CNA Classes in Huntsville, AL

Huntsville is the seat of Madison County. It has a population of 180,105, more than 13% of whom are more than 65 years old. There are two major hospitals in the city, and more than a dozen nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and health facilities.

As of May 2016, there are about 1,980 CNAs employed in Huntsville. The employment rate is bound to go higher together with the demand for CNAs. The high cost of medical services encourages hospitals to hire CNAs. This trend isn’t limited to hospitals, as cities like Huntsville where the population is aging. The “greying of Huntsville” will be most noticeable in its southeast area where it is estimated that 1 in 3 residents will be over 65 by 2030.

J.F. Drake State Community & Technical College

Drake State is a public two-year college institution. It offers affordable, flexible, and student-centered programs geared towards empowering the local workforce and economy. Programs include certificate courses, university-transfer degrees, technical degrees, customized career training, and continuing education.

The CNA Training program is geared towards the development of competencies especially the attitudes, knowledge and the skills required of a long-term care CNA. The course meets the OBRA (Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) requirements. Graduates are qualified to take the written and clinical skills competency evaluation.

The duration of the intensive training program is only 10 days. Classes are held from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Drake State’s main campus. Classes don’t occur monthly and dates may vary but this information is posted on the program’s page.

The tuition fee is $690. Additional costs include requirements for admission and classes. Students are required to submit first step TB Skin Test, one shot of Hepatitis B immunization, and Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification. These requirements are paid out of pocket. The BLS course is offered in the college but the cost is not covered by the tuition fee for the CNA Training course. Class requirements that need to be paid out of pocket include uniforms, textbook, and patch.

Drake State’s CNA Training program is under its Workforce Development Division. The division’s main purpose is to provide workforce solutions for local businesses and industries. This includes cross-training and coordinated specialized training. Drake State’s close interactions with industry partners enable the college to gain insights on market and technical demands.

Contact the Jan Hyman by phone (256-551-3156) or email him at jan.hyman@drakestate.edu for enrollment and CNA Training program information.

Calhoun Community College

Calhoun Community College was founded in 1942 and has become one of Alabama’s largest higher education institution. Aspen Institute also recognizes Calhoun as one of the Top 150 Community Colleges in the US.

The college has two campuses, one in Decatur and another in Huntsville. Originally, nursing courses are only offered on the Decatur campus but as of November 2017, CNA classes are already available in the college’s Huntsville Campus.

Calhoun’s Nursing Assistant (NAS100) course fulfills that 75-hour OBRA required training for long-term care nursing assistant. The curriculum is approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health and is a part of the college’s Workforce Development program. Graduates are eligible to take the State Nursing Assistant Certification exam as facilitated by Prometric.

Calhoun’s 25-day Nursing Assistant course holds classes from Monday to Friday for four hours a day (5-9 p.m.). There is a combination of classroom lectures and hands-on training. During the last week of the training, students will have an opportunity to have an on-the-job experience in clinical training sites where they can shadow CNAs.

The course tuition fee varies depending on state residency. In-state students pay $119 per credit hour while out-of-state students pay $238 per credit hour. The Nursing Assistant (NAS) course only has 4 credits. There are other miscellaneous fees but additional program fees and costs include $100 for textbooks, $10 for annual Malpractice Insurance, $71.50 for a drug test and background check, $144 for CPR class (EMS 100), $ 100 for the Prometric certificate exam. Expenses that do not have a specified amount include transportation to the assigned clinical facility (last week of the course), uniforms, supplies, and health exams (including PPD and immunizations).

Contact the project manager Diane Peck by phone (256-306-2515) or visit their website above.