FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is Tennessee Health Careers an accredited school?
Tennessee Health Careers is an approved Nurse Aide Training program with the TN Dept of Health and authorized to operate as a post-secondary institution by the TN Higher Education Commission. We are not a Title IV School such as a college or university.
Will this class transfer to college credit?
Our program is 110 contact hours; it is the decision of the receiving college/university if the contact hours can be transferred to credit hours. Our program is accepted by Hopkinsville Community College as a prerequisite for their nurse aide training class.
Can I get a copy of my transcripts?

Tennessee Health Careers offers a certificate of completion and therefore does not have transcripts stating college credit.  The certificate of completion should be presented to the receiving school as it states hours of completion/contact hours. On occasion, we complete a letter which states this.

Are a CNA and a CMA (medical assistant) the same?

No an MA has a 2-year degree; a CNA has a certificate of completion of training. An MA works in a physician’s offices, has multiple duties that include medical and administrative. They work under the supervision of a Dr. CNA’s provide basic nursing care, and does not perform invasive procedures, they typically work in hospitals, nursing homes or home health care. They work under the supervision of an RN or LPN.

The pay is about the same in this area.

Is a CNT the same as a CNA?

A CNT (certified nursing technician) is the same.

What exactly does a CNA do?

A CNA provides basic nursing care which includes assistance with dressing, bathing, dressing, eating, mobility and toileting. They also take vital signs, obtain specimens, observe and report information, as well as many other tasks. To view a sample job description please go to the bottom of the About Us page. CNA’s work in settings such as a Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Home Health Care. They work under the supervision of an LPN or RN.

VIEW A Sample CNA Job Description

Are there any age requirements to take the program?

Students must be at least 16 years old. There is no age limit after that. Our program consists of a wide variety of age groups starting at 16 all the way through late 70’s.

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Are you approved for veterans training under the GI Bill?

Yes we are approved for veterans training under the GI Bill. Please visit http://gibill.va.gov with questions regarding your VA education benefits or call 1-888-442-4551 with any questions you may have regarding your VA benefits.

Do you accept the MyCAA, My Career Advancement Account, through Military One Source?

Yes we are approved for the MyCAA program. Please visit https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa/default.aspx

for more information about the MyCAA program or call 1-800-342-9647 with any

questions you may have regarding the MyCAA program.

I’m middle aged and haven’t been to school in years but have always wanted to be in healthcare, am I too old? Will I be in a class with others my age?

You’re never too old to follow your dreams! Our program hosts a wide variety of students from all backgrounds, cultures and ages. Each class is very diverse and while we can’t guarantee that you will be in class with someone your exact age, there are many people in your situation that ask us this question every day. Don’t feel intimidated by having not been in the classroom in a while, our Instructors make learning fun and easy.

I have severe test anxiety. Will this affect my ability to be successful in the program?

There are 3 tests and 1 final exam through out the duration of the program. The student must have a cumulative average grade of 70% or greater to pass theory. All of our tests are available on audio CD.

This helps people with test anxiety to focus on the question, by having it read to them orally, rather than worrying about reading it correctly or misunderstanding. If you know you have test anxiety, talk to your Instructor on the first day. The two of you can work together to find a way to help you be successful.

Can I start a day class and switch to evenings or weekends if I need to?

Unfortunately, once you start one class you cannot switch to another one. We only accept 15 students per class and most of the time our classes run at capacity. Also, each class runs at a different pace. Even though it covers the same material, it’s presented in different time slots which doesn’t allow for easy transfers. We encourage you to find a class that you will be able to start and complete in its entirety before registering. If you start a class and cannot finish, we will issue you a refund before 27 hours are completed. There is no refund allotted after 28 hours.

Please see our refund policy by clicking here.

Do you have to have a High School Diploma or GED to be accepted?

No, a HS diploma or GED is not required for our program.

I’m pregnant can I still take the course?

You must be able to meet all of the requirements in order to be successful in the program. One of these requirements is being able to move/push/lift up to 50 pounds without any restrictions. If you meet all of the requirements, you can certainly take the course.

Do you offer Job Placement?

We offer job placement assistance. On your first day of class, you will receive a folder of information. Included in this folder is a list of facilities through the community and surrounding area that like to hire our new graduates. This list includes all of these facilities’ contact information for you to get started.

You’ll also receive a username and password to access our JobsBoard online. Our JobsBoard is made up of current CNA job openings that different agencies, home care facilities, and long-term care facilities have requested that we post exclusively for our students. This is also helpful when starting your job search.

What is the average wage for a CNA in this area?

It is $8.75 to $13.00 an hour.

Are the clinical hours included in the 110 program hours?

Yes, our program is comprised of 60 hours of theory and 50 hours of clinical. Students spend the first half of class in the classroom and lab setting and then do their clinical in a long-term care facility

On the first day of class, the student is given a class calendar which indicates which days are classroom days and which days are clinical days.

If I have a past conviction on my record, can I still take the class?

It is extremely important if you have had a past conviction, that you disclose it on your application. We run criminal record checks on all of our students. If it is disclosed ahead of time, our Coordinator will run your criminal record check early and will determine if you meet the eligibility requirements before you start the course. Please refer to our criminal record policy which states,

“Individuals with a positive criminal record may have difficulty finding gainful employment in the healthcare field and may not be eligible for license.  Because of this, TN Health Careers has adopted a strict criminal record policy. All applicants with a felony charge or conviction will not be allowed into the program.  Applicants with misdemeanor charges 

Applicants with misdemeanor charges or convictions will be considered on a case by case basis. (You can view the policy in its entirety by clicking here.)

Do I have to wear scrubs for the class portion too?

Yes, you must wear Cherokee blue scrubs and white shoes, white socks to each and every class and clinical day.

What is a TB skin test?

It is an injection given just under the skin to test for a reaction. Once the TB skin test is given the student must return 48-72 hours after to have the test read. A positive reaction may indicate the individual has been exposed to TB or has active TB. If an individual tests positive to confirm the person has active TB a chest x-ray is taken.

Where can I get a TB test?

You can go to your physician’s office, Walgreens Walk-In Clinic, Rite-Aid Clinic, Doctor’s care clinic no appointment necessary or with an appointment at Premier Medical; fees apply if not covered by your insurance.

Will the TB test I had done for my employer meet your needs?

Yes, as long as it was given within the past 12 months it will be just fine.

If I get a TN license, can I work in other states?

You would need to contact the other state’s Board of Nursing or Department of Health to find out if your license is transferable.

I have a license from another state; can I just test out of your program?

You would need to contact Tennessee Department of Health, Nurse Aide Registry to find out what they will require of you. Their number is (800) 778-4504 or contact Connie Scruggs she handles all transfers from other states and challenges to the state exam. Her number is (615) 741-7373.

How do I reschedule my state certification test?

We schedule your initial test for you on your last day of class.  After we have submitted all of the paperwork for you, you would need to contact the testing company, D & S Diversified Technologies with scheduling issues or other questions regarding the test at 1-877-201-0758.

What if I start a class and have to miss time? Can I make it up?

Please refer to our attendance policy.

Do you offer any programs other than the CNA?

We only offer the CNA program at this time.