You MUST have a current photo ID and original NON-laminated social security card to take the NC state exam. If you do not have both of these in your hand the day of your state exam CNA test, you forfeit your payment. NACES makes you start all over and pay again. You will NOT be allowed to show a receipt or a copy of your SS card the day of the state exam. You do NOT take the state exam the day of class!
This is the Frequently Asked Questions "FAQ" Page:
If you do not find your answer here, please email me for further information... PLEASE, READ THIS ENTIRE PAGE.
CNA = Certified Nursing Assistant (same thing as CNA I )
NA = Nursing Assistant
CNA I = Certified Nursing Assistant One (most times referred to as a CNA)
CNA II = Certified Nursing Assistant Two
Med Aide = North Carolina Medication Aide
Med Tech = Medicatioin Technician
1. Do you have to have medical experience or background to take your class? No, you do not need any prior medical background. But, if you are a past CNA that would definitely be beneficial. Or, if you have your current CNA in another state, that would make the learning a lot faster for you, similiar to a "Refresher Course". You do need to have common sense. You do have to be able to read, write and understand English.
2. Do you accept personal checks? No, I do NOT accept personal checks in person or through the mail. Too many people have given me bad checks with "Insufficient funds." I will mail your check back to you and you will have to re-apply with a money order. You can use paypal if you need to use a credit card, debit card or a personal check. Paypal will wait for your check to clear, before allowing packages to be shipped. Go to the second to the last link down, Web Store, to pay online.
3. What form of payment do you accept? Cash, money orders, and official (certified) bank (cashiers) checks. Pay Pal is accepted, view the last link down in the "web store" on the website. If you want to pay with a credit card or debit card, you can pay online - it is the last link down in the "Web Store".
4. Where are CNA classes held? The Concord location once a month. And, at the Greensboro location every other month.
5. Do you sell just the books separately by themselves? Yes, view the CNA home study program and skills DVD option. The textbook, workbook, CNA guidebook with the NC skills listed and I also give you the application for the Nurse Aide 1 exam. This also includes a folder with handouts and a practice final exam with answer key and skills DVD. The textbook, workbook, and the skills list are available in SPANISH, if requested. Your books and materials will be mailed to you via Priority Mail USPS with a tracking number.
6. Do you offer just a "Skills Only" class or refresher class? No, we offer the CNA skills DVD for a refresher or just the teaching of the skills.
7. Why do you require full payment to hold our spot? I have had too many "No Shows" in the very beginning, which is not fair to me or the other people who were interested in the open spot. So, I require full payment for all classes.
8. What is your background? I was a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) while attending college. I have been a Registered Nurse *RN* for over seventeen years. I was also accredited with NACES as a Nurse Aide Evaluator for South Carolina. I am currently teaching nurse aide training programs and tutoring students to pass the NC and Florida test. I have taken online certification classes and have my PCS certificate. I have my CPhT certificate (national certified pharmacy technician) and my national phlebotomy certificate (blood drawing).
10. How much does it cost to take the Nurse Aide 1 exam for? For the written and skills, and you have to take both the same day, the state exam is $101.00. You must pass both parts to be placed on the Nurse Aide Registry. This money and application do not go to me, they are mailed directly to NACES. You will receive your application to take the state exam and we do go over all of this in the class. The cost of the state exam is not included in your training fees. The fees listed to take the "Fast Track CNA" are for the textbook, workbook, NC skills guidebook, the written and skills training that we do in the class.
11. What if I fail the test? You are allowed three chances to take the state test. If you fail all three times, you must attend a certified nurse aide training program before taking the test again. I do have a guaranteed success program. If you fail one or both parts of the state exam, you can come to that part of the class again for free. If you fail the state exam three times, you must attend the full training course at a community college, which is usually ten weeks long.
12. What is the test like? The test is a written multiple choice test. It consists of 70 questions and you have two hours to complete the test. The skills portion consists of five random skills and you have 30 minutes to complete the skills. If you fail just one section, you only need to repeat that part of the exam. You do have to pay each time to re-take the test.
13. What do you charge for private tutoring? Price varies depending on services and location, but range from $25.00/ hour and up to $35.00/ hour. I charge a minimum of three hours per visit. Private classes must be pre-paid in advance. Private tutoring is available, only if an instructor is available.
14. Where are the regional state testing sites? Here is the website for the testing sites and schedules. http://www.asisvcs.com/publications/pdf/073409.pdf The closest regional testing locations to our area are located in Charlotte, Matthews, Locust, Concord, Greensboro, Durham, Albemarle, Raleigh, Eden, Wilmington, etc. I am not a testing site or location. You must schedule your test through NACES and go to a testing center. I do give you the application and we do discuss this in the full training CNA class. In Charlotte, they offer the state CNA exam seven days a week, even Saturdays and Sundays. There are four testing locations alone in Charlotte, NC.
15. What is the cost of the test and to re-take the test if you fail? It takes approx. two to three weeks to get your test date. The first time you test, the written and skills is $101.00. If you fail the written only, to retest is $24.00 If you fail the skills only, to retest is $77.00. If you fail both, to retest the price is $101.00.
16. Do you allow refunds? What if I have to cancel? I do not allow cash refunds. All class deposits and payments are NON-refundable. All books, DVD's and materials are NON-refundable. Due to cancellations and "No Shows", there is NO re-scheduling of classes for any reason, besides an emergency. This leads to over-filling of classes and is not fair to the regularly scheduled individuals who are in attendance that day. If you need to cancel, you must start all over with the deposit and scheduling of a class with open space. If you pay in full at the time of registering and do not show for your class or cancel, the same policy is in effect. Please, show up for your scheduled day and time... There is a $50.00 re-scheduling fee.
17. What is the website for the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry? http://www.ncnar.org/
18. Do you offer CNA II training? No. You must take a state approved training program and one of the pre-requisites to take the CNA II class, is you must be a CNA I first. You must also have your high school diploma or GED and be 18 years of age or older. You also have to have your CPR card current. A CNA II learns advanced skills, like oxygen therapy, inserting and d/c ing foley catheters, sterile dressing changes, ostomies, feeding tubes, etc. Look at your community colleges for CNA II if that is what you want to register for.
19. I just moved to North Carolina, do I have to take the state test? Yes, NC does not recognize any other states CNA. You must still take the nurse aide 1 exam to be licensed and placed on the NC nurse aide registry. My class is perfect for out-of-state CNA's who must just learn the NC skills and refresh on the written part.
20. What do I do if I don't have a Social Security Card? You must have a photo ID, like a drivers license and your SS card to take the NC nurse aide 1 exam. If you do not have yours, or lost your card, apply for a free duplicate at your nearest SS office. Your Social Security card must be signed and NON-laminated. They offer free replacements, but you have to apply for it.
21. What is the student ratio for the CNA class? The maximum number of students in a class is 10. This is due to space, time in the class and to provide a quality learning environment. These spaces are filled on a first come, first serve basis with the non-refundable payment to secure your spot in the class.
22. How can you offer this "Crash Course" or "FAST TRACK" when I see other CNA trainings for 6 weeks, 9 weeks and 9 months? This is a accelerated program at a faster pace then the traditional learning style. I will not read the book or workbook to you. It is best to sign up for my class at least two weeks in advance. You will receive your textbook and workbook in advance to start reading and studying. This saves a ton of classroom time. You will receive the same exact state test as someone who spent 3 months in college and hundreds and hundreds of dollars on school. Most pre-nursing students are doing it this way and love it. It saves them time for their family, job or school they are attending now. This program is NOT for everyone, view the home page for more info on if you qualify for the Fast Track. If you are applying to nursing school, read the FAQ page to see if your college is on the list to accept an accelerated class.
23. Are you a testing center? Do you offer the North Carolina Nurse Aide 1 exam? No. I am not a testing center or testing location. This is just the training. A great accelerated prep class that will prepare you for the NC state exam for the CNA. You will NOT take your state exam the same day as the class.
24. Where can I take a full 6 - 12 week course of training to be a CNA? Most community colleges offer the CNA I and CNA II training. You must have your CNA I before taking a CNA II course. Call around where you live.
25. Where can a CNA work? In a hospital, nursing home, assisted living facility, skilled rehab center, doctor's office, private duty, hospice, group home and home health. Where ever you see, NA or CNA, you can work in that facility.
26. What is the average pay range? Depending on where you work, what shift, what days, etc. The range is $8.50 / hour up to $13.00 / hour depending on experience, facility worked at, shift diff and weekend pay. The average around the Charlotte area is $10.00/ hour.
27. Do you teach the NC Medication Aide Class? No, North Carolina changed the laws on July 1, 2011... You now have to take the Med Aide class at a community college or a proprietary school. We do offer the Med Tech home study option.
28. Do you ever or will you ever cancel a CNA class? In the event of an emergency, I would re-schedule all the students with no extra fees. I will also post-pone a class if their is not enough students registered.
29. Is there a minimum or maximum number of students in your class? Yes. The minimum is four for a full training class. This provides quality learning.
30. Do you know the website link to all the nursing assistant registry information? http://nursingassistantcentral.homestead.com/NurseAideRegistries.html
31. I am moving to another state. Does that state accept my NC CNA? Contact the state you are moving to, to find out if they accept the North Carolina CNA, or find out if you will have to take their state test or state training. Every state is different. Sometimes, you will have to re-test, depending on the new states laws and regulations.
32. Where do I mail my payment? NOT to the class and NOT to the office locations. After you contact me and I verify that there is an open space in the class, the registration form is on the website, you can print one off and mail it in with your payment. The payment mailing address is on the "Registration Form".
33. Is a "Medication Aide" the same thing as a CNA II? No, not at all in North Carolina. A medication aide is registered with the NC Medication Aide Registry to pass out and dispense medicine at a skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility. A CNA II cannot pass out medicine.
34. My instructor / teacher / friend told me that I will not find a job if I take the "Fast Track CNA" class, is that true? No. When you apply for a job many things are involved... your personal appearance, your attitude, background check, finger printing, drug screen and references. If you pass both sections of the state exam, you are listed on the NC nurse aide registry as a CNA. You can find a job, just maybe not the exact shift and location that you wanted as your first choice.
35. My college adviser told me that you can't take the state exam like this, is that true?? No, you will take the same state exam as everyone else. You will have to PASS both sections to be certified as a CNA in NC.
36. When should I apply for your CNA class? As soon as possible. All of my classes fill every month at every location. So, as soon as you have your deposit ready, pay and get in the schedule at your location of your choice.
38. Why is your one day CNA class $175.00? The price includes all your materials, books, and training. Also, the shipping fee of your books is included. You will receive your books mailed to you via USPS priority mail with a tracking number included in the price of the class.
39. What does "Pending Full" mean? It means all of the class spots are spoken for. I am waiting on payments in the mail. If the payment shows up, the class is FULL. If the payment (deposit) doesn't show up in the mail, there is still room in the class.
40. Do all colleges accept the "Fast Track CNA" for nursing requirements to get into their program? No. Every college has their own set of rules and regulations for their college. If you are not sure, contact your college directly and find out if you have to just be listed on the Nurse Aide Registry as a CNA or if they make you do other requirements. This is your responsibility to do this before you register or take the class.
41. I was told I just have to be on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry as a CNA for my nursing pre-requisite, does this qualify? Yes, you will take the state exam for NC. You have to pass both parts, the written and the skills to be placed on the registry.
42. Do you accept financial aid? Do you know anyone that would pay for my training? No. The price for the CNA class is the lowest in North Carolina. I do not accept financial aid, vouchers, pell grants or any third party checks. I do not know of any companies or individuals willing to pay for training. That is your responsibility to look for a sponsor.
43. How can I get into a sooner class? Let me know when you pay your deposit, that you want a sooner class. If I do get a cancellation, I will call or email you, it will be your choice then, and you will be allowed to move forward in a class. This does not happen often, but there is always a chance of a cancellation in the previous month. If you did not pay and register yet, you will not be moved up to a sooner class. Registered students get first chance at moving forward, if they wish.
44. After I take the class, how soon can I take the state exam? It is up to you. If you want to take the nurse aide one exam the next day, you can, but it is not recommended. Or, if you want to wait a couple weeks and study. We do go through all of this in the full training CNA class. It takes a minimum of 16 days to get a test date.
45. Why are you no longer teaching in Indian Trail? The place I was leasing raised their rates over $350.00 / month. I did not want to raise my class rates, so I did not renew my lease.
46. Can you squeeze one more person (my friend, my sister, etc.) in a class that states, FULL? No, I can't.
47. Currently, these are the colleges that I know of that will NOT accept the "Fast Track CNA" program or any other accelerated or state prep course... CPCC, SPCC nursing program (South Piedmont Community College), Pitt community college's sonography program, GTCC (Guilford Technical Community College) and DCCC (Davidson County Community College), CVCC (Catawba Valley Community College) only their ADN Program, Forsyth Community College, Sandhills Community College, Southeastern Community College, Johnston Community College, Gaston College and A/B Tech Community College will not accept the accelerated program. These colleges require a state approved training course with actual clinical hours, which this program does not offer. Some colleges, like Forsyth, will accept the program if you complete clinical hours. Queens makes you show proof of employment as a CNA I.
48. What colleges ACCEPT the "Fast Track CNA" training and being listed on the NC nurse aide registry as a CNA for the nursing application requirements? Currently, this is what is on the colleges's website... Mercy School of Nursing, Wingate University, UNC Charlotte, Robeson, Nash Community College, WSSU (Winston Salem State University), ECU (East Carolina University), Cleveland Community College, Isothermal Community College (ICC), Surry Community College, CCHS, MCC (Montgomery Community College), MCC (Mitchell Community College), SPCC medical sonography (South Piedmont Community College), Durham Tech Community College, Wake Tech Community College (as long as you work 40 hours as a CNA with proof afterwards), Cape Fear Community College, NCSU, Stanly Community College (SCC), Lenoir-Rhyne University, Edgecombe Community College, Rockingham Community College, Foothills Nursing Program, BRCC school of nursing, Gardner-Webb University, FTCC (Fayetteville Technical Community College) as long as you take the clinical class too, and all other colleges that I am aware of, excluding those listed in number #47 question above. Check your specific college if you are not sure if you need clinical hours. It is your responsibility to do this, not mine.
49. My college requires me to have clinical hours for the nursing program admission, will this program work? It depends. Some colleges will let you work as a CNA and that will fulfill your clinical requirement. Ask your college if you have to have clinical hours in the CNA program or do work hours count.
50. How soon do I need to register? How fast do the classes fill up? Fast. Some classes fill within one day of me posting them on the website. Others, take about five days, while others take a couple weeks. It is best to register early...
51. What else do I have to pay for when taking a CNA class? Your own state exam fee. To take the NC state exam is $101.00. I do not pay your fee. You will pay that when you apply for the test date.
52. Do you sell the skills DVD to help me with the skills portion of the CNA state exam? Yes. The DVD is $30.00 if you purchase it the day or class. Or, if you would like it mailed to you, add $ on for shipping.
53. When do I find out the test results for the state exam? The same day. You must pass both sections, the written and the skills to be placed on the NC Nurse Aide Registry as a CNA. You will be on the website, the Nurse Aide Registry within five business days. http://www.ncnar.org/
54. I am in a hurry to take the class and the exam, what can I do to go take my state exam sooner? You can purchase the CNA home study program and skills DVD and never come to a class. Just do it all on your own. See those links for more info on the website.
55. Will you ever postpone or cancel a CPR class? Yes, there must be a minimum number of students for the CPR instructor to come out and hold a class.
56. Where do I purchase a money order? Wal-Mart, Western Union, Amscot, your bank, post office, drug or discount stores, other places, just ask them.
57. Where do I purchase scrubs and are they required for class? No, they are not required for class, but it does give you a professional look for the state exam. Wal-Mart, medical supply stores, ebay and online all sell scrubs.
58. How fast do your classes fill up? Everyday is different. A class may fill in two days or two months. There is no answer to this question.
59. I live in another state. Can I take the CNA class and the NC state exam? Yes. Many people from South Carolina and other states come to my class and then take the NC CNA exam. I can give you the information and application to transfer your NC CNA to your state, BUT not all states let you transfer your CNA. This can change at any time, as states constantly change their fees, rules and process.
60. How long does it take to get a CNA state exam testing date? About two to three weeks after you mail in your application.
61. How long does it take to get on the NC nurse aide registry as a CNA after I pass the state exam? About five business days. http://www.ncnar.org/
62. What is the fee for the Medication Tech state exam? $25.00.
63. Are you coming back to Durham, Lumberton, Winston Salem, Morganton, Fayetteville, or Raleigh to teach CNA? No, unfortunately, my family life changed and I have to stay closer to home at this time. Your choices would be to come to the Concord location, the Charlotte location or the Greensboro location or to purchase the CNA home study program and skills DVD.
64. I heard you have a guaranteed success program. How does that work? This is valid if you take the full training CNA class, and you take the state exam within two months of taking the class. If you fail the state exam, you can attend the class again for free. The limitations are you cannot wait six, nine, twelve months after taking the class and then expect to take the CNA exam and pass. You will forget everything you learned in the class. Take the state exam within TWO months of taking the class.
If you are a "No Call / No Show" , you will not be allowed to attend any future class. You will not be allowed to re-register in the future.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a CNA. Certified Nursing Assistants are always wanted and needed and you will be ready for a job, as soon as you pass both parts of theNurse Aide 1 exam.
Danielle Hossler, RN