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Options for free CNA classes without a high school diploma?

I've heard about CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) programs that don't require a high school diploma. Does anyone know about free CNA classes or other similar opportunities that are open to high school students, and how to get involved?

7 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're interested in the healthcare field and looking into CNA programs. While my child is currently college-bound, we did consider different career pathways before settling on a college education. CNA programs can provide a brilliant start into the healthcare profession, and some options may not require a high school diploma. One place to start looking would be at your local community colleges or vocational schools. Many times, they have partnerships with healthcare facilities or government agencies that might offer scholarship programs or even free training. I recall that some long-term care facilities or nursing homes also provide free training to individuals who agree to work for them for a set amount of time after certification. Finally, Job Corps is a federally funded program that offers free career training for young people, including CNA certifications. Eligibility generally includes being 16-24 years old and meeting certain income requirements. So be sure to check that out! Naturally, the availability may vary by state, so it would be wise to check with your state's department of health or board of nursing for the most accurate and up-to-date information. They usually have lists of approved CNA training programs, some of which might be tailored to individuals without a high school diploma. Best of luck with your search!

7 months ago

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