If you are looking for an entry-level healthcare job where you can make up to $30,000 per year in the State of Virginia, you should consider training as a certified nursing assistant. You will need to locate and attend an accredited CNA training course and then pass the exam for certification. Most courses cost less than $900. There are options you can look into for free cna training as well. Read below:
There are some colleges in the state of Virginia that offer nursing assistant programs. If you attend a program that is comprised of regular credit hours, you can apply for state and federal financial assistance. You will receive free cna training if you are approved for enough grants to cover your tuition. The same is true if you are approved for enough scholarship money to complete nursing assistant training.
You can be reimbursed any money you spent for nursing assistant training courses if you are hired by a nursing care facility in Virginia. An employer will reimburse your expenses if you are hired to work as a CNA for their facility within one year of receiving your certification. Although, you will need to initially cover the cost out of your own pocket, in the long run, your CNA training will be free. More info on How To Get Free Training Through Nursing Homes
Many nursing homes and retirement communities will actually pay you to become a certified nursing assistant. There is a high demand for quality nursing assistants with certification. For this reason, many of these facilities provide training for individuals as long as they are then willing to work for the facility for an amount of time as agreed to in a contract.
You will not need to pay out more than you can afford for CNA training. You can find options to receive free cna training or to receive a reimbursement of the money you spend for training.
Sheela, a reader of our website has generously directed us to a free program in Virginia. The program is provided by Tap Into Hope. more details can be found at http://www.tapintohope.org/programs/cna.html (Do let us know if you were successful through the comments section)
Nursing Related Scholarships in Virginia
Danville Community College(DCC) – Mickey D. Geyer Nursing Scholarship
Danville Community College offers a variety of scholarships for students in several categories. The Mickey D. Geyer Nursing Scholarship, which is offered through the DCC Educational Foundation is specific to students pursing a career in nursing. In order to qualify, the applicant must:
- Be a recent graduate from George Washington High School
- Demonstrate financial need
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in high school
In order to be considered for foundation scholarships, the applicant must have applied for admission to DCC prior to the scholarship application deadline.
Eastern Shore Community College (ESCC) – Eastern Shore Nursing Scholarship
The Eastern Shore Nursing Scholarship is offered through the ESCC Foundation. The scholarship awards five applicants $500 each. Three of the scholarships are based on financial needs and two are based strictly on academic merit. In order to qualify, the applicant must:
- Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits applicable to the Practical Nursing program
- Maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA
Applications must be submitted by the application deadline. The deadline is generally mid-May for the following fall semester and mid-November for the following spring semester.
Virginia’s Department of Health – Mary Marshall Nursing Scholarship Program for Licensed Practical Nurses
The Mary Marshall Nursing Scholarship Program is not a gift. In return for the amount awarded, the applicant must agree to full-time employment as a nurse in Virginia. For every $100 received, the recipient must work one month; therefore, if students receive $1000 in scholarship awards, they will have to work for 10 months continuously. In order to qualify, the applicant must:
- Be a resident of Virginia for at least one year
- Be accepted or enrolled in a practical nursing program in the state of Virginia
- Submit application and all requested documents no later than June 30th
Institutions That Can Help You
Old Dominion Job Corps Center
1073 Father Judge Road, Monroe, VA – 24574
Young men and women who are not older than 24 and not younger than 16, can apply to join a Job Corps Center if they do not have a high income and/or have other obstacles that can be helped by receiving academic and job training. The job corps also helps individuals to further develop good social skills.
Norfolk Skills Center
922 W. 21st Street, Norfolk, VA 23517
This skills center is part of the public education system of Norfolk. The center is able to offer career training options. In addition to the career training, they also provide forms of job placement assistance. Youth and adults who have a low income, disabilities and other barriers to a good income can apply . Services are also available to veterans as well as individuals who have prior criminal offenses.
Nursing homes in Virginia that might offer CNA training for free
Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly. This list is of some of the more popular nursing homes in Va. Look for those that have active vacancies. Always be polite when inquiring as not all might have training.
Autumn Care Of Altavista – 1317 Lola Ave Altavista, Virginia 24517
Autumn Care Of Great Bridge – 821 Cedar Road Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
Autumn Care Of Madison – Number One Autumn Court Madison, Virginia 22727
Autumn Care Of Norfolk – 1401 Halstead Avenue Norfolk, Virginia 23502
Bowling Green Healthcare Center – 120 Anderson Avenue Bowling Green, Virginia 22427
Brian Cntr Nrsn Care/Alleghany – 100 Alleghany Regional Hospital Lane Lowmoor, Virginia 24457
Brian Cntr Nsg Care/Fincastle – 188 Old Fincastle Road Fincastle, Virginia 24090
Brian Ctr Hlt & Rehab/Scott Co – 105 Clonce Street Weber City, Virginia 24290
Grace Lodge – 1503 Grace Street Lynchburg, Virginia 24505
Grayson N&R Center – 400 S. Independence Ave Independence, Virginia 24348
Greensville Memorial Nsg Hm – 214 Weaver Ave Emporia, Virginia 23847
Gretna Health Care Center – 595 Vaden Drive Gretna, Virginia 24557
Halifax Regional Hospital Snf – 2204 Wilborn Ave South Boston, Virginia 24592
Inova Cameron Glen Care Cntr – 1800 Cameron Glen Drive Herndon, Virginia 20190
James River Convalescent Cente – 540 Aberthaw Avenue Newport News, Virginia 23601
John Randolph Nursing Home – 409 Randolph Rd P O Box 1626 Hopewell, Virginia 23860
Johnson Cntr/Falcons Landing – 20535 Earhart Place Sterling, Virginia 20165
Kegley Manor – Route 1 Box 105 Bastian, Virginia 24314
Oak Hill Center – 512 Houston Street Staunton, Virginia 24401
Oak Lea Nsg Home – 1475 Virginia Avenue Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802
Oak Springs Of Warrenton – 614 Hastings Lane Warrenton, Virginia 20186
Oakwood Manor Bedford Mem – 1613 Oakwood Street Bedford, Virginia 24523
Oakwood Nsg & Rehab Cntr – 5520 Indian River Road Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
Orange County Nursing Home – 120 Dogwood Lane Orange, Virginia 22960
The Meadows Nursing Center – 2715 Dogtown Road Goochland, Virginia 23063
The Orchard – 20 Delfae Drive Warsaw, Virginia 22572
The Village Nursing Center – Fork Union, Virginia 23055
The Washington House – 5100 Fillmore Avenue Alexandria, Virginia 22311
Thornton Hall – 827 Norview Avenue Norfolk, Virginia 23509
Trinity Mission Farmville – Route 5 Scott Drive Farmville, Virginia 23901