Dec 09, 2022  
2018-2019 SLCC General Catalog 

Certified Nursing Assistant: CA (Competency-Based)(CTE)

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Certificate of Achievement | 150 Clock Hours

SAT Instruction Division
Program Location
Jordan Campus, Health Sciences, JHS 011
General Information 801-957-7522
Program Information 801-957-3354
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor Butch Steffen, 801-957-6402

Program Faculty
Coordinator - Candice Williams RN BSN, 801-957-6362
Instructors − Candice Williams RN, Diane Hall RN, Lars Summerhays RN

Program Description
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 care for patients properly and to meet the State of Utah Nursing Assistant certification requirements. Students completing the program will learn to provide for the physical, physiological, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient within a hospital or long-term care facility. The curriculum includes an overall introduction to human relations, anatomy, and physiology as well as consideration of body mechanics, disease processes, and therapeutic approaches. Skills are practiced in a “resident’s” room which is equipped with a hospital bed, a mannequin, and all required equipment and supplies needed for each skill. Students will also gain valuable knowledge and hands-on experience by participating in long-term care and hospital clinicals.

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 18 hours of Acute Care training in a hospital environment
  5. Have 24 hours of Long-term Care training

Career Opportunities
Upon program completion, the student will become eligible to be certified and licensed as a CNA in the state of Utah and will be able to obtain employment in the health care field as a CNA. The student will also satisfy the pre-requisite of completing a CNA program prior to applying for a Nursing program.

For state and national occupation information, visit and enter the following O*Net codes:

  • 31-1011.00 Home Health Aides
  • 31-1013.00 Psychiatric Aides
  • 31-1014.00 Nursing Assistants  
  • 31-1015.00 Orderlies
  • 39-9021.00 Personal Care Aides

Transfer/Articulation Information
The CNA program articulates with the requirements of Salt Lake Community College, the University of Utah, Weber State University, BYU, Westminster, and Davis Applied Technology Center pre-requisites for enrollment in their nursing degree programs.

Estimated Cost for Students
Please visit the program website for up-to-date cost information.

Estimated Time to Completion
150 Clock hours.

Program Entry Requirements
Students must demonstrate basic education skills as assessed by the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE):

  • Reading 7.0
  • Math 6.0

Students must have a current CPR card or take KCNA 0010 CPR Health Care Professionals  (a 4 hour course costing an estimated $29.52 while in the program).

Specialized Accreditation
Utah Nurse Assistant Registry (UNAR)

Licensure Information
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 Finder sponsored 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. 

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy
1. Student will complete both theory and clinical requirements for the CNA program. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
2. Student will take a state-mandated written/computer exam to become certified/licensed. 1,3,4,7
3. Student will take a state-mandated skills exam to become certified/licensed. 1,2,3,4,6
4. Student will obtain employment as a CNA or will continue on with their education. 1,2,4,5,6,7

Advising Notes

All enrollment procedures are handled at South City campus, SCM 1-061 and Taylorsville Redwood campus, TB 516.

Limited services are available at Jordan Campus. Please call 801-957-6402 for an appointment.

Contact advisor for program information.

Additional Program Notes

Classes begin every Monday.

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