How to Open a CNA School

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Published: 03rd May 2013
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When we look into the healthcare systems of new age, if is found that certified nursing assistants are most demanding in medical field than any other nursing group. The simple reason is CNAs are chiefly concerned in initial or forefront healthcare services. Lot of their activities does not come under medical services and this is why, they are referred to as caregivers in healthcare settings.

The trend shows, individuals join in CNA job, like to take it as an entry level employment and do not continue in same position for a longer time. This lead to a continuous crisis of knowledgeable CNA professionals and healthcare facilities are always on demand for more CNAs from different schools.

Under such situation, planning to start a CNA school is likely to be a great idea, if you have three important things in your character. The factors are determination to meet such milestone, expertise in synchronizing your plan and action, superb marketing skill.

How students need to register in your school

We find numbers of CNA training programs, organized by accredited schools and state hospitals. There is availability of government grants, scholarship, assistance programs and free CNA training courses. Hence, a valid question may strike as to how candidates are expected to enroll them in your school.

In practicality, free courses and assistance program is much limited and there are many prerequisites which do not qualify numbers of candidates interested to undergo CNA program.

After completing CNA program students should submit CNA resume to get a job.

Steps to start CNA School

1. Work out your plan

Your first step is to make thorough plans which need to include, main objectives, funding process, departments to meet, arranging of school site, staff planning and all other needful processes.

2. Meet necessary departments

Make a visit plan to different departments whose assistance is important to begin your school. This will include government funding department, private financier and office of state board of nursing.

3. Apply for government fund or arrange financier

Starting a CNA school is not very small issue whereas you can get a good funding support from Government departments or Private financiers. Less number of CNA schools in your proposed location may be a great advantage for you.

4. Arrange to establish school building

You have to go for outright purchase or leasing of space to build planned school premises. This should be done depending upon your funding.

5. Make joint venture with nearby healthcare facility

To meet the need of practical classes, you have to enter in some joint venture with any hospital or long-term care center in adjacent area. Legally prepared document of contract should be made and signed by both part.

6. Appoint CNA instructor and staff

Qualified instructors and staffs need to be appointed. The CNA instructor should be licensed registered nurse backed by clinical work knowledge. Appoint staffs as per requirement.

7. Rules, regulation and policies of school

Based on the state board rules and regulations, you have to make separate policies containing rules and regulations of your CNA School.

8. Apply for Accreditation

State Boardís accreditation is most vital that enables students in appearing state competency test, receiving of certification etc. Moreover, Students will enroll them in your school only if it is accredited by state. Apply to state board with needful documents.

9. Buying necessary equipments

Countless things required to begin a CNA school which includes materials required for administrative office, classroom, lab room etc.

10. Marketing

Your marketing skill is the significant part to establish the CNA School. Take help of marketing consultants as the project is big and need expertsí suggestions.


Planning to begin a CNA school, can be encouraged by the state, if your plan and methods are up to the mark. This is because, more students in CNA field is always in demand. Look for such areas where CNA training programs are available in less number.

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