CNA Schools in San Antonio, TX with Course and Class Summaries

Nov 12, 2018

Few schools in San Antonio, TX, have courses and programs for CNAs (certified nursing assistants or aides). Read an overview of some of these CNA programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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
$7,170 in-state
$13,770 out-of-state
$2,760 in-district
$7,170 in-state
$13,770 out-of-state
% 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.

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