CNA Classes in Little Rock, AR

Arkansas is greying. It is projected that in the next 15 years the senior population in the state will increase by 40 percent. That will be about 650,000 seniors and about 69 percent of these seniors will need long-term care.

Currently, there are 7,208 seniors living in Little Rock, amounting to 11 percent of the population. About 60 percent of seniors in Little Rock prefer to live in their own homes while 33 percent live alone. In order to keep up with the demand for home care services, CNAs and other trained care providers need to increase by almost 50 percent.

MedLinc, Inc.

MedLinc is primarily a staffing service provider. The 10-year-old company was awarded the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. Their services are divided into different divisions; among them are the medical division, clerical division, industrial division, and training & education division. The training and education division offers CNA training and continued education classes that employers and individuals can avail of. There’s also an option to take in-service instruction online.

MedLinc’s CNA short course program is designed for sustainable employment and career development. The curriculum is certified by Arkansas Office of Long Term Care. It is also listed in the Arkansas Consumer Report System (ACRS) as one of the WIOA certified programs.  The program’s instructors are licensed nursing professionals and accredited by the Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education (SBPCE).

Training facilities include lecture rooms, library, computer laboratory, study area, and fully functional clinical training room. These training facilities are used on the program’s 90 hours’ worth of classroom, laboratory and clinical instruction. Upon completion of the training program, students receive a certificate and are eligible to sit for the state certification exam.

MedLinc doesn’t require a high school diploma. The minimum age for admission is 16 years old. The program’s tuition fee is about $1,350 with an additional $150 cost for textbooks.

On 2015, MedLinc reported that their WIOA Employment Rate in the Fourth Quarter After Exit is 91 percent.

Contact MedLinc, Inc. by phone (501-492-7200) or visit their website above.

Schmieding Home Caregiver Training

The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training program was developed by Lawrence H. Schmieding due to his family’s struggle in finding qualified and well-trained home caregivers. The program had been going for more than 18 years. In 2018, a replication project was launched to spread the program throughout Arkansas. The center at Little Rock and four more centers were founded in 2012.

Schmieding’s CNA training program is distinct. It is focused on home caregiving. The program is divided into three levels. Each level has different specializations. The In-Home Assistant (IHA) is a 40-hour course about the fundamentals of home caregiving. The 60-hour Home Care Assistant (HCA) course focuses on more advanced caregiving and assistance needs. The last level is the 16-hour Alzheimer’s & Dementia Training (AD). After finishing the three levels, graduates receive the title of Geriatric Home Caregiver (GHC). It is only then that they are qualified to take the state CNA certification exam.

The curriculum for all three levels of the program and any continuing education classes is formally written and designed by nurses. It is a state and federal certified, meeting the training requirements for home health, nursing home aide/care, and personal care assistant. Laboratory and hands-on training are held on a CareHouse. The CareHouse simulates a home environment where students can practice on their caregiving skills.

The cost of one course is about $695 with a one-time $50 registration fee. Schmieding has a Caregiver Directory that advertises the services of their graduates. This directory is for free and is ran by the center as a form of community service.

Contact the Courtney Mitchell, Coordinator of Home Caregiver Training by phone (501-526-6500) or email her at

Emma Rhodes Education Center

The Emma Rhodes Education Center (EREC) was founded in 2000 by Dr. Emma Kelly Rhodes. It is a non-profit, privately-owned institution is licensed under the State Board of Private Career Education. The center is dedicated to underprivileged individuals, from high school dropouts to adult needing sustainable employment. Only technical and trade skills proficiency certificates are issued.

The EREC Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course is a 90-hour training program. Classes are spread over three weeks for day classes or four weeks for night classes. Day classes are held from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Night classes meet from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Of the program’s 90 hours, 74 hours are divided between lecture and laboratory instruction. Another 16 hours are dedicated to clinical training.

The program is open-enrollment but students are only required to pass an academic test that is on a 10.5-grade level. EREC doesn’t offer any licensing support.

The tuition fee is $690. Textbook(s) cost around $55. Other expenses include equipment, supplies, and visual aids. All training expenses are paid out-of-pocket. The course isn’t eligible for financial aid from the state and other grants. This is only if there aren’t any government agencies or organizations like the Department of Human Services that would shoulder the student’s training costs.

Contact the EREC by phone their phone numbers (501-680-3821) or (501-372-0281).

Little Rock Job Corps Center

Just like the numerous Job Corps centers in the country, Little Rock Job Corps Center provides free training solutions for young adults aged 16 to 24. These academic and on-the-job training programs develop employable skills to increase chances of employment and promote independence.

The Little Rock Job Corps Center was opened in 1981 but was only transferred to its new 22-acre campus in Scoot Hamilton Drive in 2008. The center has a capacity of 237 people. Facilities include dorms, activity/recreation center, fitness center, library among others. Students can also avail of free benefits like meals, basic medical services, living allowances, books, uniforms, safety equipment, and more.

The center’s Nursing Assistant/ Home Health Aide classes fall under the work-based learning (WBL) program. The program aims to supplement the technical training with job-related tasks that develop the students’ work habits, goal orientation, and motivation to further their education.

The technical training includes learning and following basic procedures on safety, emergency response, and the recording of vital signs. Students need to learn how to assist patients in their daily needs like bathing, dressing, and turning on their hospital beds. Advanced patient care is also part of the training. There will be instruction on controlling infections and specialized care for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The training’s duration is about 8-12 months.

Contact the Little Rock Job Corps Center by phone (501-618-2500) or visit their website above.


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