Free CNA Training in Texas

You can earn a good salary working as a certified nursing assistant in Texas.  The average salary is around $33,000.  You can earn your certification by completing a program that is approved by the state as well as the state competency exam.  There are even some potential opportunities to help you train for free:

1) Free CNA training can sometimes be accessed through The Workforce and Continuing Education Department.  The Texas division of this department might offer training to you if you have a low income and are between the age of 17 and 21.  You should contact the local department in your area to determine if you might qualify and for details about how to apply.


2) You can sometimes receive  training as the result of a full scholarship for training.  These scholarships are often sponsored by organizations and businesses in your local area.  You should discuss with each CNA training school of interest the possibility of applying for a scholarship.   They should be able to provide you with the information you need to locate scholarships.

3) A nursing care facility or other types of healthcare providers might hire you to work as a CNA before you receive certification.  These facilities often like to hire prospective CNAs and provide as well as pay for their training.  You will not be able to receive training and then start a career as a CNA somewhere else.  Instead, you will work for the employer who provided training for a previously agreed about amount of time. (explained in detail at: Training From Nursing Care Facilities)

Direct Free CNA Training Opportunities:cnanotes1

Senior Care Centers – Nashville and Whitesboro
The free program runs for around 75 hours with 50 of them done in the classroom. This seems like a legit opportunity. They have a number of locations throughout Texas. While the training is currently offered only in two states be sure to check with them if you’re living in another city. They can be contacted on 877-693-6976 for further info.

Park Manor Nursing Home
Another place that was offering no cost CNA classes in Texas was Park Manor Nursing Home. We are not sure if the program is still running but its worth a shot. You can contact them at:

Home Instead Senior Care
Beaumont, Mid-County, Orange, TX
Become a Caregiver. While this is not a CNA training position, you could start your career doing pretty much the same stuff a CNA would while getting trained in your skills. Home Instead Senior Care provides an excellent opportunity for those who are looking to work in a world class nursing home. You’ll need a valid drivers license and be prepared to undergo a criminal background check. Call 4098927494 and ask for the caregiver position. 

Homecare Allies
10440 North Central Expressway, Suite 800 Dallas, Texas 75231
Another opportunity similar to the above to become a caregiver. Again no CNA training required and can be a good entry level position to hone your experience and eventually become a CNA. More info by calling 214-856-0422

Homewatch Caregivers
7100 E. Belleview Ave., Suite 101 Greenwood Village, CO 80111 (they have locations in Texas)
They offer opportunities to out of school individuals who don’t necessarily have CNA certifications. They promise career advancement so you’re likely to get some sort of training on the job. Looks like an amazing opportunity. More info by calling 800-777-9770 Make sure you ask about the caregiver positions.

if you’re disabled and may be able to work as a nurse aide, you can receive free training by applying here:  (They usually help retrain individuals in jobs that allow them to earn a steady income and become self sufficient. The training costs are usually taken care of via Government subsidies and grants. It is worth applying to if you qualify as it may also open options in careers that may be more better than nursing)

Girling Community Care
4849 Greenville Ave., Suite 200 Dallas,Texas 75206
They have trainee positions open for Personal Care Attendants. This isn’t a CNA class but its close to it. You’re going to do the same functions without requiring the CNA qualification. This is available in Llano, Marble Falls, Georgetown, Austin, Giddings, Lexington, Leander, and Liberty Hill. Call 1-800-Girling and ask for the human resources dept.

Windcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation
210 W Windcrest St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, United States. Phone: +1 830-997-7422
This is a training program and not necessarily a trainee position like the above listings. You will be trained at no cost. The hours can vary from as early as 5:00 AM to as late as 6:00 PM. The facility is very close to a hospital and caters to a maximum of 120 residents. They have a gym and sun room as well! (how cool is that?) If you’re interested, call the number above and ask for the HR dept.

Rockwall Nursing Care Center
206 Storrs St, Rockwall, TX 75087, United States, +1 972-771-5000
This home is also under the Senior Care Center group. They offer CNA training at most of their centers as you’ll see above. This facility is a special unit for Alzheimers and Dementia Care. The work will no doubt be challenging if you’re hired as a trainee.

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Scholarships Available In Texas For Vocational Nursing:cnanotes2

Austin Community College (ACC) – Kinnser Software Scholars Program
5930 Middle Fiskville Rd.Austin, Texas 78752-4390 512.223.4ACC(4222)
The Kinnser Software Scholars Program is a scholarship for students pursuing a licensed vocational nursing (LVN) certificate at ACC. The scholarship is $2500 and can be used for tuition, books, fees and nursing program expenses.

Angelina College – Bonehill Foundation Nursing Scholarship
3500 South First Street, Lufkin, TX 75904, United States. Phone:(936) 639-1301
The Bonehill Foundation Nursing Scholarship is available to full-time students enrolled in the licensed vocational nursing program at Angelina college.

Low Cost Training

Smithwood Medical Institute
7100 Regency Square Blvd-Ste 210-Houston, TX 77036 

Smithwood Medical Institute offers a CNA training program that receives excellent feedback from current and former students. There are both day and evening classes available for students from all different circumstances. The class is taught in such a way that it does not matter if someone is recently out of high school or if they have not been to school in many years.  The students will still be able to pick up on the materials being taught.  And if they need a little extra help, they can obtain it easily from the caring and experienced trainers. The program includes the clinical experience as well as lecture and other related instruction.

Students also are able to take part in mock interviews and can receive help preparing their resume. Job placement assistance is also taken very seriously at Smithwood Medical Institute.  This is a privately owned school with two women as the founders.  Students say the founders are actively involved with students and want every man and women who comes through their doors for training to graduate the program and to receive excellent job offers.  Many former students have said that this was a superb school that taught the materials in a way that everyone could understand and in such a way that it was not difficult to transfer this training to successful work as a nursing assistant from the moment they graduate and obtain certification.

Students commented that the class sizes were often small.   Sometimes there were not even a dozen students in a class.  More than one person commented about how much this helped them to get even more out of the learning and training experience.  They said teachers were able to help each individual student even more when they had questions or were struggling since there were not too many students in any given class.  Students received a personalized instruction as needed from teachers who were patient with all students. This school is known for teaching students a high level of professionalism and even to teach them to dress for success. One student was so pleased with her experience, that she has decided she will return to school to study Phlebotomy at some point in the very near future. Tuition is able to be paid by setting up payment plans for those individuals who cannot pay up front and who are not able to access any type of financial assistance opportunity.

CTK Healthcare and Career (Irving, TX)
Located on 3455 N. Beltline Road Suite 206, Irving , TX 75062
They offer training for less than $650. Depending on your situation you may qualify for free training as part of the DARS Program(explained above) or via the Workforce Training act (explained here:  Remember that you will need to contact the relevant Government agency in your town before you contact the training center. You may contact the center on 214-441-3556 for more info on their training program.

Institutions That Can Be of Assistance in Texas:

Austin Community College
1555 Cypress Creek Road,Cedar Park, Texas 78613

Northwest Education Center
2910 Antoine Dr, Houston, TX 77092 

Nursing homes in Texas that might offer CNA training for free

Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide Free training directly. Find one that is near you and see if they have a CNA vacancy. It is common for facilities to hire you as a trainee and provide you with on the job training if you show enthusiasm in becoming a caregiver.

Alameda Oaks Nursing Center – 1101 S Alameda   Corpus Christi, Texas 78404

Alamo Heights Health And Rehab – 8223 Broadway   San Antonio, Texas 78209

Alice Regional Hospital Snu – 2500 E Main St   Alice, Texas 78332

All Seasons Care Center – 6150 S Loop East   Houston, Texas 77087

Allenbrook Healthcare Center – 4109 Allenbrook Dr   Baytown, Texas 77521

Almeda Health Care Center – 5925 Almeda Rd   Houston, Texas 77004

Carrizo Springs Nursing And Rehabilita – Eighth And Clark St   Carrizo Springs, Texas 78834

Carthage Healthcare Center – 701 S Market St   Carthage, Texas 75633

Cartmell Home For Aged And Orphans – 2212 Reagan St   Palestine, Texas 75801

Cartwheel Lodge Of Gonzales – 1800 Cartwheel Dr   Gonzales, Texas 78629

Cartwheel Lodge Of Luling – 1105 N Magnolia   Luling, Texas 78648

Castle Manor – 1922 Castle Dr   Garland, Texas 75040

Castle Pines Health And Rehabilitation – 2414 W Frank Ave   Lufkin, Texas 75904

Cedar Falls Care Center – 1908 Sixth St   Wichita Falls, Texas 76301

Heart Of Texas Mason – 110 E College St   Mason, Texas 76856

Hearthstone Of Round Rock – 401 Oakwood Blvd   Round Rock, Texas 78681

Heartland Health Care Center – 11406 Rustic Rock Drive   Austin, Texas 78750

Heartland Health Care Center At Willowbrook – 13631 Ardfield Dr   Houston, Texas 77070

Port Lavaca Nsg & Rehab Center – 524 Village Rd   Port Lavaca, Texas 77979

Prairie Acres – 201 E 15th   Friona, Texas 79035

Prairie House Living Center – 1301 Mesa Dr   Plainview, Texas 79072

Providence Memorial Hospital – 2001 N Oregon St   El Paso, Texas 79902

Windsor Place – 2537 West Pleasant Run   Lancaster, Texas 75146

Windsor Place – 507 E Watson Blvd   Daingerfield, Texas 75638

Winnie L. Nursing Facility – 2104 N Karnes   Cameron, Texas 76520

Wintherhaven Nursing Home – 6534 Stuebner Airline Rd   Houston, Texas 77091

Wood Memorial Nursing Home – 320 Greenville Highway   Mineola, Texas 75773

Woodhaven Nursing And Rehab – 1200 N Jackson St   Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482


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

11 Responses to Free CNA Training in Texas

  1. Betty Vest September 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    can a person get a CNA if they have a felony drug conviction in their past?

  2. Maria Hernandez October 21, 2011 at 3:46 am #

    I am very interested in attending classes to further my career. can you please send me some information.

  3. bridgette dukes March 30, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    my name is bridgette dukes, at the present time I live in louisiana. I have been in the health field over 25 years looking to move to houston tx as soon as I get a job offer. I am not certified as a cna but I want to get certified. So when ever you have a opening at the nursing home at one of the nursing homes in tx and I can take the cna class please e-mail me and let me no. I am still employed but if I get a job offer I will give them my 2 weeks notice.

  4. antionette April 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    I was looking into signing up for cna classes. I’m a single parent it’s been my dream im in longview texas I have no home of my own no vehicle I’m independent just need help and stay in longview tx I’ve been with snap an medicaid for 2yrs

  5. Sandra Bates January 16, 2013 at 4:47 am #

    I am a 47 year old female wanting to get my CNA certificate and then apply for the LVN program. When I was in highschool I worked as a CNA in our hometown in the ER. When I married I moved many miles from town to our Ranch. Being on the ranch away from town makes it hard to drive to the big cities because gas is so high at this time.

    I don’t have a job at this time. I took the sample test online and made a 100 in 40 minutes. If there is an accredited school I could take this online yet would like suggestions on what schools to trust. So many have claimed they did not receive their certificate after paying for the class and making the grade. I’ve always had a strong passion for the medical field yet put my children first. They are now grown and on their own. I have nothing but time on my hands.
    Hope to hear from someone.

    Thank you,
    Mrs. Bates

  6. Fara Garcia February 6, 2013 at 2:54 am #

    I really want my cna certificate. I’ve worked for assured living for 7 yrs. Please help me God bless

  7. Marla Liggett February 11, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    I had my CNA certificate in 1998 and am interested in a refresher course to get recertified in my area Sherman Texas 75090, How would I go about getting recertified?

  8. jessica April 29, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    i am extremely interested in getting my cna and have heard from many people that you can get certified through nursing homes, i am very interested in further info on which nursing homes in my area may offer cna classes.. thank you

  9. Leese July 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    I really would like to start my CNA . I love helping others I enjoy it. If someone would send me some information regarding where are offing can classes maybe in hospitals or nursing home that’ll train you in order to work for them for a certain amount of time . I would really appreciated it.

  10. Kanisha June 2, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

    I want to know if the state of Texas allows you to just challenge the CNA state exam without retaking the course. My certification has expired in Texas but I have been working as a CNA in Missouri for the past two years or so

    • melandy May 4, 2016 at 3:13 am #

      If it has expired, you must re train as in take the course again. I asked because I was in the same boat. They won’t let you just take the exam and you’re a cna again, I wish they did.

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