Just a few short years ago, a news article was published regarding a certain CNA training scam that surprised and shocked many students. According to the article, students were given an opportunity to enter a three week program at no cost; once they completed their training and earned their first paycheck, they were then obligated to pay the CNA training program back for all of the free coursework that helped them succeed.
For many students, this sounded like a dream come true. Unfortunately, it was a nightmare. Students attended the three week program, sacrificing their jobs, their lives, and their time to train. At the end, the grades they earned and their names were not given to the state board of nursing. This meant that none of them were able to obtain their certification and go on to work as CNAs.
Because of this, and a great many other stories you can easily find by researching CNA training scams online, it’s important for students to pick and choose the course they decide to take very carefully. Some scams don’t seem like they actually are scams, but if they prevent you from continuing your career- or even getting started, then you are definitely being taken for a ride.
So, how do you identify these CNA training scams?
Identify CNA Training Scams
- Your State Board of Nursing- Whenever you decide to take a CNA training course, your first call should always be to your state board of nursing. While some courses, like those offered by public school systems and local colleges, are obviously legit, it still is best to give the board of nursing a call and see what they have to say about the program. If they haven’t heard of the program you’re thinking of attending, stay away from it. Legit courses are approved by your state board of nursing; without their approval, you can’t earn your certification.
- Pushy Salesman- When you talk to the director of the program, do they seem to be pushy or salesman-like? If they are doing everything within their power to get you to agree to attend their program, this should raise red flags. While the program could be legitimate (although with this type of response, it’s unlikely,) the CNA training instructor may be pushy because he or she gets paid per student that enrolls. This often indicates the CNA training program is low quality.
- Google Search- Take a few moments to go to Google and search “CNA training + the name of the program.” You’ll immediately be able to scan through information about the company behind the program and the course itself. Don’t just look at the website, though; take a look and see if you can find any reviews from past students. Their experience could help you determine if the CNA training class is legitimate or not.
Don’t Fall for CNA Training Scams
Are you looking for a CNA course? Be careful which one you choose and use these tips to determine if you’re being scammed before you enroll in CNA training.