While some aspiring medical professionals enroll in college for their degree and certifications, others choose to enter directly into the workforce. No matter the path you take, the average healthcare career track includes classes, exams, and certifications. While this can be overwhelming, the CNA Training program can help simplify the process of starting your healthcare career.
Many aspiring nurses start out as a Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA). Even as an entry-level position, obtaining a CNA license involves weeks of classes, clinical training, and a successful exam score. Luckily, all centers within the MGM Healthcare network offer on-the-job training and cover education costs for caregivers looking to advance their career.
How we support aspiring CNAs and Nurses
CNA trainees at any MGM-supported center go through the “CNA fast track.” Your facility will pay for you to go through a 3-week class schedule and cover expenses for the CNA exam at the end of those training sessions. During that time, you will also receive valuable on-the-job training that will prepare you for certification.
For those looking to pursue nursing licenses beyond CNA, these centers offer even more opportunities for further career growth. After you complete your certification and have worked at your facility for 1 full year, you can begin the next step in your nursing career. Centers offer tuition reimbursement to caregivers who wish to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN). This allows you to advance your career without having to change employers! You can stick with the team you know and trust.
With 26 locations across the Midwest, you’ll work within a small, tight-knit community with corporate-level resources. Thanks to this structure, you can form connections to those around you on a personal level with the benefits of a larger company. With these resources, your location can help you grow in your career and support you financially, physically, and emotionally along the way.
Benefits of CNA training
- Fast-track to CNA license
- Cost of education is covered
- On-the-job training
- Financial assistance for LPN license available after CNA license
- Vast network of facilities and healthcare professionals
Start Your Journey to a CNA License
What you need to become a CNA trainee:
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Complete 16 hours of on-the-job training
- Commit to attending all classes (75 hours)
- Must test and obtain CNA license once program is complete.
Real CNA Trainees
Rakehl Combs, CMT
Rakehl Combs, Certified Medication Technician (CMT) at St. Sophia Health & Rehabilitation Center in Florissant, Missouri, recently moved into her new role after earning her CNA certification through Aspire Healthcare Solutions. Having recently completed the program, Combs hopes to further pursue her career as a Registered Nurse (RN). When asked what about long-term care is most appealing, Combs stated that she works on the dementia and Alzheimer’s unit. Combs also shared that, to her, the most rewarding part of working with dementia patients is the opportunity to treat them like family.
Diamond Easterling, CNA
Diamond Easterling, CNA at St. Sophia, completed her CNA requirements in October 2020. Easterling’s experience in both the classroom and the field provided valuable skills and knowledge as she set out to begin her nursing career. Easterling’s roots in long-term care nursing trace back to her childhood when her mother was also a CNA in a nursing home. Having grown up visiting her mom at work, Easterling cherished meeting the residents and watching her mom spring into action. Now, 21 years after her mom began her CNA journey, Easterling plans to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) after also becoming certified as a pharmacy technician.