Free CNA Training in Michigan

You might be looking for free cna training if you want to start a new career as a certified nursing assistant but do not have the extra money to pay for training.  Most states offer a few different options to help individuals who want to start a new career but cannot afford training.  The state of Michigan is no exception. You’ll find many free training opportunities below:

1) It is possible to receive free CNA training through the Red Cross training course in Michigan.  The Red Cross training program is part of the No Worker Left Behind Act in Michigan.  Individuals who are earning less than $40,000 can qualify for training.  Training is offered in the Detroit Michigan Branch of the American Red Cross.


2) There are community colleges and technical schools that offer certified nursing assistant training in Michigan.  You should contact local colleges in your area to determine if any have cna programs.  If they do, you will want to contact the financial aid office to determine if you can qualify for any grants or other financial assistance for the training program.  If you receive enough financial aid to cover tuition and all other related costs, you will be receiving free cna training.

3) Some nursing assistant training programs offer scholarships to students.  Qualified nursing assistants are in a very high demand and therefore, training schools are constantly looking for motivated individuals to train as CNAs.  In order to make it easier for people to receive training as certified nursing assistants, many programs offer scholarships.  If you qualify for a scholarship that covers all costs associated with your training and certification, you will have found free cna training.

Direct Free Training Opportunities

24424 W. McNichols Rd.Detroit, MI 48219
This is a program run by the Development Centers initiative in Michigan in collaboration with a lot of other workforce offices in the state including Michigan Works! Last year they helped 3000 people get trained for alternative employment including nursing assistant training. They have many locations in Michigan and also help with job search, resume writing and other similar skills. To enroll, you need to go to your local Michigan Works office. They will then make the appropriate communication to PATH.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids
They run a nursing assistant program in collaboration with Porter Hills Village. This program has helped many people find suitable employment as CNA’s after completing this excellent training program. They also offer job placement as well as 180 days job retention services. The tuition cost is $1800 but financial assistance is available in certain cases. Check them out and ask them if you qualify for assistance: call Wendy Veldheer at 616-588-2209

Greater Horizon training Institute Scholarship
615 Griswold Street, Suite 1520, Detroit, Michigan 48226
They have an excellent CNA program that offers both day and evening classes. if you’re doing day classes you can get done in just 13 days while the evening classes will take 19 days to finish. Students paying out of pocket may be eligible for a scholarship depending on the terms and conditions of the institute. You can contact them on the following numbers for more info:
+1 (313) 871-2600

Low Cost Training Programs

Hazy Institute
21700 Greenfield Rd #264 Detroit Michigan
They have a 75 hour program that includes both classroom and practical learning. Their cost is very modest at just $500 when compared to other programs in Michigan that cost upwards of $1500. They also have payment plans available. Call them on 248-850-7110 for more info.

Greater Horizon Training Institute
7310 Woodward Ave-Ste 603-Detroit, MI 48202
Greater Horizon Training Institute offers a CNA training program that will make graduates eligible to sit for the state certification.  The school does provide test preparation help for their students so that they have a good idea of what to expect on the exam and so they have a good opportunity to pass the exam the first time. Some graduates commented that their high school career advisors strongly recommended this school for students who wanted to train for a healthcare field without the need to spend a great deal of time or money doing so. At Greater Horizon Training Institute, they recognize that sometimes students need to get to work rather quickly.  They may not be able to spend too many months or even week training for a career that will offer gainful employment.  As such, their CNA training program can be completed in as little as two weeks.  There is one week that will be spent doing clinical where they will actually work at a healthcare facility.

The Greater Horizon Training Institute has some good instructors.  In fact, one of the main classroom instructors worked herself for an extended time as a certified nursing assistant.  She later went on to become a licensed practical nurse. She is able to teach students based on years of experience and all the knowledge she has obtained working in the nursing fields. The clinical instructors are also very excellent and are able to help students to learn how to provide safe and efficient direct patient care.  Students learn how to interact well with patients and to show them the kindness they need if they are ill, injured or facing extended time in a healthcare or long-term care facility.

Some hands on type experience will be obtained at the training center in addition to their clinical experience.  Students will practice various CNA tasks and use various equipment that is used regularly by nursing assistants. Of course, a good part of the course is also spent in classroom instructions.  Patients need to learn the fundamentals of entry level nursing care before they can begin carrying out the duties and the tests in a direct care setting. Instructors are there to help their students prepare for their new career from start to finish.  The school even offers some resume preparation assistance and can even help with job placement in some cases.

Nursing Scholarships in Michigancnanotes2

PortageHospital Auxiliary Scholarship
The Portage Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship is awarded to local college students each year who are pursuing a career in the health care field. The awarded amount is $1000 and is paid directly to the student’s school. In order to qualify the applicant must:

  • Be a resident of Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon or Baraga county
  • Be pursuing a career in healthcare
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and provide transcripts of grades

Make sure and complete the entire scholarship application ad submit all requested documents prior to the deadline.

 Michigan Nurses Foundation Scholarship Program
The Michigan Nurses Foundation Scholarship program was established in 2000 in order to advance nursing and nursing education. In order to qualify for the scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be enrolled in a LPN program that grants a certificate upon completion
  • Be in good academic standing

A minimum of four scholarships of $1000 will be awarded; however, the amount may change on a yearly basis. Remember to complete the entire application and submit all requested documents by the specified deadline. Applications that are incomplete will not be reviewed.

Mid Michigan Health – The Bernard F. and Melissa Anne Bailey Family Fund Healthcare Scholarship
The Bernard F. and Melissa Anne Bailey Family Fund Healthcare Scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a career in the health care filed. In order to qualify for the scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be  resident or have family that live in Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, Montcalm, Ogemaw, Roscommon or Saginaw county.
  • Be pursuing a career in healthcare (Nursing)

Students are able to download an application starting November 1st each year. Applications must be received by March 1st in order to be considered for the scholarship.

Institutions That Can Be Of Assistant

Telamon Corporation – Lansing
Address:  6350 West Michigan Avenue Lansing, MI  48917
Phone: 517-323-7002
Located in more than twelve states, including Michigan, the Telamon Corporation is a nonprofit corporation that is committed to providing the best quality human services available to the communities it impacts.  This organization provides free employment training for both agriculture workers, as well as disadvantaged citizens.  Their National Farmworker Jobs Program is aimed at providing farm workers with education and assistance that will help them qualify for better employment opportunities.   Services that are also provided by this program include assistance with finding a job, classroom training, emergency services, emergency housing assistance, on the job training, pesticide safety training and more.

Flint-Genesee Job Corps Center
Address:  2400 North Saginaw Street Flint, MI 48505
Phone: 810-232-9102
Flint-Genesee Job Corps Center is committed to offering no cost employment training to youth, ages 16 to 24 years old, who qualify for their vocational training programs.  The goal of the training provided is to enable participants to find steady, full-time employment in a variety of growing sectors of work.  Educational opportunities for those participants who are interested are also made available. 

Quick Recap of 7 Ways To Get Trained in Michigan

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Nursing homes that might offer free CNA Training classes in Michigan

Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly. This is simply a list of the most popular nursing homes in Michigan. Always make sure you check if they have a CNA vacancy before you give them a call. 

Arnold Home – 18520 W Seven Mile Rd   Detroit, Michigan 48219

Ashley Care Center – Po Box 127   Ashley, Michigan 48806

Ausable Valley Community – “1390 Maple Drive, Box 9”   Fairview, Michigan 48621

Autumn Woods Residential Hlth – 29800 Hoover Rd   Warren, Michigan 48093

Autumnwood Of Deckerville – 3387 Ella St   Deckerville, Michigan 48427

Beverly Hills Nursing Center – 3030 Greenfield Ave   Royal Oak, Michigan 48073

Birchwood Nursing Center – 2950 Lafranier Rd   Traverse City, Michigan 49684

Bishop Noa Home For Senior Cit – 2900 Third Avenue South   Escanaba, Michigan 49829

Bloomfield Hills Nsg Center – 50 West Square Lake Road   Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48302

Lake Orion Nursing Center – 585 E Flint St Po Box 129   Lake Orion, Michigan 48361

Lakeland Center (The) – 26900 Franklin Road   Southfield, Michigan 48034

Lakeland Continuing Care Ctr-S – 3425 Lake Shore Dr   Saint Joseph, Michigan 49085

Lakeland Specialty Hospital – 6418 Deans Hill Rd   Berrien Center, Michigan 49102

Lakepointe Villa – 37700 Harper Ave   Clinton Township, Michigan 48036

Northfield Place – 8633 N Main St   Whitmore Lake, Michigan 48189

Other state listings:

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
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West Virginia

20 Responses to Free CNA Training in Michigan

  1. Joy Wosu August 16, 2010 at 2:07 am #

    I was looking for a consolidated list of agencies that provide CNA program in Detroit, MI.. You provided it to me. Now I can call for a possible one that will suit my schedule for the CNA certificate. I called one but their tuition is a little too much for me. I can shop around. Thank you.Joy

    • Admin August 31, 2010 at 11:02 pm #

      cheers Joy I hope you become a CNA soon

  2. Allison MacKay October 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    This is cool!
    I was certified at East Jordan, Michigan’s Grandvue Medical Care Facility (Charlevoix county nursing home) in 1992 but have let the cert lapse. Grandvue provided CNA training for free-even paid a small stipend or whatever they called it at the time. Now they charge close to $400 for CENA training. Yikes!
    I currently work privately in home care (and own a home based bakery 0=;) ) I also have a BA in Human Services-1980.
    Anyway, I’m curious about re-certifying. Unfortunately the closest site on your list that offers “free” training is at Birchwood (Tendercare) in Traverse City-about 50 mile south of me, and with winter coming on I’d rather stay a little closer to home. There are other Tendercare facilities closer to me -Gaylord for example.
    Do you know of anyway to re-cert without attending a lot of classes or traveling? I’m also not clear on what the difference is between CNAs and CENAs. Equivalency?
    Thanks for any help or suggestions you might offer-Allison

    • Andrea C. April 26, 2011 at 12:05 am #


      It is REALLY hard to find a place that is free. HOWEVER, check with your employer! A lot of places pay for your CNA class once you work for them or if you currently work for them. I know that NMH and Boulder Park Reimburse some cost. There is no difference between a CNA and a CENA. It’s just a different way of writing it.
      However, my husband who is a CNA has noticed that wages are dropping drastically in the CNA field. There was such a push for them, like nurses, that now most states have an over abundance of CNA’s which means places can start lowering their wages for them. My husband is paid over a dollar less where he is now compared to his last job. ( We moved.) In the Northern Michigan region I would expect to see them drop to bellow $10 an hour within the next year or two…

      Get your training done and get into a good place now! Grandvue, Boulder Park, the hospital and Bay Bluffs are known to be the best employers around this area.

    • sarah March 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

      I know, it is ridiculous. I live in East Jordan and want to become a CNA and I don’t have $400 to pay for the training. NCMC used to offer it, but they no longer do. I can’t drive to Detroit to get it. I am at a loss right now and it is making me so mad!

  3. Anita Reed December 17, 2010 at 5:23 am #

    No Comment. Is it possible that I can still get CNA Training for free. It is now 2010, I previous was a CNA in the year 2000, but had to give it up because I was employed at another job and became a CNA because I wanted to work with people who where ill. But after 4 months it became too much and I let it go. I can’t afford to pay for classes. Is No Worker Left Behind still in force.

  4. Melissa April 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    I am looking for a free training program closer to Flint,Micigan as I have small chilren and am unable to pay for a caretaker for my childrn and also be able to afford both

  5. quesha June 13, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    This was soo helpful thank you soo much..

  6. Porsha July 10, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

    Hi I was wondering if anyone knew of an actual place that will pay for the cna training ? I have tried a few places red cross, michigan works, etc and no luck yet. I’m sure there is some place that will help so if anyone know a place that would be very helpful. Thank you

  7. vicky September 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    Hi, iam from clare county. is there anywhere near me that gives free cna class s? thankyou.

  8. brenda October 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    anyone know of someplace around kalamazoo/portage, mi area?

  9. Cheryl October 19, 2011 at 3:23 am #

    Thankyou this is going to be great now i can start feeling like im important to help elder people ……

  10. Norma Bennett MNC March 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    the board in Lansing gives out a list on request,

    • alesia April 24, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

      Please forgive my ignorance but what board in Lansing?

  11. roxane December 27, 2012 at 2:45 am #

    I was a certified nursing assistant for seven years, However, I let my license go since then, that was in 1999, How do I go about renewing and becoming certified again,

  12. Kayleigh Goodrich February 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    I am highly interested in training as a C.N.A. – I have experience caring for the elderly with mental illness and I am former Military. My phone number is available upon request.

  13. Laura Camera July 25, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    I live in Battle Creek Mi, I’m unemployed. I’m
    looking for free can classes in Battle Creek
    Michigan. Can you help?

  14. Leslie Redmon November 5, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    I am a nursing student and have been a CENA for over 20 yrs as well as a Medical Assistant I need a low cost CENA so that I can get back in the long term care facilities and work will completing actual RN program.

  15. Leslie Redmon November 5, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    By the way I live in Grand Rapids Michigan

  16. Colette February 20, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

    I live in Newaygo MI and I am looking for a low cost to free CNA program. I am just starting a new job at a retirement community and they don’t pay for CNA training. With my work schedule, I can’t attend all day classes five days a week.

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