One of the foremost barriers to becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant is the training required. Because most states require that all applicants complete a state-approved nurse aide training program, there is no way around this aspect of the certification process. For some people, the greatest challenge is mental and intellectual difficulty of absorbing new material. But for others, finding the necessary funds to finance can be the biggest hurdle. There are many different ways to obtain financial assistance for the cost of nurse aide training. Taking some time to research your options for financial aid will reduce your stress and help you focus on what is most important: passing your test and starting your career as a CNA.
The federal government stipulates through its Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) that nurse aides who successfully complete their classes and find employment within one year from the date of completion cannot be forced to pay for their training expenses. For fully-employed CNAs that have already paid for their training, the state is required to reimburse the costs as long as the employment condition is met. Each state has applications available online, usually through the state board of nursing or department of health.It is important that the nurse aide remain employed and maintain good standing with their employer. The state’s nurse aide registry provides important details about the CNA’s employment history, and the individual’s work status will be evaluated.
For nurse aides that cannot afford the initial sum of training, future reimbursement will not pay for their present tuition costs. Another option for financial assistance is to seek out training programs at nursing homes. Through NATCEP, the federal government provides nursing homes with funding for the cost of classes for CNAs. If you receive an offer of employment before completing your certification, the cost of training will be handled by your employers. This is why training at a nursing home makes so much sense. The nursing homes will accept new applicants that they are willing to hire, and by using their federal funding, can remove the cost of training for the selected individuals. These programs will be more competitive than others, but the rewards are worth the effort. To make the most of these types of opportunities, it is best to treat your training as an extended job interview. Your instructors could very well become your employers, so treat every day as an opportunity to show them your work ethic, eagerness, and employability.