Is A CNA Required before RN?
I'm interested in becoming a registered nurse, but I've been told by two BSN nurses that the state of Georgia now requires nurses to obtain their CNA before they can be accepted into a nursing program. Currently, I'm a high school student and I've been creating a plan to get my nursing degree in the future, but I curious to know if I have to get my CNA first (trying to get an idea of how long I will need to be in school and costs).
Hi, so I did some research and found the following in regards to your question. It doesn't state you need to be a CNA before you go into a RN or BSN program. I checked two nursing school websites and both mentioned requirements and did not mention having a previously CNA certification. Just so you know, here's the minimum many of the require for acceptance -
In addition to requiring you to hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university, to be eligible for our 12-month ABSN program, you must:
- Complete the prerequisites for the program prior to enrollment.
- Have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher (including a 3.0 GPA for all science courses).
- Submit a resume and admissions essay.
- Earn a minimum composite score of 76% on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
- Satisfactorily complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if applicable.
Also, having a CNA certification may help you get admission because of your previous experience and interest in the field.