Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) play a critical role as a part of the healthcare team. They provide basic care under the supervision of RNs or LPNs. Since they spend a great deal of time with patients, compared to other medical professionals, they can pass on critical information that can impact patients’ lives and progress. In accordance with the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) policies, CNAs must fulfill the education requirements, which includes 75 hours of blended classroom and clinical instruction at a licensed nursing facility. Program graduates are eligible to take the nurse aide competency evaluation for placement on the Texas Nurse Aide Registry. Certified nursing assistants work primarily in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, adult day care centers, and hospitals.
Brightside Institute prepares students for employment in care facilities through their professional nurse assistant training program. Students learn the principles, skills, and concepts needed to function as entry-level healthcare providers. In addition to classroom instruction, students learn through a series of instructor-guided practice in a simulated lab setting. They also develop their learned skills off-campus through a clinical rotation at a long-term adult care facility. Prospective students must be 18 years or older, possess a high school diploma, receive background clearance, and provide a copy of their social security and driver’s license. Applicants must also purchase red scrubs for the clinical and pay the $100 deposit, which counts towards the tuition. BSI offers accelerated weekday classes that meet Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 3:30 pm for three weeks. New classes begin every month. The weekend classes meet Saturday and Sunday for 8 weekends. Tuition for the training is $800 for the weekday course and $900 for weekend training. An interest-free payment plan is available for all students. The tuition includes reading materials, gait belt, and stethoscope. Students are responsible for textbooks, uniform, and the state exam fee.
Address: 1301 West Parker Rd, Ste 104, Plano, Texas 75023
Phone: (972) 302-3639
Toll Free: (888) 843-3599
Sira Career Training
Sira Career Training’s Board approved training targets students interested in a career as a nursing assistant. The course is a four-week program comprising of 48 hours of classroom lecture, 12 lab hours and 40 hours of clinical practice in a skilled nursing facility. The curriculum covers core modules such as introduction to long-term care, basic nursing skills, restorative services, social skills, personal care skills, mental health and social services and supervised clinic training. Topics such as infection control, rehabilitation techniques, safety and emergency procedures, monitoring body functions, therapeutic communication, and resident rights all prepare graduates to provide safe and competent direct care services while respecting cultural diversity and federal requirements for nursing assistant students. Sira facilitates day and evening programs to meet the varying schedules of busy adults. Tuition for the training is $800 plus expenses for the course textbook, uniform, and supplies. An installment plan is available for all students.
Address: 2115 Teakwood, Ste 100, Plano, Texas 75075
Phone: (972) 758-8700
CE Global Health Education Network
Students complete the CNA course at CE Global Health in 4 to 5 weeks, depending on the class schedule. Course instructors emphasize safe and effective care and respect for patients’ dignity. Applicants must be 18 years or older, possess a high school diploma or GED, a negative TB test or chest x-ray, and pass a criminal background check. Applicants must also submit a copy of their social security card and driver’s license and the applicable down payment to reserve a seat. In the classroom, students learn basic nursing principles, vital signs, infection control, safety and emergency procedures, restorative and rehabilitation techniques, patient rights, personal hygiene, and communication and interpersonal relationships. Students develop essential skills in a simulated lab setting before transferring to a local nursing facility to provide direct care services under the supervision of a licensed nurse instructor. CE Global offers day classes (5 weeks) and weekend classes (6 weeks). Graduates are eligible to take the nurse aide competency exam at GE Global’s facility. Applicants must pay the $200 deposit upon submission of the application; a loner textbook is available for all students.
Address: 2121 Northwest Hwy., #106, Garland, TX 75041
PCI Health Training Center
The Patient Care Technician Program prepares a graduate to work as an entry-level Patient Care Technician in a hospital, nursing home, or long-term care facility. Graduates of this program will be able to assist nurses and physicians in medical examinations and basic laboratory procedures and in assisting with basic nursing care services. Students will learn to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), electrocardiograms (EKGs), phlebotomy, check vital signs, nurse assistant duties, and basic emergency first aid.
The Patient Care Technician Program is taught utilizing a combination of classroom lecture, practical exercises in the medical laboratory, and real-world, on the job experience during the externship portion of training. The PCT course includes training to enable you to take exams to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA).
Address: 1300 International Parkway, Richardson TX 75081
The following schools are also authorized to offer nursing assistant training for adults and high school students in Plano, TX. Contact the provider to request details on each specific program.
Superior Medical Training, Inc
4800 Preston Park Blvd (C/O Kimberly Head)
Plano, Texas 75093
Plano West Senior High School #1
5601 W Parker Rd
Plano, Texas 75093
PSHS – Plano Senior High School
2200 Independence Pkwy
Plano, Texas 75075