Prospective CNAs in Houston, Texas must complete a nurse assistant training program that meets the state’s federal requirements. The Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) serves as the governing body to create guidelines and monitor CNA programs offered by schools within Texas. Students must attend a minimum of 75 hours of training, which includes classroom training and clinical hands on experience. Most approved programs exceed the minimum requirements to ensure students get all the knowledge and skills they need to pass the state exam and succeed on the job. Students do not come into contact with patients during the classroom training. Upon completion of that component, students attend clinical training and work under the supervision of a registered nurse — as long as they’ve passed all the required security checks. Review the following list of the top-rated state programs in Houston.
Houston Community College
Houston Community College’s course prepares students for entry-level work in the healthcare industry. The curriculum emphasizes all the knowledge and skills required to safely care for residents in all healthcare environments. Topics include safety, patients’ rights, and roles of the CNA. There are three major components of the training: Theory, skills lab, and clinical rotation at an approved long-term healthcare facility. Graduates who fulfil all the training requirements including achieving a minimum 2.0 GPA are eligible to take the State of Texas Certification Exam. The non-credit course can be completed in one semester. Financial aid is available for all who qualify.
Address: 3100 Main St., Houston TX 77002
Phone: (713) 718.2000
Pima Medical Institute
With campuses in Texas, Colorado and Arizona, Pima Medical Institute has earned a high pass rate for its 6-week nurse aide training. The 4.5-credit program gives students up to 130 hours of training, which includes 90 hours lecture/lab and 40 hours externship. Registered and experienced instructors emphasize specific skills such as infection control, nutrition, personal care, emergency procedures, communication, psychosocial needs, interpersonal skills, basic restorative services, basic nursing skills, and quality improvement. Contact the school for full details on tuition.
Address: 10201 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77024
Lone Star College
The Nurse Aide (CNA) certificate at Lone Star College is a fast track, no-credit program.
The entire program follows the guidelines outlined by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services to prepare students for the Texas Nurse Aide State Exam and a rewarding career as a Certified Nurse Aide. The course outline includes 64 classroom hours and 44 clinical hours for a total 108 contact hours. Students must also complete an additional 8 hours of training – an additional $64 applies to this special training. The cost of tuition is $892 plus $17 for insurance. Students are responsible for state exam fee, textbooks, uniform and other supplies. Financial assistance may be available for eligible students.
Address: 14955 Northwest Freeway Houston, Texas 77040
Phone: (832) 782-5000
The Vocational Nursing Institute
Graduates of the Vocational Nursing Institute’s CNA training can use their skills, understanding and knowledge to safely care for residents in hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term healthcare facilities. Applicants must provide a high school certificate or GED equivalent, evidence of the ability to read, write and understand English, results of a physical exam showing good health, results of a criminal background check, evidence of current CPR, a negative TB test, and a completed application form. The course fee is $995 inclusive of scrubs, state testing fee, name badge and externship rotation. Students must supply blood pressure cuffs and stethoscope, closed-toe white shoes, watch with second hand, and other supplies.
Address: 11201 Steeple Park Drive, Houston, TX 77065
Phone: (832) 237-2525
The Nurse Assistant course at Texas School of Business prepares students with the knowledge and skills to excel as nurse assistants in long-term care facility. Topics include infection control, resident rights, nutrition, emergency procedures, basic body mechanics, personal care skills, observation, charting, restorative services, working with the cognitively impaired and communication. The supervised clinical experience provides students with hands-on practice under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. There are 120 hours of instruction included in the curriculum. The training is approved by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and prepares graduates to pass the written and practical components of the state exam to earn licensing as a certified nurse assistant. The total cost of training is $899 inclusive of tuition, textbooks, enrollment fee and registration fee.
Address: 711 East Airtex Drive Houston, TX 77073
Phone: (281) 443-8900
Texas Health School
The Nurse Aide program provides students with the knowledge and competencies to care for patients in long-term care, acute care, and home health care facilities. Students learn how to communicate effectively with patients, help patients maintain functional independence, and protect patients’ rights. They will check vital signs, apply the principles of basic nutrition in planning meals, and adhere to infection control guidelines. Additionally, they will have the know-how to use proper body mechanics to make patients beds and lift and turn patients. Students who complete the program’s entire 100 hours (60 in the classroom and 40 in a clinical site) will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible to sit the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation to become a Certified Nurse Assistant. Class schedules are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 12:50 pm, or Monday through Thursday (6:00 pm to 10:00 pm) or Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:50 pm. Applicants must schedule a school visit, attend a personal interview, complete an application for admission, schedule an entrance exam, and attend an orientation before the first day of class. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or equivalent or take the ATB test and sign a statement that they do not have a criminal record.
Address: 11211 Katy Fwy, Suite 170, Houston, TX 77079
Phone: (713) 932-9333
Fax: (713) 932-0313
American Medical Institute
The hands-on nurse aide training at American Medical Institute gives students the tools they need to become a Certified Nurse Aid. Instructors create a stimulating, student-centered environment for learning to ensure students have the knowledge and practical skills to excel in practice. Classes meet two days a week for six weeks. The initial 40 hours of the program covers didactic training to prepare students for practical skills development in the lab and on the field at a clinical site. Applicants must be proficient in English and have a minimum eighth-grade education level. Graduates of the state-approved program are eligible to sit the state Nurse Aide Competency Exam. Written materials and textbooks are included in the cost of the program.
Address: 6902 Cook Road, Houston, TX 77072
Phone: (844) 921-4837
Active Nursing Assistant Training of Clear Lake
Students complete the Nursing Assistant Certificate program at Active Nursing in just five weeks. Several scheduling options give students a choice of day or evening classes to fit their schedules. Evening classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Day classes meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. During the fourth week, classes meet Monday through Friday to complete the clinical requirements at a nursing home. Graduates can enroll on the optional one-day acute care seminal to develop hospital-specific skills, such as EKG, blood glucose testing, critical vital signs, and telemetry placement. The fee for the optional training is $75. Tuition for the CNA program is $875. A flexible payment plan is available: $200 due upon registration, $225 on the first day of class, and the final payment of $450 due before the fourth week of class.
Address: 2511B NASA Rd., Suite 102, Seabrook, TX 77586
Chinese Community Center
The Chinese Community Center at Houston Community College sponsors an affordable nursing assistant program to help students develop the skills to care for patients, residents, or clients in a health care facility. The intensive program emphasizes the rights of patients, safety, and the nursing assistant scope of practice. The tri-level training includes instruction in the classroom, skills lab, and long-term care facility. Classes meet Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Graduates will receive a certificate which will make them eligible to take the Certification Exam for CNAs. Registration requires a high school diploma or GED, social security card, valid driver’s license or state ID, background check, negative TB and immunizations, entrance interview, and math and language assessment. Interest persons must attend an information session. Tuition is $170.
Address: 5601 West Loop S, Houston, TX 77081
San Jacinto College
Enrolling the nursing assistant program at San Jacinto College requires a current negative TB test, AHA Health Care Provider CPR, and a background check to be conducted by PreCheck. Although the state agency will certify students 16 and 17 years old, they must present a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. No high school diploma or GED is needed to complete the course. The curriculum prepares students to care for residents in a long-term care facility, hospital, doctor’s office, or home health care agency. Topics include safety and preventative measures, vital signs, positioning and transfers, infection control, body mechanics, communication, nutrition, basic nursing skills, restorative techniques, and skills practice in the lab. The clinical experience will be completed in 5 8-hour days. Program graduates will be eligible to sit the State of Texas Certified Nurse Aide Certification Exam. The course fee is $855. Students may register for the CNA and CPR programs simultaneously.
Address: 8060 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, TX 77505