San Antonio CNA Schools
Individuals who are interested in becoming CNAs can choose from training programs offered at two schools in the San Antonio area, both within a 15-minute drive from downtown. The programs at both schools prepare students to take the Texas certification exam for nurse aides. This article also includes a table that allows students to compare pertinent facts about the two schools, including size and CNA program costs, in order to make an informed decision about their education.
- Palo Alto College, almost nine miles from the city center, offers a CNA program through its continuing education department.
- St. Philip's College has a CNA program that offers both morning and night classes. Students in the CNA programs can expect to take part in classroom lectures and clinical education. St. Philip's is about three miles from downtown.
Comparison of Schools
Students need to look at a number of factors when choosing a school for their CNA training. The following table offers a convenient way to compare San Antonio's two programs.
|Palo Alto College||St. Philip's College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||9,368||12,050|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition (Fall 2017)*|| $2,760 in-district
| $2,760 in-district
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||86%||78%|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||62% for full-time students; 43% for part-time students||63% for full-time students; 41% for part-time students|
|Graduation Rate (2014 start date)*||26% (17% transfer-out rate)||23% (16% transfer-out rate)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Palo Alto College
Palo Alto College, part of the Alamo College District, offers various academic options. These include short-term certificate programs, continuing education, distance learning, technical programs and associate degree programs that can lead to immediate employment or transfer to 4-year colleges. Additionally, Palo Alto College has partnerships for training with some major companies, such as Toyota and CPS Energy.
Certified Nursing Assistant
The nurse assistant training program develops the knowledge and skills to provide basic nursing care to patients. Prior to applying, students must complete and pass the Nursing Assistant (NURA 1001) Lecture course. Applicants must be 18 years old, proficient in the English language and in good physical/mental health. They must also pass criminal background checks and be current with immunizations.
St. Philip's College
Also part of the Alamo College District, St. Philip's College is a learning institution consisting of two campus locations. In addition to offering certificate and degree programs, St. Philip's College offers non-credit classes, workshops, continuing education and distance learning programs. It also offers classes during the day, evening and on weekends.
Certified Nurse Aide Program
The nurse aide program at St. Philip's College is a 16-credit-hour program. The curriculum is similar to the one offered at Palo Alto College. Students learn basic nursing skills, body systems and learn to care for patients in long-term care facilities. A mandatory online student orientation must also be completed. Upon completion of this training, students are ready to take the Texas certification exam to become certified nurse aides.