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School of Applied Technology

Certified Nursing Assistant (KCNA)

Certificate of Achievement
210 Hours

This program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to meet the State of Utah nursing assistant certification requirements. Students completing the program will learn the responsibilities of a certified nursing assistant to provide for the physical, physiological, and psychological needs of the patient within a hospital or long term facility. The curriculum includes an overall introduction to human relations, anatomy, physiology, and bacteriology, as well as consideration of body mechanics, disease processes, and therapeutic approaches used to arrest or contain them. Universal precautions are taught throughout the program, and emphasis is placed on the need to protect the patient, as well as the nursing assistant.

At the end of the completed program, students will:

  1. Be Current with their required Immunizations
  2. Be CPR certified
  3. Be HIPAA certified
  4. Have 36 hours of Health Unit Coordinating (HUC) training
  5. Have 6 hours of HUC training in a hospital environment
  6. Have 12 hours of Acute Care training in a hospital environment
  7. Have 24 hours of Long-term Care Clinicals

Occupations in this Area

For state and national occupation information, visit enter the following O*Net code(s):

  • 31-1011.00 Home Health Aids
  • 31-1012.00 Nursing Aids, Orderlies, and Attendants
  • 31-1013.00 Psychiatric Aid
  • 31-2022.00 Physical Therapist Aid
  • 39-9021.00 Personal and Home Care Aids

Tuition and Fees

  • Application Fee: $40.00
  • Tuition: $453.60
  • Student Fees: $31.50
  • Lab Fees: $30.00
  • Books/Supplies*: $202.90

Total Estimated Cost: $718.00
(subject to change without notice)

*Associated Costs not payable to the College
Books: $132.90 - required the first day of class
Licensure Fee (payable to Utah Nursing Assistant Registry): $70.00
BCI background check (payable to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation): $15.00
Drug Screen: $33.00 at SLCC approved site
Scrubs, watch, shoes: $50-$75
Immunizations: costs vary; see local clinic or SLCC Health and Wellness Services

Standalone Courses

KCNA 0010 - CPR for Health Care Professionals, 4 hours, $29.00, may be required for those without a valid CPR card.

Financial Aid

Course/Program Delivery Model

This program is offered in a Competency Based Education (CBE) format. Students will be expected to invest a minimum of 15 hours per week on coursework and will enroll in one course at a time according to the established sequence with tuition and fees assessed for each course individually. Students receiving Federal Financial Aid or VA funding please contact your academic advisor for specific information regarding eligibility.


TABE or TRANSCRIPT (Basic Skills Assessment):

  • Reading: 7.0
  • Math: 6.0


  • Hepatitis B Series (Hep B titer before clinicals)
  • MMR, two vaccinations or Titer
  • Two-step PPD – Tuberculosis (TB) Manitou Test or X-Ray within One Year
  • Varicella (Chickenpox), two vaccinations or written verification by healthcare provider, or titer
  • TDaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) within past 10 years
  • Influenza (October 1 - March 31)

Available Class Schedules

Jordan Campus

3491 W 9000 S, JHS 011
West Jordan, UT  84088

Mon - Thu 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Mon - Thu 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Each clinical will be demonstrated three times during the listed times.
Students are required to attend 6 Clinicals, which need to be scheduled with instructor prior to attending. 
(CPR Card/Uniform Required)

Long-Term Care Facility Clinicals

Friday 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Acute Care Hospital Clinicals

Fridays 6:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Saturday 6:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


  • 17 years old at enrollment. Students should be 18 years old at completion of the program to work in an acute care hospital setting, but may obtain employment prior to age 18 in a long term care setting.
  • Utah Bureau of Criminal Investigations personal criminal background check (BCI) within past 6 months
  • Drug Screen (SAM-5) prior to enrollment - from SLCC approved provider
  • Ability to help lift and/or move patients
  • Not listed on the sex offender web site
  • Students need headphones for the first day of class.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire Substantive Knowledge
  2. Communicate Effectively
  3. Develop Quantitative Literacy
  4. Think Critically and Creatively
  5. Civic Engagement
  6. Work Professionally and Constructively
  7. Develop Computer and Information Literacy

1. Student will complete both Theory and Clinical requirements for the CNA program.


2. Student will take a state-mandated written/computer exam to become certified/licensed.


3. Student will take a state-mandated skills exam to become certified/licensed.


4. Student will obtain employment as a CNA or will continue on with their education.


Required Courses: (210 Clock Hours)
Course Title Clock Hours Semester Instructional Mode
KAOS 0170 Instructional Mode 30 A Hybrid: Competency Based, Flexible Scheduling

KCNA 0100
& KCNA 0110

Patient Care Theory (90)
and Skills Lab (12)

76 - 102 A Face to Face, Instructor to Student: No less than 76 hours of classroom attendance required
KCNA 0121 Long-term Care Clinicals 24 A Attendance Required at a pre-arranged Clinical site
KCNA 0140 Acute Care Clinicals 18 A Attendance Required at a pre-arranged Clinical site
KCNA 0150 Health Unit Clerk 36 A Hybrid: Competency Based, Flexible Scheduling




Clock Hours


Instructional Mode

KCNA 0010

CPR for Healthcare Professionals



Advising Notes

All enrollment procedures are handled at South City Campus, SCM 1-061 and Taylorsville Redwood Campus TB 416, contact advisor with questions. Limited services are available at Jordan Campus, Monday and Wednesday-Friday, call 801-957-6402 for an appointment.

Additional Program Notes

Classes start every week on Mondays.

Salt Lake Community College

4600 South Redwood Road Salt Lake City, UT 84123
Student Services hours: M-Th: 7 am - 7 pm; Fr 7 am - 4:30 pm
Enrollment Info: 801-957-4073

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