Becoming a Nurse Aide Candidate
San Antonio, TX 78217
Our next class starts September 06, 2016
Call 210-407-0162 for more information and to reserve your space.
Choosing to Become a Certified Nurse Aide
A Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) provides basic nursing care to residents of long-term care facilities under the supervision of licensed nurses. Residents rely upon and need to trust the people who give them vital care so not just any one should choose to become a CNA. Although we will teach you the techniques and skills necessary to provide safe and competent care, you need to bring the following values and ethics to this career: a responsible nature, dependability, courtesy, loyalty, honesty, respect for others as individuals, ability to act professionally, good grooming and hygiene, critical thinking skills, and common sense. In order to successfully complete this training program you will need to commit yourself to your studies and perhaps ask family members to help you so you will have the time you need to attend class and study.
Please carefully consider if now is the right time for you to pursue this training. Your training will be an investment in your future as many CNA’s continue their education to become medication aides, nurses, and other health professionals.
Our Certified Nurse Aide training program is approved by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and consists of two components. In Component I you will spend 80 hours attending lectures and practicing the skills necessary to provide safe and competent basic nursing care. In order to move to Component II of the program, you must pass the lecture/lab portion of the training. Your instructor and program director determine who may attend the clinical portion of the course based on attendance, test grades, mastery of skills, and other criteria. In the second component of the course, you will receive 40 hours of clinical training at a nursing facility where you will provide hands-on care to residents under the supervision of your instructor. Additionally, you will receive individualized preparation for the State examinations that are required in order for you to be placed on the Texas Certified Nurse Aide Registry.
$25 non-refundable Money Order payable to: Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (for application and exam fee)
- You must be a high school or GED graduate.
- You must be at least 18 years of age.
- You must be able to read, write, speak, and understand English. (We have plans to offer bilingual classes in the near future.)
- You must have reliable transportation in order to get to class and the clinical training site.
- You must provide written proof of a negative TB test. This proof cannot be more than 1 year old on the first day of class.
- You must be free of previous felony convictions which will be confirmed by the required, nonrefundable criminal background check which is due prior to the beginning of the class.
- You must be free of communicable diseases and in suitable physical and emotional health to safely care for residents.
- You must not be listed on the Texas Nurse Aide Registry in a revoked status nor listed on the Employee Misconduct Registry.
- You must be able to perform the essential physical functions of the course (i.e. able to lift/carry 50 pounds, able to sit, stand, walk, bend, balance, and possess visual acuity).
- You must submit two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a past employer or previous instructor.
We want our students to receive quality training at a reasonable cost; therefore, you will find that our program is less expensive than many other schools in the area. Your tuition includes your textbook, workbook, and your criminal background check.
Tuition for the entire program is $850. Once an applicant is notified of acceptance to the program, he/she may register for the class and is required to pay at least half of the tuition. If no payment is received upon registration, you are not enrolled in the class and may not attend.
The balance of the tuition will be due prior to the clinical training component of the course. We will accept cash, checks, money orders and credit/debit cards (VISA, Discover, and MasterCard). A fee is charged for any returned checks.
How to Apply: (CNA Application)
- Gather all required application documents: proof of a negative TB test, copy of picture ID, copy of Social Security Card, copy of high school diploma or GED, and required recommendations (one can be personal and the other must be from a former employer and/or instructor).
- Submit your complete application by mail to:
NEISD Certified Nurse Aide Program
8750 Tesoro Drive
San Antonio, TX 78217
- You may also bring the application in person to the same address.
- Please do not send original immunization documents.
- We recommend that you submit your complete application at least 3 weeks prior to the start of your course.
- You will be notified by email of the status of your Application for Admission after it has been reviewed by the Program Director and we have checked that you are not in a revoked status on the Nurse Aide Registry nor listed on the Employee Misconduct Registry.
- If your application is approved, we will send you an acceptance letter to the email address provided on your application. This approval letter will contain specific registration and payment instructions. You must be registered and have paid at least $425 prior to the first day of class. You will also receive information on how to proceed with your criminal background check once you have made your tuition payment.
- If your application is denied, we will send a notice to the email address provided on your application along with specific information about why your application was denied. You will have the option to fix the application and resubmit it for future review.