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School of Applied Technology

Certified Nursing Assistant (KCNA)

Certificate of Achievement
150 Hours

Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant is the first step in becoming successful in any healthcare field. 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. 

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: $334.50
  • Student Fees: $22.50
  • Lab Fees: $15.00
  • Books/Supplies*: $120.00

Total Estimated Cost: $532.00
(subject to change without notice)

Associated Costs not payable to the College (see Requirements below)
Licensure Fee (payable to Utah Nursing Assistant Registry): $75.00
Background check: $29.00
Drug Screen: $35.00 - at SLCC approved site
Immunizations compliance: $15.00 (Immunization costs vary; see local clinic or SLCC Health and Wellness Services)
Scrubs, watch, shoes: $25-$50 

Standalone Courses

KCNA 0010 - CPR for Health Care Professionals, 4 hours, $29.52, 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. It is divided into several payment periods consisting of 10-weeks each, except for the final one which is variable in length. This allows students to accelerate and complete as many courses as they can within each of those time periods while the tuition and fees remain fixed. Students will be expected to invest a minimum of 16 hours per week on coursework and will enroll in each course according to the established sequence in the catalog.

Students who only need one or more courses for purposes other than earning a certificate for a full program of study may enroll for Personalized Professional Training (PPT) courses, available in select program areas.

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)

Background Check, Drug Screening and Immunizations Compliance

The School of Applied Technology has contracted the services from American DataBank through its comprehensive tool for student screening, immunizations and compliance. This tool, named Complio, is configured to screen for each of the items listed above based on SAT requirements. Students need to create an account with Complio and SLCC will be notified when compliance has been met.

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 and/or Saturday 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and/or 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(depending on current facility)

Acute Care Hospital Clinicals

Fridays 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Saturday 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 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.
  • Current Criminal Background check (issued by ADB Complio)
  • Drug Screen (SAM-5) prior to enrollment - from SLCC approved provider (ADB Complio)
  • 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: (150 Clock Hours)
Course Title Clock Hours Semester Instructional Mode
KAOS 0170 Computer Concepts 30 A Hybrid: Competency Based, Flexible Scheduling

KCNA 0105

Patient Care Theory and Skills 

78 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




Clock Hours


Instructional Mode

KCNA 0010

CPR for Healthcare Professionals



Face to Face, classroom attendance required

KCNA 0150

Health Unit Clerk



Hybrid: Competency-Based, Flexible Scheduling

KCNA 0160

HUC Clinical



Attendance Required at a pre-arranged Clinical site

Advising Notes

All enrollment procedures are handled at South City Campus, SCM 1-061 and Taylorsville Redwood Campus TB 516, 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
801-957-SLCC (7522)

Student Services hours: M-Th: 8 am - 7 pm; Fr 8 am - 4:30 pm
Enrollment Info: 801-957-4073

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