CNA Program Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to the CNA Program's most commonly asked questions.

FAQ Questions

General

No, CNA Program classes do not require you to take the ACCUPLACER.

No, you do not need a high school diploma or HSE (formerly GED) to take classes for the TMCC CNA Program.

  • There are a variety of class options. TMCC may offer CNA classes as short as 7 weeks (Fast Track/Dynamic) and up to 15 weeks or 3-1/2 months (full semester).
  • Class options may include days, evenings, and/or weekends. 
  • In addition, we offer classes at both Dandini Campus and TMCC's Health Science Center.

Yes, you can use financial aid, grants and/or scholarships to pay for classes in the CNA Program. Please contact the TMCC Financial Aid Office for more information.

You must be 16 years of age or older to take the TMCC CNA Program classes.

Contact the TMCC CNA Program Office for information on your status.

It must be a Basic Life Support (BLS) or equivalent. Your CPR qualifications may not have included hands-on skills, which must be completed by an American Heart Association or American Red Cross certified instructor. 

See Also: CNA Program Prerequisites

No, it's not a requirement; however, it is always a good idea to explore your academic options with TMCC's Academic Advisement staff.

In case of an incident requiring medical attention, you must have your own insurance coverage.

Background Checks

No, the CNA Program requires that you submit the receipt only.

Yes, background checks are valid for one year from date of issue, so as long as it does not expire during the duration of the CNA Program classes, you can continue to use it.

No, you must use the currently-contracted background check company authorized by TMCC's CNA Program.

See Also: CNA Program Prerequisites

The rejection notice you receive will provide you with the steps to clear up any discrepancies.

The background check will be looking for any unlawful activities; any abuse against law, property and others.

If you did not receive a receipt for your background check, you will need to contact the provider. You may need to return to their website for contact information.

Drug Testing

If the drug test included prescription drugs, you will get a call within three days from a Medical Review Officer (MRO) to review the results with you.

Yes, drug tests are valid for one year from date of issue, so as long as it does not expire during the duration of the CNA Program classes, it will fulfill the requirements.

If it will expire during the CNA Program classes, you will not be eligible to be released to enroll in the CNA classes, so you will need to re-take the drug test.

No, please refer to back to our contracted company (www.mystudentcheck.com).

You should receive a drug slip and directions for testing, including location, within 24–72 hours after opening your account with the drug test service. Be sure to check your spam filter for their notification email.

Note: If your drug test results will expire during your school term, you will need to re-take it to be eligible for the CNA Program.

If your drug test was rejected you will need to speak with the Medical Review Officer (MRO) when they contact you and go over your results.

Notification should be within 24 to 48 hours after the test is analyzed.

Immunizations

Your personal health records may be available through your high school transcripts.

You can also check with your local health department or ask your parents or your physician.

If you have served in the military, your records should be available to you from the government.

To be admitted to the CNA Program, you must provide documentation of one of the following:

  • Two vaccinations
  • Positive antibody titer
  • Medically-documented history of disease by a healthcare provider

No, not if they are current. 

Be sure to look at your TB and Tetanus records, as they do expire. If they will expire during the CNA Program classes, you will need to have current immunizations before you are eligible to enroll in the CNA Program classes.

If you have had your immunizations but are unable to locate your records, you can have blood drawn (titer) as proof.

Note: if you were born before 1956 you do not have to show proof of immunity to MMR.

Immunizations are required because TMCC wants to protect you and our clients, and because the clinical sites we work with require them.

State Certification and Testing

Yes. Visit the Headmaster LLC website for details and forms.

Testing is conducted through Headmaster LLC; please visit their website for current pricing information.

While TMCC does not help with job placement, on occasion recruiters from local healthcare facilities do visit our CNA classes. Being in the facilities during clinical may help you in your job search, and also help you to determine if this is the career for you.

You may also access TMCC employment resources such as the Career Center.