Free CNA training in Virginia

If you are looking for an entry-level healthcare job where you can make up to $30,000 per year in the State of Virginia, you should consider training as a certified nursing assistant.  You will need to locate and attend an accredited CNA training course and then pass the exam for certification.  Most courses cost less than $900.  There are options you can look into for free cna training as well. Read below:

There are some colleges in the state of Virginia that offer nursing assistant programs.  If you attend a program that is comprised of regular credit hours, you can apply for state and federal financial assistance.  You will receive free cna training if you are approved for enough grants to cover your tuition.  The same is true if you are approved for enough scholarship money to complete nursing assistant training.

You can be reimbursed any money you spent for nursing assistant training courses if you are hired by a nursing care facility in Virginia.  An employer will reimburse your expenses if you are hired to work as a CNA for their facility within one year of receiving your certification.  Although, you will need to initially cover the cost out of your own pocket, in the long run, your CNA training will be free. More info on How To Get Free Training Through Nursing Homes

Many nursing homes and retirement communities will actually pay you to become a certified nursing assistant.  There is a high demand for quality nursing assistants with certification.  For this reason, many of these facilities provide training for individuals as long as they are then willing to work for the facility for an amount of time as agreed to in a contract.

You will not need to pay out more than you can afford for CNA training.  You can find options to receive free cna training or to receive a reimbursement of the money you spend for training.


Sheela, a reader of our website has generously directed us to a free program in Virginia. The program is provided by Tap Into Hope. more details can be found at (Do let us know if you were successful through the comments section)

Nursing Related Scholarships in Virginiacnanotes2

Danville Community College(DCC) – Mickey D. Geyer Nursing Scholarship

Danville Community College offers a variety of scholarships for students in several categories. The Mickey D. Geyer Nursing Scholarship, which is offered through the DCC Educational Foundation is specific to students pursing a career in nursing.  In order to qualify, the applicant must:

  • Be a recent graduate from George Washington High School
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in high school

In order to be considered for foundation scholarships, the applicant must have applied for admission to DCC prior to the scholarship application deadline.

Eastern Shore Community College (ESCC) – Eastern Shore Nursing Scholarship

The Eastern Shore Nursing Scholarship is offered through the ESCC Foundation. The scholarship awards five applicants $500 each. Three of the scholarships are based on financial needs and two are based strictly on academic merit. In order to qualify,  the applicant must:

  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits applicable to the Practical Nursing program
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA

Applications must be submitted by the application deadline. The deadline is generally mid-May for the following fall semester and mid-November for the following spring semester.

Virginia’s Department of Health – Mary Marshall Nursing Scholarship Program for Licensed Practical Nurses

The Mary Marshall Nursing Scholarship Program is not a gift. In return for the amount awarded, the applicant must agree to full-time employment as a nurse in Virginia. For every $100 received, the recipient must work one month; therefore, if students receive $1000 in scholarship awards, they will have to work for 10 months continuously. In order to qualify, the applicant must:

  • Be a resident of Virginia for at least one year
  • Be accepted or enrolled in a practical nursing program in the state of Virginia
  • Submit application and all requested documents no later than June 30th

Institutions That Can Help You

Old Dominion Job Corps Center
1073 Father Judge Road, Monroe, VA – 24574
Young men and women who are not older than 24 and not younger than 16, can apply to join a Job Corps Center if they do not have a high income and/or have other obstacles that can be helped by receiving academic and job training.  The job corps also helps individuals to further develop good social skills.

Norfolk Skills Center
922 W. 21st Street, Norfolk, VA 23517
This skills center is part of the public education system of Norfolk.  The center is able to offer career training options.  In addition to the career training, they also provide forms of job placement assistance.  Youth and adults who have a low income, disabilities and other barriers to a good income can apply . Services are also available to veterans as well as individuals who have prior criminal offenses.

Nursing homes in Virginia that might offer CNA training for free

Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly. This list is of some of the more popular nursing homes in Va. Look for those that have active vacancies. Always be polite when inquiring as not all might have training. 

Autumn Care Of Altavista – 1317 Lola Ave   Altavista, Virginia 24517

Autumn Care Of Great Bridge – 821 Cedar Road   Chesapeake, Virginia 23320

Autumn Care Of Madison – Number One Autumn Court   Madison, Virginia 22727

Autumn Care Of Norfolk – 1401 Halstead Avenue   Norfolk, Virginia 23502

Bowling Green Healthcare Center – 120 Anderson Avenue   Bowling Green, Virginia 22427

Brian Cntr Nrsn Care/Alleghany – 100 Alleghany Regional Hospital Lane   Lowmoor, Virginia 24457

Brian Cntr Nsg Care/Fincastle – 188 Old Fincastle Road   Fincastle, Virginia 24090

Brian Ctr Hlt & Rehab/Scott Co – 105 Clonce Street   Weber City, Virginia 24290

Grace Lodge – 1503 Grace Street   Lynchburg, Virginia 24505

Grayson N&R Center – 400 S. Independence Ave   Independence, Virginia 24348

Greensville Memorial Nsg Hm – 214 Weaver Ave   Emporia, Virginia 23847

Gretna Health Care Center – 595 Vaden Drive   Gretna, Virginia 24557

Halifax Regional Hospital Snf – 2204 Wilborn Ave   South Boston, Virginia 24592

Inova Cameron Glen Care Cntr – 1800 Cameron Glen Drive   Herndon, Virginia 20190

James River Convalescent Cente – 540 Aberthaw Avenue   Newport News, Virginia 23601

John Randolph Nursing Home – 409 Randolph Rd P O Box 1626   Hopewell, Virginia 23860

Johnson Cntr/Falcons Landing – 20535 Earhart Place   Sterling, Virginia 20165

Kegley Manor – Route 1 Box 105   Bastian, Virginia 24314

Oak Hill Center – 512 Houston Street   Staunton, Virginia 24401

Oak Lea Nsg Home – 1475 Virginia Avenue   Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802

Oak Springs Of Warrenton – 614 Hastings Lane   Warrenton, Virginia 20186

Oakwood Manor Bedford Mem – 1613 Oakwood Street   Bedford, Virginia 24523

Oakwood Nsg & Rehab Cntr – 5520 Indian River Road   Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464

Orange County Nursing Home – 120 Dogwood Lane   Orange, Virginia 22960

The Meadows Nursing Center – 2715 Dogtown Road   Goochland, Virginia 23063

The Orchard – 20 Delfae Drive   Warsaw, Virginia 22572

The Village Nursing Center –    Fork Union, Virginia 23055

The Washington House – 5100 Fillmore Avenue   Alexandria, Virginia 22311

Thornton Hall – 827 Norview Avenue   Norfolk, Virginia 23509

Trinity Mission Farmville – Route 5 Scott Drive   Farmville, Virginia 23901

Other state listings:

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29 Responses to Free CNA training in Virginia

  1. Samantha July 14, 2010 at 6:41 pm #

    they should take of Grayson Nursing in Independence, VA it no longer does cna training

    • Admin August 8, 2010 at 10:32 pm #

      Thanks for the tip Samantha

  2. jessica August 2, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    Hi I was wondering what are the hours that training usually runs for during the day I have three children three and under so I have to work also. How many months dooes the training run for also thank you

    • Admin August 8, 2010 at 9:59 pm #

      Hi jessica,
      Training lasts for a few weeks… normally not more than three.
      The timing depends totally on the facility you train in. Some can even arrange evening classes should you want to take them at that time.

      • Rochelle Hassel September 16, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

        Hi Jessica my name is Rochelle if you would kindly give me info about Free CNA Training i would appreciate it.I just moved here to Norfolk,VA i have two children i just trying my best to provide for my children any info would b useful.Thank U an God Bless(email removed)

        • Admin September 21, 2010 at 10:41 am #

          Hi Jessica, Have you tried approaching nursing homes in your vicinity?

  3. Jessica September 15, 2010 at 2:46 pm #


    Is anyone aware which of these nursing homes provide training for free? Thank you so much, have a blessed day! 🙂

  4. Rochelle Hassel October 24, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    Im still tryig to find info about free CNA training in Norfolk,VA can anyone HELP ME PLEASE!!! Have a Blessed and Prosperous Day

  5. Eshe Ayers December 1, 2010 at 4:34 am #

    I’m looking to find free CNA training in Virginia Beach or Norfolk Va. Can anyone help me with this? Thanks in advance

  6. Sheela January 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    TAP Total Action Against Poverty (This Valley Works program) Roanoke, Va provides a 140 hr and life skills class for those who qualify free and they pay the written and skills test with the sate. Its a 8 week course. They go above and beyond what ‘basic’ training classes give you.

    Friendship Retirement Community in Roanoke off Hershburger road hires you, cna trains you and pays for state testing. The HR personal can direct you.

    I’m 4 weeks in to the TAP program. Very good 0800-1430 hrs Monday – Friday. Many resources offered to aid you. They care!

  7. Jenn P January 24, 2011 at 4:37 am #

    the Autumn Care of Great Bridge moved it is no longer on Cedar Rd. its new address is 715 Argyll St Chesapeake, VA 23320

  8. Shawn January 24, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    I have had a CNA in the Past and it Expired on 04/30/2008, will I have to retake the entire class or a refresher course??

    • Admin February 18, 2011 at 11:39 am #

      You’ll have to retake both the training and certification exam.

      • Aneisha February 28, 2012 at 2:47 am #

        Hi, I just moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, I am currently registered in the state of Alabama as a C.N.A. Will I have to take the C.N.A. course over or can I just take the certification test.And where,do I go for the course.Thanks for all your help

  9. Brittany June 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    Hi im looking for a free cna class in Newport News-Hampton Roads, VA If anybody can kindly tell me where i can go. THANX:)

    • Admin June 30, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

      Have you tried any of the nursing homes in that area?

  10. JESSICA July 18, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    I have been looking for free CNA classes in Roanoke, VA. I have tried nursing homes and I have not had any luck. A few offer the classes but its a matter on getting into the classes so can someone help me fine a few more that way I can start appling soon?

    • Admin July 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

      Hi Jessica. The nursing homes listed above are just a list to help those starting out. You can apply to any nursing home in your area.

  11. Jamie August 4, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Hi to update the website I live in VA Beach area. I have called all of the facilities listed for Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach and none offer CNA training. Some of the ones I had spoken to have had students come through there during their clinicals.

    • Admin August 4, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

      Hi Jamie, Thank you for the heads up. The nursing homes listed above do not necessarily offer free CNA training. They are however a starting point for those looking to get CNA training by way of employment at a nursing home. Many times, the nursing homes have active vacancies for CNA’s where they end up hiring non qualified workers only to then train them to become CNA’s. Our list features only the more prominent nursing homes, you could even try other nursing homes in your area that aren’t listed above.

  12. Diana October 4, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    I have done nursing care in the past and have never been certified and would like to know how I go about getting my certification here in Virginia. I live in the Galax area. Does anyone know what I need to do or who to contact about obtaining my CNA license?

  13. dionna December 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    I have financial aid, will these facilites accept it?

  14. Savanah February 23, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    Does anyone know of free training in / near Buckingham?

  15. Martie Small August 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    I just moved here, to Virginia Beach, from Missouri. I took an accredited CNA course but did not take the test. In December my course will have been over for a year. Do I need to retake the course or is there a way that I can just take the exams? And do you have any idea of about how much the exams cost?

  16. Sarah October 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    Hi- Just wanted to mention that when I went to look at the TAP program they had moved the page. The CNA training info is here-

  17. Christine Robinson March 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    I took an accredited CNA course at Roses Home Healthcare in Woodbridge, VA for $975 and they hired me the very next week to work for the agency. Give them a call at 703-590-4750

  18. Fefe November 7, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    I just lost my job and I need a career I have no money and no experience I stay in college park virginia beach I need free cna classes someone please help

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