Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? We have answers!

How much does the program cost?

The NextStep Nursing Assistant program is tuition free. To be eligible, you’ll agree to take a job with one of our respected employer partners for at least 90 days after certification. NextStep will work with you on the best job match and will consider your needs and preferences. Learners are responsible for state exam fees.

Are there additional costs?

NextStep graduates must cover the cost of the CNA exam. Learners in Washington will be required to purchase a textbook.

How long do I have to complete the program?

Most learners complete the Nursing Assistant program in five to eight weeks. Because it’s important that your knowledge be fresh when you start your first job as a CNA, we require all learners to complete the course in no more than 16 weeks.

Where do I take the course?

NextStep’s Nursing Assistant program uses a blended-learning approach. You can complete the theory portion of the course on any device with a web browser, including mobile phones, tablets and computers. Then, you’ll attend our in-person practice labs and clinicals at a facility in your geographic area.

How quickly can I complete the course?

For learners wanting to complete the Nursing Assistant program as quickly as possible, we suggest a five-week schedule.

What is included in the course?

NextStep’s Nursing Assistant program uses a blended-learning approach to make learning flexible and easy. The program includes the theory portion of the course (which is completed via app on any device with a web browser); in-person practice labs and clinicals; and an exam-prep session.

Is the course state approved?

NextStep’s Nursing Assistant program is currently approved in Colorado and Washington. We’re expanding to other states soon! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to stay up to date on our programs. 

What do NextStep graduates say about the course?

Our graduates are NextStep’s biggest fans. They tell us they loved how flexible and easy the program is and appreciate the support they received from their mentors along the way. But don’t take our word for it. You can hear directly from NextStep learners and graduates here.

What is a mentor and how frequently do I speak with my mentor?

We match every learner in the Nursing Assistant program with an experienced CNA mentor. Your mentor is there to support you from the moment you enroll through your first 90 days on the job. From setting course goals to general cheerleading, your mentor is invested in your success. And, because every mentor is a CNA, they can answer all your questions about being a professional caregiver.

What kind of job can NextStep help me get?

NextStep’s employer partners range from skilled nursing facilities and senior living communities to home care agencies. Graduates are placed as full-time CNAs with employer partners who match their geographic and career preferences.

Is employment guaranteed?

Learners who meet all state certification requirements are guaranteed a job placement offer with one of NextStep’s respected employer partners. 

Is NextStep an employment agency?

No. NextStep is a training-to-placement Nursing Assistant program. We partner with respected employers who cover the cost of training when you agree to a minimum of 90 days employment after graduation. This partnership allows us to provide tuition-free training and post-certification jobs to learners! 

Do I have to take a background check?

A background check is required for participation in the NextStep Nursing Assistant program and for certification in many states. If you have any criminal offenses on your record, you may be ineligible.

Can I get recertified as a CNA through NextStep?

Absolutely! Our mentors can work with you to determine your best path to recertification.

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