Before you become a CNA in Nebraska, it will be necessary to complete a state approved training course with classroom, lab and practical instruction. Most nursing assistant programs are offered in long-term care facilities, community colleges and even some high school. There are many ways to get free training, as you’ll find below. Otherwise, most training is still very affordable if you are looking to work as a nursing assistant.
You can search for free training through long-term care facilities in your area. These facilities are usually on the lookout for individuals who would make great CNAs. They are willing to hire individuals to work as CNAs and will pay for the training in order for those people to receive certification. You must realize that you will be locked into working for the facility for an agreed on amount of time if you receive free training.
If you have already received your nursing assistant certification, you should retain all receipts associated with your training. It is often possible to receive reimbursement for your training as long as you are hired within a year of receiving your certification. This is especially true if you are hired to work for a facility that is Medicare or Medicaid certified.
Some high schools offer nursing assistant training for students in the career option. This is something to consider if you are still in high school and interested in a career as a certified nursing assistant. If you are attending a public high school, then you will receive your training for free.
Wherever you attend a CNA training program, you should ask about financial aid and scholarships options. There are steps you can take to try to obtain free cna training in Nebraska. You just might find that you do qualify for the help that you need.
Direct Free Training Options
Job Corps and the Workforce Investment Act in Nebraska
The Pine Ridge Job Corps center in Chadron offers free training in an institutionalized setting. You need to agree to stay there over the course of the training program. Not only is the training taken care of, you also receive a daily allowance. If you’re over the age limit for enrolling in the Job Corps, you can receive free training through the WIA. The Workfoce Investment act was set up to offer free training to unemployed and recently laid off workers so that they quickly find suitable employment. There are workforce offices in all cities of Nebraska. Go to one and see if you qualify for retraining.
South East Community College (Low Cost Training)
The South East Community College in Lincoln, NE offers a nursing assistant program at one of the lowest rates available in Nebraska. Their course costs just $390. This includes fees for text books, background check as well as the overall tuition fee. You will also receive 6.5 credit hours which can later be used to gain exemptions from the beginning parts of various advanced nursing courses.
Nebraska Methodist College (Low Cost Training)
Another super low training option available Omaha. The tuition, texbook and state test fee cost a total of $480 only! The only thing you will need to pay for is the nursing scrubs. Their address is: 720 N. 87th Street, Omaha, NE 68114, Phone: (402) 354-7000
Bryan College of Health Sciences (Low Cost Training)
This one is located in Lincoln. Their tuition cost is $499 which includes pretty much everything except scrubs. Their address is: 5035 Everett St, Lincoln, NE 68506. Phone: (402) 481- 3801
Nursing Related Scholarships in Nebraska
Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Foundation- Shar Hansen Memorial Scholarship
The Shar Hansen Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students in the LPN or RN program at MCC. In order to qualify, the applicant must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Have at least a GPA of 3.0
- Have completed at least 12 credit hours in the LPN or RN program
- Submit a short essay explaining why student wants to become a nurse
Make sure and complete MCC Foundation’s online application by the deadline date.
Nebraska Health Care Foundation – RN/LPN Scholarship for Long-Term Care
The RN/LPN Scholarship for Long-Term Care was established to assist students who wanted to become a nurse and practice in the long-term care profession. Four scholarships in the amount of $750 will be awarded to LPN students. In order to qualify, the applicant must:
- Be enrolled or eligible to enroll in an LPN or RN program
- Currently be employed in a Nebraska Nursing Facility Association or Nebraska Assisted Living Association member facility
- Work in a long-term care setting upon graduation for at least one year
- Submit application and requested documents by deadline date
Northeast Community College – Donna and John Goossen Memorial Scholarship
The Donna and John Goossen Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Freshman and Sophomores in the ADN or LPN program. In order to qualify, the student must:
- Demonstrate financial need
- Be enrolled full-time in a ADN or LPN program
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Complete and submit FAFSA form
- Complete online scholarship application by deadline date
Nursing facilities in Nebraska that might offer free CNA training
Note: This is a list of well run nursing homes in Nebraska. They don’t directly offer free training. It is however common for nursing homes to offer on the job training if they hire you as caregivers or nursing assistant trainees.
Alegent Health Mem Hosp Ltc – 104 West 17th Street Schuyler, Nebraska 68661
Alliance Good Samaritan Villag – “P O Box 970, 1016 East 6th Street” Alliance, Nebraska 69301
Alpine Village Retirement Cent – 706 James Street Verdigre, Nebraska 68783
Anna Sundermann Homes – 446 & 624 Pinewood Avenue Seward, Nebraska 68434
Arbor Manor – 2550 North Nye Avenue Fremont, Nebraska 68025
Ashland Care Center – 1700 Furnas Street Ashland, Nebraska 68003
Atkinson Good Samaritan Center – 409 Neely Street Atkinson, Nebraska 68713
Community Pride Care Center – 901 South 4th Street Battle Creek, Nebraska 68715
Countryside Home – 703 North Main Street Madison, Nebraska 68748
Creighton Area Health Services – “P O Box 186, 1503 Main Street” Creighton, Nebraska 68729
Crest View Care Center – 420 Gordon Avenue Chadron, Nebraska 69337
Crestview Care Center – 1100 West First Street Milford, Nebraska 68405
Imperial Manor Nursing Home – “P O Box 757, 933 Grant Street” Imperial, Nebraska 69033
Indian Hills Manor – 1720 North Spruce Ogallala, Nebraska 69153
Infinia At Florence Heights – 3110 Scott Circle Omaha, Nebraska 68112
Jefferson Community Health Cen – “P O Box 277, 2200 North H Street” Fairbury, Nebraska 68352
Jennie M Melham Medical Center – “P O Box 250, 145 Memorial Drive” Broken Bow, Nebraska 68822
Sandhills Manor – 224 East South E Street Broken Bow, Nebraska 68822
Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home – “P O Box 646, 407 Dakota Street” Benkelman, Nebraska 69021
Saunders County Health Service – “P O Box 185, 805 West 10th Street” Wahoo, Nebraska 68066
Scribner Good Samaritan Center – 815 Logan Street Scribner, Nebraska 68057
Southview Manor – 318 West 18th Street Cozad, Nebraska 69130
St Francis Memorial Health Cen – 2116 West Faidley Avenue Grand Island, Nebraska 68803