CNA Classes in McKinney, TX

A CNA’s job can be quite demanding. A majority of the patients that CNAs need to look after are bed-ridden, have limited mobility, or need round-the-clock care. CNAs may need to take night, weekend, holiday and even extended shifts just to provide the best possible care. It’s quite easy to be disenchanted with the job ahead if one does not possess the passion for service. No amount of training can compensate for that, but still, good training can inculcate the right mindset and develop the strength of character that is needed to become a successful Certified Nursing Assistant.

Collin College Central Park Campus

Collin College offers on-campus, business site, and online courses. Students can choose from more than 100 credit and continuing education courses. Founded in 1985, Collin College is the only public college in the Collin County. Aside from the Central Park Campus, Collin College has another campus in McKinney, the Collin Higher Education Center. There are five more campuses located in Plano (2 campuses), Frisco, Allen, and Rockwall Texas.

Collin College also offers workforce degrees and certificates that prepare students to the real-world competition and demands of their chosen field. The Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Track is under the Health Professions program.  Program options include AAS- Health Professions, OSA-Health Professions, and Certificate Level 1- Health Professions.

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) – Health Professions curriculum is divided into five tracks. The CNA Track has 60 credit hours for two years and two summer semesters’ worth of classes. The Occupational Skills Awards (OSA) – Health Professions builds up to the next level from OSA to Certificate to AAS, progressing as the students build proficiencies. The OSA CNA Track is for 9 credit hours. The CNA Track in the Certificate Level 1 program option is for 15 credit hours for three semesters worth of classes.

Applicants are required to complete the immunizations required by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS). Once enrolled, students are required to meet specific functional abilities and proof of health insurance.

The estimated cost of the general program is $391. Included in the cost is the tuition fees ($170), scrubs ($50), immunization tracker ($30), laboratory fee ($24), liability insurance ($22), and certification exam ($95).

Contact Collin College Central Park Campus by phone (972-548-6790) or visit their website for more information.

North Texas Job Corps Center

Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps centers all over the country provide free comprehensive academic and career skills training programs for individuals aged 16 to 24. Job Corps is the largest training facility of its kind in the country with 119 centers catering to more than 60,000 individuals each year.

The North Texas Job Corps Center is a local Job Corps facility that opened in 1966 as an all-female facility. It became coeducational sometime in 1990. Just like other Job Corps centers, students receive free benefits like books, supplies, training uniforms, safety equipment, meals, basic medical care, living allowance, and more.

The Nursing Assistant/ Home Health Aide training is just one of three healthcare classes in the center’s Career Vocational Training. The center’s curriculum includes basic patient care, assistance in activities of daily living (ADL), infection control, safety and emergency procedures, and care for patients with degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. The duration of the training is 8-12 months. Students live in-campus and spend most of their day on attending classroom lectures or clinical training.

Admission requirements include meeting state requirements (criminal background check, prerequisite training program completion, etc.), a high school diploma or GED certificate, pass the reading and math literacy requirements, and registration with the state regulatory authority.

Graduates will earn National Healthcareer Association (NHA) credentials and a state credential. Job Corps Career Transition Specialists would keep in touch with graduates for the first six months after graduation to ensure that they have a smooth transition into a career.

Contact the North Texas Job Corps Center by phone (972-542-2623) or visit their website for more information.

Legacy Career Institute

Located in Carrollton, Collin County, Legacy Career Institute is a leading career skill training institution. Legacy Career Institute serves the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex by providing ethical and highly-skilled healthcare professionals. This is done through quality training for each of their accredited training programs. The institute’s CNA Program, in particular, is approved by the Department of Aging and Disability Services. This program prepares students for the Texas CNA licensure exam.

There is a weekday (three weeks), weekend (six weeks) and accelerated (two weeks) class options. Weekday classes meet Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Weekend classes are on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Accelerated classes are for 14 straight days from Mondays to Sundays. A part-time class option is also available. Those interested should contact the Institute for the availability and necessary arrangements for the part-time class option.

The minimum age requirement is 16 years old. Applicants need to present a state-issued ID, proof of education (high school diploma, GED certificate or college transcript), clean criminal background, and a photocopy of the social security card. There is a $100 downpayment to be subtracted from the total tuition and fees.

The tuition fee depends on the class option. The weekday option costs $750 while the weekend and accelerated options both cost $850. The tuition fee already includes the cost of the textbooks, laboratory supplies, state test prep, and an unlimited access to the laboratory for exam practice. There flexible payment plans and student loans available.

Contact the Legacy Career Institute by phone (469-312-8885) or visit their website for more information.

Here are other schools and facilities that are approved to offer CNA training:

McKinney Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center

253 Enterprise Drive, McKinney, TX 75069

Phone: 972-542-2695

McKinney Independent School District (MISD)

One Duvall Street, McKinney, Texas 75069

Phone: 469-302-4000

R.L. Turner High School

1600 S. Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75006

Phone: 972-968-5400

Prosper High School

301 Eagle Drive, Prosper, Texas 75078

Phone: 469-219-2180

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