Nurse Assisting FAQ’s Concurrent Enrollment
How do I register for Concurrent Enrollment?
What is the last day I can register for the program?
Registration for CNA programs close one week before the start of a program. No exceptions.
By when do I need to have the CNA checklist complete?
The CNA checklist must be complete by the first day of class or students will be dropped from the program.
Do I need to bring the CNA checklist and documents with class to me on the first day or will my HS Counselor submit them for me?
You are expected to bring the checklist and your documentation to give to your instructor. Your HS Counselor should not be holding the information for you.
Can I stay in the program if I miss the first day of class?
No. If you miss the first day of class you will be dropped from the program.
Can I enroll in the program if I am an undocumented student?
Yes. However, students without a SS# will not be able to take the state board exam upon completion of the program.
Can I still get a job if I don’t become a licensed CNA?
Yes. Students who do not become a licensed CNA can get a job as a home health aide. However, licensing is strongly encouraged as there are more job opportunities and higher rates of pay for licensed Certified Nurse Assistants.
Is there a limit as to how many concurrent enrollment students can be registered for each cohort?
Yes. Only two CE students can register per cohort.
What if I have to miss class for high school meetings or sports, i.e. senior meetings, school dances, ACT tests, other college finals?
Students need to think about potential conflicts prior to registering for the program. The attendance policy for the CNA program is very strict and absences for high school activities will not be excused. If students foresee conflicts, they should register for a different program.
What grades do I need to earn in order to pass tests and classes?
Students need to earn a 77% or higher on quizzes and tests in order to be considered a passing grade.
Are there opportunities outside of class time to practice what I’m learning in class?
Yes. The CNA program has open lab on Fridays from 7:30-11:30am for students to study. There is no formal instruction during these hours, but there is an instructor available.
Where will I complete clinicals?
Clinicals take place at one of the following places; Briarwood, Life Care Center in Aurora, Life Care Center in Westminster.
Are clinicals offered during the same time as my classes?
Clinicals do not take place during your typical class time. As a guide, you can expect to attend four days of clinicals from 6:20am to 2:30pm. Your instructor will let you know where and what times your specific clinical will take place on the first day of class.
How old do I have to be in order to register for the state board exam?
You need to be at least 17 years of age. Please note that in some places of employment, the minimum hiring age is 18.
How do I register for the state board exam - what is the process?
- After finishing clinicals, student names are submitted by the CNA Program Coordinator to the state board licensing office. Student names must match the personal government issued ID from the student.
- Students will then get an email from Pearson Vue containing a link for preliminary registration. This is to set up the username and password. This email contains a link that is good for ONE TIME ONLY. A student cannot return to the email and open it again to finish later. If the student makes a mistake during this process, they will need to call Pearson Vue to reset it and have another link sent.
- Students will then get a second email from Pearson Vue to complete the application process to test. Students need to pay for the test at the time of registration. The cost is currently $123. Registration for the test needs to be completed on a computer, not a cell phone or tablet.
- Students should not go to the Pearson Vue website ahead of time to pre-register or register, this creates duplicate names in the system and is not easy to fix.
- Students with disabilities must call Pearson Vue to self-identify and make arrangements for state testing accommodations.
Are scholarships available to help me pay for the state board exam?
Scholarship money may be available to pay for your exam. Contact the Emily Griffith Concurrent Enrollment Coordinator to learn more.