Free CNA Training in West Virginia

You can easily start a career in the healthcare industry by spending a few weeks training to become a CNA.  As a CNA, you will provide some basic care for patients in a healthcare setting.  This can include assisting patients with activities of daily living, monitoring vital signs and providing other basic (primarily non-medical care). Here are ways to get free training in West Virginia:

If you are already working for a healthcare provider, but in a non-medical position, you might consider training to become a nursing assistant.  You should talk to your employer about your new career goals.  If you are a hard-working and motivated employee, it is possible that your employer will agree to cover the cost of your training as long as you continue to work for that employer once you are certified.  This is one easy way to receive free CNA training.

You can search for cna training programs at local nursing care facilities and through other healthcare providers.  It is often possible to be hired to work for the facility as a nursing assistant and to have this training provided with you.  You will likely need to work for that employer for a specified amount of time before taking a job somewhere else if your training is provided at no cost to you.

Contact the local job placement agencies and assistance offices if you are unemployed or low-income and looking to have a new career.  There are often programs available to help you receive some type of training.  You might be able to opt to receiving free cna training.

Direct Free Training Options

Trainee Position at SHARPE HOSPITAL, WESTON. (Aug 2012)
There is a position open for a health service trainee. This position includes training to become a CNA. While the listing from the state of WV mentions that preference is given to those already undergoing training or already certified it doesn’t harm you to apply because the benefits are immense when working at a hospital. More details available at (copy the url and paste it into your browser)

Free Training at Genesis Healthcare
They have a position for a Patient Care Assistant and they’re willing to provide training if you’re the right person. You can get more details by clicking here.  The opening is in the city of Daniels and requires you to have a CPR certificate as well as proficiency in the English language. A high school diploma is not a must but will give you an edge.

Nursing Related Scholarships in WVcnanotes2

Putnam Career and Technical College – 13th Year Scholarship

The 13th Year Scholarship is available to Putnam county students who have graduated from high school or have earned a GED.  Students from surrounding counties may be eligible, but Putnam county graduates receive first priority. The scholarship pays for tuition for the school year following graduation. Students interested in applying for the scholarship need to complete a FAFSA form and contact Putnam Career and Technical College for an application.

New River Community and Technical College Foundation – Marlinton Rotary Club Health Sciences Scholarship

The Marlinton Rotary Club Health Sciences Scholarship is awarded to students who are pursuing a career in health care at New River Community and Technical College. The amount awarded is up to $1000. In order to qualify, the applicant must:

  • Be a graduating senior from Pocahontas County High School
  • Maintain a minimum of 9 credit hours a semester
  • Be enrolled in an allied health program
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5

West Virginia Center for Nursing – Center for Nursing Scholarship

The Center for Nursing Scholarship is available to LPN, RN, ADN and BSN students. The amount awarded for LPN students is up to $3000 per academic year. In order to qualify, the applicant must:

  • Complete the Center for Nursing Scholarship Application packet
  • Fill out supplementary forms with necessary information and submit to the appropriate office of your school

Make sure and submit application by the deadline date specific to the semester you are applying for.

Places That May Be Able Help

Step up for Women

1137 Van Voorhis Rd, #15 Chelsea Square, Morgantown WV 26505

Step up for Women is a unique program that prepares women to enter construction and related trades.  There are thee training locations within the state of West Virginia for this program.  The program is able to help women who are looking for a career where they have a lot of potential and for those seeking a new career for gainful employment.

West Virginia Workforce Investment Board

17 Middletown Road, Whitehall WV, 26554

The WV Workforce Board is able to provide a range of services to help individuals get back to work if they are layed off, displaced homemakers, low income or unemployed/underemployed for a range of other reasons.

Nursing homes in West Virginia where you might get free CNA training

Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly. This is a list of some of the better nursing homes in WV. Your best bet is to contact those with vacancies and see if they might consider hiring you as a trainee. Do not call directly looking for training. Look for those with a current vacancy first. 

Braxton Health Care Center – 200 Days Drive   Sutton, West Virginia 26601

Brightwood Center – 840 Lee Road   Follansbee, West Virginia 26037

Broaddus Hospital – Mansfield Hill   Philippi, West Virginia 26416

Cabell Huntington Hospital Tcu – 1340 Hal Greer Boulevard   Huntington, West Virginia 25701

Camden Clark Memorial Hos – 800 Garfield Avenue   Parkersburg, West Virginia 26102

Dawn View Center – P. O. Box 686   Fort Ashby, West Virginia 26719

E.A. Hawse Continuous Care Ctr – P.O Box 70   Baker, West Virginia 26801

Eagle Pointe – 1600 27th Street   Parkersburg, West Virginia 26101

Eldercare Of West Virginia – 107 Miller Drive   Ripley, West Virginia 25271

Elkins Regional Conv. Ctr. – 1175 Beverly Pike   Elkins, West Virginia 26241

Fayette Continuous Care Center – 100 Hresan Boulevard   Fayetteville, West Virginia 25840

Logan Center – Rt. 10 3 Mile Curve   Logan, West Virginia 25601

Logan Park Care Center – 1000 West Park Avenue   Logan, West Virginia 25601

Maples Nursing Home – 1600 Bland Street   Bluefield, West Virginia 24701

Mariner Health Care Of Huntington – 1720 17th Street   Huntington, West Virginia 25701

Marion Health Care Hospital – 401 Guffey Street   Logan, West Virginia 25601

Marmet Health Care Center – #1 Sutphin Drive   Marmet, West Virginia 25315

Roane General Hosp. D/P – 200 Hospital Drive   Spencer, West Virginia 25276

Rosewood Center – Glenmark-Genesis   Grafton, West Virginia 26354

Shenandoah Health Vill. Center – 219 Prospect Avenue   Charles Town, West Virginia 25414

Sistersville Center – Genesis/Glenmark   Sistersville, West Virginia 26175

Springfield Center – Route 1 Box 101-A   Lindside, West Virginia 24951

St. Barbara’s Nurs. Home – “Maple Ter, Lady Ln”   Fairmont, West Virginia 26555

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2 Responses to Free CNA Training in West Virginia

  1. Sheila Satow October 17, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

    I have been trying for over a year now to get enrolled in a cna class. I have applied online at the Genesis group but have never gotten a response and i have recently tried to apply online with camden clark hospital but the website took me to their job openings only . i am very much so determined to get in the cna program . i have worked in a rest home for a while as a beautician , but i want more out of a career than just minimum wage, and i want desperately to do what i love most which is working with the elderly ! Any response would greatly be appreciated ! Thank you ! Sheila Satow

  2. Rebecca Cobb May 5, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    I worked as certified nurse aid in Oklahoma for about twenty -seven years and when it was time to renew my license the state would not allow me to renew them due to back taxes that my husband owed. So, I payed the taxes now I just owe interest, but I now live in Salem, Wv and now they are expired so I have to go thru training again. I have worked home-health and long term care throughout my years. If anyone can give me guidance on where to get training and testing done this summer would be much appreciated.

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