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 http://goo.gl/NToQH (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 WV
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