If you are looking for an entry-level healthcare opportunity where you can provide basic care services for patients, you might be considering a job as a CNA. You can become a CNA by completing a state approved training program and passing the CNA certification test. There are even ways to find free cna training. We have compiled a list of options below:
Many healthcare providers are in need of quality and compassionate certified nursing assistants. You can contact local long-term care and continuing care communities to inquire about any available training courses. The same is true of many rehabilitation centers and even some hospitals.
If you served in the military or were a member of the reserves, contact your benefits administrator to determine if you can access tuition assistance for training as a certified nursing assistant. You might be able to receive the financial help necessary to cover the cost of training at a state certified nursing assistant program in Wisconsin. If all of your tuition and fees are covered, your cna training will be free.
It is sometimes possible to find free CNA training classes online. If you find a program that is approved for your state, you can use these classes as the starting point for your nursing assistant career. However, you will need to complete some clinical instruction hours offline. Depending on the structure of the online program, you might need to pay a fee for this portion of your training.
By taking your time to look into multiple nursing assistant training options, you are likely to find free training opportunities.
Direct Free Training Opportunities
Wisconsin Job Corps
There are two Job corps centers in Wisconsin. They are located in Blackwell and Milwaukee. Both offer free of cost nursing assistant training to qualifying students. One advantage of working at the Job corps is that you get a living allowance as well as accommodation. If you’re running out of other options in getting a worthwhile career, you might want to give the Job Corps a go. It was set up to aid workers who have not been able to complete their GED and help them get vocational training to become worthwhile members of the workforce.
If you’ve been unemployed for a while and are too old for the Job Corps, you might want to visit your local Workforce advantage office in Wisconsin to see if you qualify for free retraining. The United States Govt hates it when people are unemployed and has set in place many programs that make vocational training easily accessible and in some cases(if you qualify) even free!. For a list of local workforce offices, check out http://www.servicelocator.org/search/etasearchoffice.asp?zip=&city=&state=WI&proximity=25&programType=0
Nursing Related Scholarships in Wisconsin
State of Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board – Academic Excellence Scholarship
The Academic Excellence Scholarship is awarded to high school seniors with the highest GPA in each public and private high school throughout the state. The amount awarded is $2250 and must be used towards tuition. In order to qualify, the applicant must be enrolled on a full-time basis at a participating University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College or an independent institution in the state.
State of Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board – The State of Wisconsin Nursing Student Loan Program
The State of Wisconsin Nursing Student Loan Program provides educational loans to students enrolled in an LPN or RN program. The loan can range from $250 – $3000 per year. In order to qualify for the loan, the applicant must:
- Be a resident of Wisconsin
- Demonstrate financial need
- Be enrolled at least part-time in a nursing program
- Be enrolled in a participating University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College or an independent institution in the state
- Agree to work full-time as a nurse in Wisconsin upon graduation- for every two years worked 25% of the loan will be forgiven. The maximum forgivable amount is 50% of the amount borrowed
Wisconsin American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship – Past Presidents Parley
The Past Presidents Parley Scholarship is awarded to students pursing a creed in healthcare. Two scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1000. In order to qualify, the applicant must:
- Be a son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, grandchild, wife or widow of a veteran
- Demonstrate financial need
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.5
- Be a resident of Wisconsin
Make sure and complete the entire application and submit all requested documents by the deadline date.
Institutions That May Help
Madison Area Technical Community College
1701 Wright Street, Madison, WI 53704
The community college is one of the schools participating in educational/training benefits through the Workforce Investment Act Programs of Wisconsin. There are generally more than 40,000 students each year who take one or more classes at the college which serves more than a dozen counties.
FoodShare Employment & Training Program
MDPU, PO Box 05676, Milwaukee WI 53205
This program is for individuals and the adults of households of families receiving food stamp benefits. Applications for services can be taken at local income agencies.
Multicultural Community Services
5161 N Hopkins St , Milwaukee, WI 53209
This organization has been offering services to help families facing significant obstacles and income barriers. Services have been available for over forty years now.
Veterans Employment Assistance
Fox Cities, WDC. 1802 Appleton Rd, Menasha, WI 54952
There are programs to help Veterans who wish to get to work in the civil employment market.
UMOS of Wisconsin
3733 Dewey Street, Manitowoc, WI – 54221
They help to administer an assortment of state programs to provide free job training and other training options for those in need. For example, they provide training and other employment assistance through the Wisconsin Works (W2) program. This program helps parents with custodial custody of their children who are lacking in having a good income.
Milwaukee Area Technical College
700 W State St, Milwaukee, WI 53233
The Community College is able to help those who are receiving WIA educational vouchers and job training assistance. They are a state approved WIA provider with various career training options. This school has scheduling to meet a range of student needs and with evening and weekend classes, even works well for students with a family.
Nursing homes in Wisconsin that might offer free CNA Training.
Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly. This is a list of some of the more well run nursing homes in Wisconsin. Find one near you and approach them if they have an active CNA vacancy. It is common for facilities to hire you as a trainee.
Baldwin Care Center Inc – 640 Elm St Baldwin, Wisconsin 54002
Barron Memorial Med Ctr Snf – 1222 E Woodland Ave Barron, Wisconsin 54812
Beaver Dam Care Center – 410 Roedl Ct Beaver Dam, Wisconsin 53916
Becker Shoop Center – 6101 16th Street Racine, Wisconsin 53406
Christian Community Home – 1320 Wisconsin St Hudson, Wisconsin 54016
Christian Home – 331 Bly St Waupun, Wisconsin 53963
Christopher East Health/R – 1132 E Knapp St Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
City View Nursing Home – 3030 City View Drive Madison, Wisconsin 53704
Clairemont Nursing & Rehab – 2120 Heights Dr Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701
Dallas Health Care Center – 104 Dallas St East Box 165 Dallas, Wisconsin 54733
Divine Savior Healthcare Inc – 715 W Pleasant St Portage, Wisconsin 53901
Door County Memorial Hospital – 323 South 18th Avenue Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235
Fair View Home – 1050 Division Street Mauston, Wisconsin 53948
Fairchild Health Care Ctr Inc – 331 North St Po Box 99 Fairchild, Wisconsin 54741
Fairhaven Retirement Community – 435 Starin Road Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190
Fall Creek Valley Care Center – 344 Lincoln Avenue P O Box 398 Fall Creek, Wisconsin 54742
Family Heritage Care Center – 1311 Tyler St Black River Falls, Wisconsin 54615
Family Heritage Medical Rehab – 130 Strawberry Ln Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494
Lafayette Manor – 719 E Catherine Street Box 167 Darlington, Wisconsin 53530
Lakeside Nursing & Rehab – 7490 156th Street Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 54729
Lakeview Health Center – 902 E Garland Street West Salem, Wisconsin 54669
Lakeview Manor – E5406 County Trunk Aa Weyauwega, Wisconsin 54983
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