Certified Nurse Aide
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where can I pick up an application?
- You can stop by our office which is located in Building N at Athens Technical College (800 U.S. Hwy 29 North) to complete an application in person. Applications can also be found on our website click here. Applications can also be sent by fax, email, or regular mail. They are also available at our Greene County Campus (1051 Athens Technical College Dr., Greensboro), and our Wilkes Co. (20 Lexington Avenue, Washington).
- I have had my CNA Certificate in the past, but it has expired. I have been working as an uncertified aid. Can I just take the test again?
- If your certificate has been expired less than 3 years, you may apply to re-test. If it has been 3 years or more, you must complete the entire training program again.
- Six students are normally accepted into the program. This is based on the recommendation from our clinical sites – as their nursing staff agree that six students are manageable for one nurse and provide a serious case load.
- The CNA program is a 12 week course (Class – 9 wks, Clinical – 3 wks.) that consists of 135 hours of Training, including 45 hours of clinical experience in a long-term care nursing facility.
- The CNA program cost $2900.00
- Financial aid is available through the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (WIOA Program) for those who qualify. Since this is a short-term training program offered through our division of economic development, traditional methods of financial aid such as the Hope Scholarship, Pell Grant, and others cannot be used to help cover the costs.
- Class days and times vary from class to class. Students should be prepared to stay from 8AM – 4:30PM - 2 days per week. 5 1/2 hours/day. Clinical will also be 2 days/week, but 8 hours/day – 6AM – 2:30PM.
**This is a 100% attendance class, NO exceptions.**
- Some high schools do offer their own CNA program which is separate from what we off at Athens Technical College. You should check with your local school about what options are available. High school students are not allowed to participate in the program offered through Athens Technical College.
- No, the CNA class is an all-inclusive, stand-alone class and does not have any pre-requisite classes.
- Although we have offered them in the evenings in the past, we are not doing so at this time. However, if it becomes feasible to do so, we may consider that a possibility in the future.
- Our classes are only offered once all students in the current class complete the program and are placed in jobs. Occasionally, we will receive the approval to run a new CNA Class when 80 – 90% of the students are placed. Our goal is to conduct 4 – 6 classes per year if approved.
- Yes, but again this will be based on course offerings. There is no guarantee that a student will be admitted into the CNA program before a decision is made regarding their admission into the competitive health program.
- Yes, but potential applicants are encouraged to still apply. Once we begin reviewing applications we often find that people may no longer be interested in the program and that can shorten the waiting list.
- Once we have been officially approved to conduct another class, our program coordinator will begin reviewing applications and contacting people to request more information. During this time applicants will be asked to proceed with the next steps in the process which include having a Tuberculosis screening, taking the TABE exam, and finishing up any other requirements.
** They are NOT to proceed with the TB test at that time, but will need to wait until directed to do so by the instructor because of it being time-sensitive.**
- If you have specific questions regarding the topics that will be covered throughout the class, please contact Ms. Amy Ravotti at 706-227-7009 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Yes, you need a high school diploma or GED to participate in the program, and must provide a copy of these documents with application. You must score at least a 7th grade math and reading level on the TABE exam in order to complete the program.
- No, the program is offered using a traditional delivery format. The State of Georgia requires all CNA classes be delivered face to face.
- Once students complete the program offered at Athens Technical College, they have to pass the state skills exam which has both written and skills components. After the student meets the required attendance and performance levels to complete the course, they will receive a certificate of completion which qualifies them to apply to sit for the State Certification exam.
- Students will complete the background check and drug screen as required, but it is not used for admission into the CNA program. However, individual employers and clinical sites may refuse to hire students if they have certain felony convictions on their background report. (Clinical sites may refuse to allow students with adverse information on their background check to participate in the clinical setting, resulting in the student not completing the course and not being eligible for certification).
- Yes, the CNA program is offered at the following campuses:
- Athens Campus – 800 U.S. Hwy 29 North, Athens, GA 30601
- Greene Co. Campus - 1051 Athens Technical College Dr., Greensboro, GA 30642
- Wilkes Co. Campus – 20 Lexington Avenue, Washington, GA 30673
- The $2600 program fee covers the cost of the entire program and includes the following: Scrubs, textbooks, supplies, tuition, background check, drug screen, and voucher for the state exam. Students will be required to pay for their TB tests and any follow-up medical expenses which may be necessary, i.e. chest x-ray, etc. if test is positive. There is also the HepB test, which is optional but they would have to pay for that as well.
- Yes, we work with the Department of Labor and the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission to assist students in finding suitable employment as a CNA.