Lexington, KY, CNA Schools
Individuals interested in becoming CNAs have two options available to them in the Lexington, KY, area, both about a 10-minute drive from the city center. A table comparing the schools, with information on enrollment, acceptance rate, graduation percentages and tuition, follows the brief description of program availability listed below.
- The University of Kentucky is a 4-year public university that offers a state registered nurse aide training program. Located about a mile from downtown, this university offers the lowest program cost of the two schools.
- Bluegrass Community and Technical College, about 3 miles from downtown Lexington, offers a nursing aide course that meets Medicaid standards. This community college is the smaller of the two schools, and 92% of new students receive financial aid.
Comparison of Lexington CNA Schools
For CNA students, both of these schools seem similar. Students who want the experience of attending class on a large campus may lean toward the university. Remember, though, that University of Kentucky nursing students get first access to slots in the CNA program; Bluegrass Community and Technical College accepts all valid program applicants.
|University of Kentucky||Bluegrass Community and Technical College|
|School Type||Four-year, public||Two-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||29,465||9,478|
|Program Cost (2017-2018)||$584**||$746***|
|% of Full-Time Beginning Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2017)*||94%||92%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||96%||N/A - Open Admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)*|| 83% for full-time students,
48% for part-time students
| 54% for full-time students,
42% for part-time students
|Graduation Rate*||65% (students beginning in 2011)||19% (15% transfer-out rate) (students beginning in 2014)|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **University of Kentucky, ***Bluegrass Community and Technical College.
University of Kentucky
The University of Kentucky, located in Lexington, is home to a well-respected School of Nursing, which offers the CNA program. It is a unique program for the university in that a student doesn't necessarily have to be accepted to the nursing school to participate in it. While those who have been accepted to the School of Nursing have first dibs on enrolling in State Registered Nurse Aide program, non-students can fill remaining slots.
State Registered Nurse Aide Certificate Program
The nurse aid program grants a certificate upon completion and prepares students to take the state competency test. This intensive, hands-on program offers daytime or evening schedules. The program consists of receiving American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) training, which is required for all nursing students, as well as classroom instruction and clinical experience. Lectures and BLS training are usually held during the week, and clinical experiences are scheduled for weekends.
To be accepted into this program, prospective students must have a current tuberculosis screening, possess a social security card, and submit to a criminal background check. There are also several supplies students will need to buy, including books and clinical supplies.
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Bluegrass Community and Technical College has six campuses located in central Kentucky. It first opened in 2005 in a consolidation of Central Kentucky Technical College and Lexington Community College. It offers around 40 areas of study and courses are available both on campus and online. The Nursing Division at Bluegrass Community and Technical College offers a Medicaid Nurse Aide program.
Medicaid Nurse Aide
This program prepares students to take the State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA) exam; passing this exam is a requirement for those who want to work as CNAs or further their education by completing an associate's degree program in nursing. Upon acceptance to this program, students can register for the Medicaid Nurse Aide course. Students should note that this course is Blackboard-enhanced, which means that students will have to be able to access their college-assigned email and Blackboard account to view assignments, announcements, and other information. This course provides both classroom instruction and clinical experience.