Category Archives: Nursing School

Can I Pay for Nursing School Without Going Into Debt?

Perhaps the most common question I’ve received from nursing school students are related to the overall cost of attendance. It’s good that students are thinking more and more about how much their tuition will cost, but it’s not a good thing that students are more willing to take on large amounts of student loan debt in order to attend school. Let’s face it—nursing school is expensive, and unless you’re going to school to be a CNA (which is much cheaper), you’re going to have to find a way to pay for it. Most people can’t afford to pay their tuition up front, which is totally fine, but unfortunately they resort to taking out student loans right away instead of trying to find a better solution. Let’s take a look at some of the things that you can do to pay for your nursing school without racking up a huge amount of debt.

Cutting costs is one of the best things that you can do, and it doesn’t require you to apply for scholarships or really do any kind of application. You might be wondering how it’s possible to cut costs when it comes to tuition, but it is definitely possible. First of all, housing is one of the biggest costs that can be cut from your tuition bill. For some reason, students automatically think that they need to live on campus in order to get the “full college experience.” Whether you’re talking about nursing school, or some other major, this doesn’t seem to matter—people have the same drive toward living on campus. The problem with living on campus (instead of living at home still), is that it costs a tremendous amount of money, and a lot can be saved by living at home. Sure, you won’t be able to partake in some of the dorm room shenanigans, but you’ll be glad you made that choice when school is over and you’re not left with a mountain of debt to pay back.

That’s just one way to save money on your nursing school tuition, but this blog will be updated regularly with all sorts of money saving tips and other information about nursing school and certified nursing assistant classes. Hopefully this post allowed you to see that you don’t have to jump into a mountain of student loan debt just because everyone else is, and that there are affordable ways to attend nursing school or pay for your certified nursing assistant courses.


I’m a huge fan of Dave Ramsey, and his wisdom of the realm of personal finance. Check out this post, 5 Debt-Free Ways to Pay for College (and Still Save for Retirement).

How Long Will it Take Me to Get Through CNA, LPN or LVN Training?

Whenever you’re thinking about embarking on a new educational program, it’s important to consider a wide range of factors. Cost, length of time, difficulty—all of these things are great things to think about. Today, this article is going to cover length of time—how long it takes to complete a CNA training program. There are many variables to be covered here, so let’s get started!

Let’s look at the averages first. In general, CNA training classes tend to last a matter of months, not years like studying to become an RN. How many months exactly depends upon the school or organization offering the classes, as well as how frequently you attend your classes. For example, if you attend classes on a nightly basis during the week, you’ll finish much quicker than someone who only attends classes on the weekends.

Another factor in how long your training will last is the requirements of the state that you live in. Some states require slightly longer training durations than others, and some states don’t allow any training to be done online, where some states do. If you’re able to take training online, that can alter the amount of time it takes you to finish because you might be able to study at night or after you get off work. In contrast, if you had to take classes in person, you might be stuck attending only when you can, based on your other obligations.

Either way, it’s a good idea to plan for at least a few months of training to become a CNA. After your classes are done, you still have other obligations before you become certified (for even more information about this, check out CNA Classes Central.com). You’ll need to make sure that you attend and pass the clinical portion of the classes, and then you’ll need to register for and pass the state CNA exam. Once you pass all of these things, you’ll be able to obtain a listing in your state’s nurse aide registry and then begin working.

After you have become a CNA, you may wish to consider CNA to LPN programs, otherwise known as CNA to LVN programs in California and Texas. The term LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) is the primary term used across the United States, which the Licensed Vocational Nurse is traditionally exclusive to California and Texas.

If you have any questions about how this process works for CNA, LPN or LVN in your specific state, then get in touch with your local department of health and human services. This is generally the department that handles certification and training requirements for certified nursing assistants and other medical specialties. The should be a main number that you can call in order to get in touch with someone so that you can find out exactly what you need to do, and exactly how long it will take.

Does Nursing Pay Well Compared to Other Careers?

One of the most common questions that anyone has when starting a new career is: how much money will I make? This is a fair question, and something that’s important to consider. It’s definitely not a wise idea to get into a career without knowing first how much money you’ll make. If you were to do that, you could end up wasting time and money on school, only to find out that you aren’t going to be able to earn enough money. So, how do you avoid that? It’s simple actually…you just do a little research beforehand to find out exactly what people in your chosen profession (nursing and certified nursing assistants in this case) actually make. It’s also a good idea to look at an average number, because some people will make more, and some people will make less. This especially depends on where you live (in a rural area vs the city) and some other factors like previous work experience.

Generally speaking, RNs make much more than CNAs, but part of the reason for that is because their jobs entail more responsibilities, and they have to be in school much longer. On average, CNAs can expect to make around $10-$14 per hours, where RNs can expect to make nearly double that amount. Again, this pay rate is related to the amount of time that they spend in school, as well as the job duties. Nurses generally have more difficult and complex job duties compared to CNAs, and so it makes sense that they should be paid more.

This doesn’t mean that CNAs make low pay, in fact, nothing could be more untrue. Actually, for the short amount of time that they are in school, certified nursing assistants are actually paid very well. The rates can vary though depending upon what type of facility you’re working in. For example, if you’re working in a group home or state-sponsored nursing home, you might be making less per hour than if you’re working for a private company that has more funds at their disposal. The same holds true for an RN who is working in a county hospital vs a private practice setting. Obviously in that example the nurse working in private practice would be earning much more because the doctors are billing the patients for more expensive services.

Whether you choose to be a CNA or an RN, you can expect to make a good, competitive wage and earn more than if you were working in a job that didn’t require education. In fact, most people in the medical industry consider their jobs to be very well paying, and the salaries in general for nursing and the medical industry overall tend to be on the higher end in terms of overall careers.