Although there are more than 9,000 CNAs in Hawaii there are not many training programs. You can receive certified nursing assistant training in a handful of community colleges and medical (such as nursing) care facilities in the state. You will need to attend a program that has been approved by the Department of Health in order to be eligible to sit for a certification exam. It is not as easy to find free cna training but not impossible. To get free training read the options available below:
If you are living in Hawaii and are receiving welfare benefits or are currently unemployed, you might be eligible for assistance covering your tuition. It is often possible to receive help to train for a new career if you are struggling to earn an income or at any rate a good income. You should contact employment and welfare agencies for potential assistance to receive free cna training.
There is something else to consider if you are currently working in a healthcare facility but not as a healthcare provider. You should contact your current employer if you are interested in working for them as a certified nursing assistant. If they know that you want to train to become a certified nursing assistant, it is possible that your employer will pay for your tuition to train. This is especially true if they know you are a hard-working and compassionate individual.
You should talk to administrators at any program of Interest for CNA training in Hawaii. You might very well learn about grants or potential scholarships to cover the cost of your tuition.
Direct Free Training Opportunities
Free Caregiver Training – Good Samaritan Society
45-090 Namoku St, Kaneohe, HI 96744, Phone:+1 808-247-3448
They have open positions available for Caregivers and one of the qualifying requirements is that you agree to be trained in their in house training program for caregivers. We like to call caregivers as 80% CNA’s since they do most of the work nursing aides do except a little of the medical stuff such as checking blood pressure. The Good Samaritan Society is a fantastic place to work. They have an amazing view of the pacific and the nursing home is built on the Kootau Mountain range.
Low Cost Training Opportunities
Caregiver Training School
1320 Kalani Street Suite 288, Honolulu, HI 96817 Phone: (808)848-9988
We researched a lot of CNA schools in Hawaii before we found this one. Most of the community colleges in the area charge $1000 or more for CNA classes. Many times the classes are excessively longer in duration to what is necessary. One can argue that they are quite thorough, but in our experience how many hours of training you endure, the real practical training only comes once you’re working as a CNA. This school has a 100 hour course for which the tuition is just $700. They also have an advance CNA training course which is slightly more expensive. If you’re finding it difficult to get a job after completing training, the advanced course might help you land a job quicker.
Nursing Related Scholarships in Hawaii
Kaua’i Community College – Kaukini Foundation Scholarship
This is an interesting scholarship that’s available only to students of Kaua’i Community College. You can either use the funds to pay for your LPN training or for RN training. CNA is not one of the options available at present. The only other requirement is that you MUST work in Hawaii for a year after you graduate. This is probably done to reduce the shortage of qualified nurses in Hawaii.
Kapi’olani Community College – PEO Chapter C Scholarship Fund Practical Nursing
This scholarship is for students pursuing a PN course at Kapi’olani Community College. Unlike the above scholarship, this one doesn’t force you to work in Hawaii or in a state hospital in hawaii once you graduate. Again, this is just practical nursing and not CNA.
Places That May Help
Hawaii Job Corps Center
Address: 41-467 Hihimanu Street Waimanalo, HI 96795
For eligible residents of Hawaii within the age range of 16 year to 24 years old, Hawaii Job Corps Center provides no cost vocational and educational opportunities including CNA training. Supported by funding from the U. S. Department of Labor, this program offers educational services, job placement services and vocational programs for a number of different employment sectors. Paid vocational training is available in Automotive Repair, Business Technology, Culinary Arts, Facilities Maintenance, Health Occupations, Certified Nursing Assistant, Horticulture Worker and Painting. Many of these vocational programs will offer students a chance to learn green technologies that are positively impacting their desired field of employment. Depending on your situation you might also get free housing along with the training.
Nursing homes in Hawaii that could be offering CNA training for free
Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly. It is however common for nursing homes to employ you and then pay for your training at another facility.
Castle Medical Center – 640 Ulukahiki St. Kailua, Hawaii 96734
Phone: (808) 263-5500
Convalescent Center Of Honolulu – 1900 Bachelor Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Phone: (808) 531-5302
Crawford’s Convalescent Home – 58-130 Kamehameha Hwy Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712
Phone: (808) 638-8514
Hale Anuenue Restorative Care – 1333 Waianuenue Ave Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: (808) 961-6644
Hale Ho’ola Hamakua – 45-547 Plumeria St Honokaa, Hawaii 96727
Phone: (808) 775-7211
Hale Kupuna Heritage Home – 4297-C Omao Rd Lawai, Hawaii 96765
Phone: (808) 742-7591
Hale Makua – Wailuku – 1540 East Main St Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
Phone: (808) 243-1722
Kahuku Hospital – 56117 Pualalea Street Kahuku, Hawaii 96731
Phone: (808) 293-9221
Kau Hospital – P.O. Box 40 Pahala, Hawaii 96777
Phone: (808) 928 8331
Kauai Care Center – 9611 Waena Rd Waimea, Hawaii 96796
Phone: (808) 338-1681
Kauai Veterans Memorial Hosp – 4643 Waimea Canyon Rd Waimea, Hawaii 96796
Phone: (808) 338-9431
Kohala Hospital – 54-383 Hospital Road Kapaau, Hawaii 96755
Phone: (808) 889-6211
Oahu Care Facility – 1808 So. Beretania St. Honolulu, Hawaii 96826
Phone: (808) 973-1900
Pearl City Nursing Home – 919 Lehua Ave Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
Phone: (808) 453-1929
Queen’s Medical Ctr – 1301 Punchbowl St Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 538-9011
Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital – 4800 Kawaihau Rd Kapaa, Hawaii 96746
Phone: (808) 822-4961
St. Francis Medical Center – 2230 Liliha Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Phone: (808) 547-6011
Wahiawa General Hospital – 128 Lehua St Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
Phone: (808) 621-8411
Weinberg Care Center – 45-090 Namoku St Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744
Phone: (808) 247-1670
Wilcox Memorial Hospital – 3420 Kuhio Highway Lihue, Hawaii 96766
Phone: (808) 245-1100
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