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:
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: http://www.parkmanor-cypressstation.com/contact.php
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.
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
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: http://www.dars.state.tx.us/drs/vr.shtml (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:
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: http://cnatraininghelp.com/free-cna-training-through-the-workforce-investment-act/) 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