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School of Applied Technology and Technical Specialties

Certified Nursing Assistant (KCNA)

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.

Certificate of Achievement: 150 Hours

Occupations in this area.

For state and national occupation information, visit O*Net Online and 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

Contact Us:

For more information about this program, please contact us at or 801-957-4073.

  • To contact an academic advisor, career advisor or faculty member, please see the appropriate tab on the left.

Required Courses (150 Clock Hours)

Clock Hours
Course KAOS 0170
Title Computer Concepts
Clock Hours 30
Semester A
Course KCNA 0105
Title Patient Care Theory and Skills
Clock Hours 78
Semester A
Course KCNA 0121
Title Long-term Care Clinicals
Clock Hours 24
Semester A
Course KCNA 0140
Title Acute Care Clinicals
Clock Hours 18
Semester A

Stand-Alone Course Offerings

Clock Hours
Course KCNA 0010
Title CPR for Healthcare Professionals
Clock Hours 4
Semester A
Course KCLA 0060
Title Fundamental Phlebotomy
Clock Hours 80
Semester A
Prerequisite Completion of CNA Program or Utah CNA License

Tuition and Fees

  • Application Fee: $40.00
  • Tuition: $360.00
  • Student Fees: $24.00
  • Lab Fees: $15.00
  • Books/Supplies*: $82.00

Total Estimated Cost: $521.00 (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

Stand-Alone Courses

KCNA 0010 - CPR for Health Care Professionals, 4 hours, $30.04, may be required for those without a valid CPR card.

Available Class Schedules

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

Mon-Thu 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 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.

Financial Aid

VA Educational Benefits may be available



CASAS Test or TRANSCRIPT (Basic Skills Assessment):

  • Reading: 7.0
  • Math: 6.0

Need a little help with Reading, Math, or keyboarding? Academic Readiness courses will get you up to speed!


  • 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.

Ready to get started? Visit the admissions page for instructions and steps to follow for enrollment!

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.

Course/Program Delivery Model

This program is offered in a Competency Based Education (CBE) format. This allows students to accelerate and complete the program as soon as competency is demonstrated. Students will be expected to invest a minimum of 16 to 24 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.


  • 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 Nationwide 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.


state authorization reciprocity agreement

  • Graduation from the Certified Nursing Assistant program does not guarantee the ability to obtain a Utah state license to practice as a Certified Nursing Assistant.  Licensure is the exclusive right and responsibility of each state.  In order to practice as a Certified Nursing Assistant, students must satisfy individual state requirements, independent of SLCC graduation requirements.  It is highly recommended that students consult in advance with the Utah Nursing Assistant Registry (UNAR), or similar agencies in other states, to find out more about eligibility for licensure. 

    For students who plan to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant in another state, here is one suggested website for researching state licensure requirements: License Findersponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. 

    If you have difficulty finding the licensure requirements for your state, please contact your academic advisor or SLCC’s State Authorization Coordinator for help.