So think might officially being falling into place with me with school. It seriously seems like I can never catch a break when it comes to school!
I was hoping to take the CNA class this semester so that I could start working in the medical field next year, but things have been wonky over the summer. See, I applied for financial aid, and I guess I don't qualify. I then applied for school loans, which I was fine to take out because it's less than $2000 a year and I could pay it off before interest starts accruing because they would be subsidized loans (meaning interest free until 6 months after I stop taking classes, which I did not know...). BUT I didn't know it takes over a month to process the application so I didn't make the deadline. The CNA class alone is over $700 and I have to take a medical terminology class at the same time which adds another $300. So since I don't have that kind of money laying around and I'm, ya know, PLANNING A WEDDING IN TWO MONTHS, I kind of gave up hope on taking any classes this semester.
Enter: loving family who wants me to go to school and gave me some money for the wedding, which I am putting towards school instead. I figured that if I survive off of refried beans and tortillas until the wedding and not spend an extra cent, I will have enough to cover both classes and be able to feed guests at my wedding more than chips and salsa. (I'm going to give them a real treat: shish-kabobs!)
But wait, I wasn't planning on taking the CNA class, which means I didn't have any of the important 'things' I needed to qualify for the class!
Well good news, I'm somehow pulling it off. Here's what I've had to do so far:
TB Skin Test- I was already at the doctors today, so I asked them to give me a TB skin test to prove I don't have TB. (Wouldn't I kind of know if I have TB...?) Know I just have to go back Wednesday morning and get it 'read'.
Immunizations- I have to have had 2 MMR vaccines and have gotten a TDAP vaccine within the past ten years, which I know I got in high school. I have no idea where the info would be, so I called up my dad to see if he had my immunization records and yay, he did! The TDAP wasn't on there though, so I'm going to call my old school tomorrow or just go get another shot.
CPR Certificate: The last and most important thing that I wasn't sure I could get away with quickly was taking a Healthcare Provider CPR class. They fill up extremely quick and all the places I called today had almost a MONTH wait list which would put me like 2 days before school started. Ya, not going to work. Luckily one of the ladies I left a message for called me back today and she is doing a test on Wednesday and can squeeze me in!
So those were the main obstacles in my way. I am already signed up for the medical terminology class and I filled the LAST spot in all 6 of the classes. Score 1 for me. The only thing I have to worry about is that the CNA classes are all full.
This is where you guys come in. Send all your positive thoughts and cross your fingers for me in hopes that a couple of people drop the class or don't pay their tuition fees by August 12! I'm on the wait list with only a few people in front of me so I'm hoping some of them don't want to take the class. The lady at registration said that as long as I have everything ready to go and pay for the class, the instructors are usually willing to take on a few extra people if they talk to them. I'm hoping this is the case and that I can take the CNA class this semester.
If not, I'll be bummed, I won't lie, but I'll still be able to take classes! If I don't take the CNA class I'll still take the medical terminology one and I'll add on another class like Biology of Algebra, so it's not like I will be set back or anything.
So, I hope I don't jinx anything by writing this all up, but wish me luck!