If you’re passionate about providing quality care to individuals in need and have been considering opening your own Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) school, you’ll need a comprehensive understanding of what’s involved. Enrolling in a CNA program that meets California’s regulations is a long and detailed process. But with proper planning and preparation, an aspiring entrepreneur can successfully launch their dream business.
First, you’ll need to become a licensed nurse or equivalent, as the CNA program will require advanced education and experience in the field. Subsequent to your certification, you must then obtain a license from the California Department of Public Health. In order to do so, you must submit an application including a fee of $1,200 to the Regulatory Services Division under the Nursing Program. You’ll need to provide evidence of training experience and submit detailed descriptions pertaining to faculty and staff qualifications.
After your license is approved, you’ll need to assemble your leadership team. Hire recruiters to assist in the enrollment process and instructors to teach the curriculum. Each instructor position requires a minimum of three years clinical experience in the nursing field while recruiting personnel should have experience in working with potential students. You may also need to look into local labor laws in order to ensure you are compliant.
Next, develop an acceptable instructional program that meets California standards. This program must include a minimum amount of hours in classroom instruction and hands-on training through direct care with residents. To be approved by the Department of Public Health, your proposed CNA program must meet minimum required hours for both classroom and clinical learning.
Once your program is confirmed, you can begin the enrollment process. Advertise locally to attract potential students as well as provide information about the program. Support services must be provided to those that qualify and budgeting must be prioritized in order to ensure adequate staff and supplies are available.
Lastly, ensure that the CNA program meets all California State safety and quality standards. This means that you must provide quality assurance assessments and review performance metrics on an ongoing basis. Once the CNA program is up and running, regularly review the overall quality and outcomes of student learning in order to adjust the curriculum or implementation process in order to ensure all graduates pass their exams.
Becoming an educator as a CNA school owner in California is a rewarding experience, but also a complex journey. Therefore, it is important to understand all of the details involved in order to launch a successful business. With the proper planning, licensing and administration,opening your own school is within reach.