFSA application
Make sure and submit all requested documents by the deadline date.
Snow College – Richfield Campus – Richfield Rotary Club Scholarship
The Richfield Rotary Club has several $500 scholarships that are awarded to current students at the Snow College Richfield campus based on community involvement, academic achievement and personal work ethic. In order to qualify, the applicant must:
- Complete a scholarship application
- Complete a FAFSA application
- Submit a personal letter
Make sure and submit completed application by June 1st for priority consideration.
Youthlinc Utah Young Humanitarian Award
The Youthlinc Utah Young Humanitarian Award is given to students who excel in their ability to give back to the community. The first place winner is awarded $5000 and three runners-up will receive $1000. In order to qualify, the applicant must:
- Be a Utah resident
- Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
- Be a Junior or Senior in a Utah high school or enrolled full-time in a college in the state of Utah
Complete the entire application and submit all requested documents by the deadline date in order to be considered for the prestigious award.
Places That May Be Able To Help
Utah’s WIA Youth Program-Brigham City Employment Center
138 West 990 South, Brigham City, Utah 84302
The WIA programs help low income and at risk youth with a range of services.
Columbus Community Center
3495 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
This Center offers services to help individuals with disabilities who are at least 16 years old.
Veteran Employment Services
115 East 100 South, Richfield, UT 84701
Veterans can qualify for a variety of career training and employment services in Utah. Veterans can receive assistance to access any of their available tuition assistance benefits. They can also be connected to free career training and other career development programs . Veterans need to apply at local Veteran Offices as well as local employment centers such as the one in this example.
Eagle Gate College
405 S Main Street-Suite 130 , Salt Lake City, UT 84111
This college is well known for providing career training solutions for men and women of all ages in Utah. As a superb career training college, Eagle Gate is one of the colleges administering WIA eligible training solutions for men and women who are able to receive career training assistance through workforce programs.
Nursing homes in Utah that might offer CNA training for free
Note: This is a list of some of the more popular and well run nursing homes in Utah. While they don’t provide free training, those with active vacancies may be willing to hire you as a nursing assistant trainee.
Brigham City Nursing & Rehabilitation Center – 775 North 200 East Brigham City, Utah 84302
Brighton Gardens Of Salt Lake – 76 South 500 East Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
Castle Country Care Center – 1340 East 300 North Price, Utah 84501
Castleview Hosp Trans Care Cen – 300 North Hospital Drive Price, Utah 84501
Country View Manor – 2901 West Center Street Provo, Utah 84601
Four Corners Regional Care Ctr – 818 North 400 West Blanding, Utah 84511
Hales Rest Home – 150 East Center Street Spanish Fork, Utah 84660
Lakeview Hospital Tcu – 630 East Medical Drive Bountiful, Utah 84010
Life Care Center Of Bountiful – 460 West 2600 South Bountiful, Utah 84010
Logan Nursing & Rehab Center – 1480 North 400 East Logan, Utah 84341
Manor Care Of South Ogden – 5540 South 1050 East Ogden, Utah 84405
Stewarts Care And Rehab. – 187 West Lagoon Street Roosevelt, Utah 84066
Timp Haven Care Center – 651 East 200 South Lehi, Utah 84043
Uintah Care Center – 510 South 500 West Vernal, Utah 84078
Utah State Veterans Nursing – 700 Foothill Boulevard Salt Lake City, Utah 84113