If you are looking for a career in the healthcare industry where you can provide basic care services for you patients, you should consider training as a certified nursing assistant. CNAs help patients with a variety of activities of daily living such as: bathing, dressing, eating and walking. Nursing assistants monitor patient vital signs and report any noticeable changes in a patient’s condition to the appropriate healthcare staff members. We have listed a few exceptional free training opportunities below:
The Kentucky Works Program provides services for individuals who are receiving assistance benefits. You can often access training opportunities through this program. It is not uncommon to be able to receive assistance paying for CNA training. In fact, you might be able to receive enough help to cover the cost of your training in its entirety. Free training will help you start on the path to a better career.
You should contact local nursing care facilities in your community if you are interested in training to become a nursing assistant. Nursing homes and long-term care communities, often have the highest demand for CNAs. It can be difficult for these facilities to keep up with the demand for trained nursing assistants. Therefore, these facilities often offer training for individuals who will come to work for them as a CNA about certification.
Contact the financial aid department for colleges and other continuing education providers who offer nursing assistant training. It is often possible to receive grants or scholarships for these programs. A financial aid officer can help you determine if a financial package is available to you that will cover the entire cost for training to become a nursing assistant in Kentucky.
Direct Free Training Options
The Medical Center Scottsville
They are a facility that operate under the Commonwealth Health Corporation. The CHC has a CNA training program which is available at no cost if you qualify for the NA trainee position listed at the above nursing facility. The classes start in August 2012 so now is a great time to apply and see if you qualify. They will take place at Canterbury Place in Lawrenceville. The contact details for the education department listed on their website is 825 E. 4th Ave. Bowling Green, KY 42101 Phone:(270) 796-2566
The requisition number for this trainee job is 142434 (you might have to mention that to them when you call/visit their facility)
KY Health Training (Low Cost Training)
This training center provides training at one of the lowest costs in Kentucky. For just $595 you can get all classroom + clinical training as well as the regulatory background check. They also have an online training option that is slightly more expensive at $700. Their details are as follows:
343 Waller Av. Suite 204
Lexington KY 40504
Spalding University (Low Cost Training)
Another center with low cost fees. Half of the course is done online so you can do it from the comfort of your home without having to attend the classes. The clinicals are 45 hours. The cost is $514 and includes textbooks and DVD’s. Their details are as follows:
845 South Third St.
Louisville, Kentucky 40203
Phone: (502) 585-9911
Nursing Related Scholarships/Grants in Kentucky
Kentucky Board of Nursing – Nursing Incentive Scholarship Fund
The Nursing Incentive Scholarship Fund provides scholarships of $3000 per year to students attending an approved nursing program (practical nurse or RN). The award can be used for tuition, fees and cost of living expenses. In order to qualify for the scholarship, the applicant must:
- Be a resident of Kentucky
- Be admitted into a nursing program
- Be willing to work full-time in Kentucky as a nurse upon graduation. The obligation is one year for every academic year funded.
Bluegrass Community and Technical College – Kim Knight Endowed Scholarship
The Kim Knight Endowed Scholarship is offered to students enrolled in the nursing program at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. In order to qualify, the applicant must:
- Be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.7
- Demonstrate financial need
The amount awarded is $1500 and may be used for tuition, fees and books. Scholarships are awarded on a first come basis, so make sure and submit completed application along with all requested documents by the priority date of March 1st.
Ashland Community and Technical College – Troy B. & Sophia Wheeler Memorial Trust Endowment Fund
The Troy B. & Sophia Wheeler Memorial Trust Endowment Fund is awarded to students enrolled in health science programs (i.e. LPN, RN, Pharmacy Technology) at Ashland Community and Technical College. Applicants must be from Northeastern Kentucky and complete an FAFSA form in order to qualify for the scholarship. Remember to submit a completed application and all required documents by the priority deadline date.
Places That May Help
Bowling Green Career Center
Address: 803 Chestnut St. Bowling Green, KY 42102
For those who have graduated from or who are still attending Bowling Green State University, career resources, such as information on available internships and employment counseling, are provided by the Bowling Green Career Center. This office was established to ensure that students who matriculate at BGSU can be supported in their efforts to transition from educational training to real world work opportunities. Occupational research, that equips a participant with accurate knowledge of their expected duties in their new field of employment, the outlook of their future career in that field and what salaries should be expected, is offered to all alumni and current students. Other services such as help with job placement are also provided.
Central Kentucky Career Center
Address: 1000 W. Main St., Suite 5 Georgetown, KY 40324
Central Kentucky Career Center is an organization committed to helping build a better workforce, where workers of all levels of skill can be put to use by employers in rewarding and stable jobs. By helping citizens of the state of Kentucky to gain additional education and/or vocational training(Like Nursing Assistant Classes), this organization directly affects the lives of its participants by offering them a pathway toward careers that can allow for them to lead a self-sufficient and fulfilled life. Central Kentucky Career Center offers multiple types of training programs for participants, depending on their future employment goals. Occupational Skills Training is available for those who would like to earn a degree, diploma or certification. This training can last up to two years. Short-term Training is also available and last for six months or less.
Nursing homes that might be offering free CNA Training in Kentucky
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.
Beaver Dam Health Care Manor – 1595 Hwy 231 S. Beaver Dam, Kentucky 42320
Bedford Health Care Center – 50 Shepherd Lane Bedford, Kentucky 40006
Belle Meade Nursing Fa – 521 Green Dr. P.O. Box 565 Greenville, Kentucky 42345
Berea Health Care Center – P. O. Box 40 Berea, Kentucky 40403
Beverly Health & Rehab Frankfort – 117 Old Soldiers Lane Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Bon Harbor Nsg & Rehab Center – 2420 W. 3rd St. Owensboro, Kentucky 42301
Bourbon Heights Nursing Home – 2000 South Main Street Paris, Kentucky 40361
Boyd Nursing & Rehab Center – 12800 Princeland Drive Ashland, Kentucky 41102
Georgetown Health Care Center – 102 Pocahontas Trail Georgetown, Kentucky 40324
Georgetown Manor – 900 Gagel Ave. Louisville, Kentucky 40216
Glenview Health Care Facility – 1002 Glenview Dr. Glasgow, Kentucky 42141
Life Care Center Of Lacenter – 252 W. 5th St. La Center, Kentucky 42056
Life Care Center Of Morehead – Morehead, Kentucky 40351
Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary – 515 Nerinx Rd. Nerinx, Kentucky 40049
Lourdes Hospital – 1530 Lone Oak Road Paducah, Kentucky 42003