Fort Worth CNA Schools
Students interested in becoming CNAs (certified nurse aides or assistants) in Texas must complete a state-approved nurse aide program and pass a competency evaluation examination per the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. There are several schools in or near Fort Worth, TX, that offer approved nurse aide training programs. This article profiles two of these schools, both of which are less than 40 minutes from downtown Fort Worth. Also provided is a table comparing valuable school information and a short paragraph mentioning a couple other school choices.
- Situated 16.1 miles from downtown, the University of Texas at Arlington offers students two paths towards becoming a CNA: a basic certified nurse aide course or a patient care technician program.
- Mountain View College, which is 31.2 miles from downtown Fort Worth, offers a certified nurse aide training program.
Comparison of Schools
Choosing the right program and school can often be difficult. The table below makes it easy to compare school details and make an informed decision.
|University of Texas at Arlington||Mountain View College|
|School Type||4-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||46,497||10,220|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$9,952 in-state; $25,152 out-of-state||$1,770 in-district; $3,330 in-state; $5,220 out-of-state|
|% of Full-Time Beginning Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||85%||67%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||71%||Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||71% full-time students, 55% part-time students||60% full-time students, 45% part-time students|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate||50% (31% transfer-out) for students beginning in 2011||10% (16% transfer-out) for students beginning in 2014|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Texas at Arlington is a large school - the second largest in the University of Texas system - that serves the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The school's Division for Enterprise Development offers technology, personal enrichment, career development and health care profession programs. A certified nurse aide program and a patient care technician program are available for individuals interested in careers as CNAs.
Certified Nurse Aide
The University of Texas at Arlington offers the certified nurse aide program several times a year, with classroom training held at the College of Nursing's Smart Hospital, a virtual hospital designed for training nursing students. The 100-hour curriculum includes 60 classroom hours and 40 clinical hours; the program can be completed in less than two months. Students gain the skill and knowledge to care for patients and assist as part of a health care team. Clinical training is held Fridays and Saturdays at Arbrook Plaza. Applicants must have current immunizations and be able to lift 50 lbs. Program tuition includes the state exam fee and uniforms.
Patient Care Technician
The patient care technician program prepares students to work in various medical facilities as certified nurse aides, EKG technicians or phlebotomy technicians. Classes are held in the evenings (with some daytime clinical training) and consist of 220 hours; 160 hours of clinicals are also required. Acquired skills include providing general patient care, observing and recording patients' vital signs and measurements, drawing blood and documenting electrocardiograms. Students also complete EKG and phlebotomy externships. Upon completion of training, which takes around six months, students are eligible to take nurse aide, EKG technician and phlebotomy technician certification exams.
To be eligible for this program, the applicant must have proof of an earned high school diploma, current immunizations, drug screening and the ability to lift 50 lbs. Program fees include fees for all three certification exams, plus textbooks, CPR certification and uniforms.
Mountain View College
Mountain View College, part of the Dallas County Community College District, offers academic programs, economic and workforce development programs and continuing education. CNA training is offered through the school's continuing education program.
Certified Nurse Assistant Training Program
It takes roughly three months to complete this certificate program. Students learn to provide daily care to patients in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. They also learn how to observe patients, assist them with their daily needs, respect patients' rights and communicate with patients. Interaction with other members of the health care team is emphasized in this class.
Other School Options
Students can also find CNA programs at Brookhaven College, located 37 miles away in Farmers Branch, TX (and also part of the Dallas County Community College District).