Feb 01, 2023  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog

Certified Nursing Assistant: CA (SLTC)(CTE)

Certificate of Achievement | 150 Clock Hours

Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Description
This program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to care for patients safely 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, physiology, as well as, consideration of body mechanics, disease processes, and therapeutic approaches. Skills will be practiced in a “patient’s room”, which is equipped with a hospital bed, a mannequin “patient” 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 CPR certified
  2. Be HIPAA certified
  3. Have 18 hours of Acute Care training in a hospital environment
  4. Have 24 hours of Long-term care training
  5. Be current with their required immunizations

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

For state and national occupation information, visit http://www.onlinelonetcenter.org/find and enter the following O*Net codes:

  • 31-1014.00 Nursing Assistants
  • 31-1011.00 Home Health Aides
  • 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 prerequisites for enrollment in their nursing degree programs.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/satts/cost-financial-aid.aspx.
Please visit the program website for up-to-date cost information.

Program Entry Requirements

TABE or TRANSCRIPT (Basic Skills Assessment):

  • Reading: 7.0
  • Math: 6.0


  • Hepatitis B Series, three vaccinations or titer
  • MMR, two vaccinations or titer
  • Two-step PPD – Tuberculosis (TB) Manitou Test or Chest X-Ray within one year. Needs two separate PPD tests performed
  • Varicella (Chickenpox), two vaccinations or titer
  • TDaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) within past 10 years
  • Influenza (October 1 - March 31)

Background check
Drug screen

*Stand-Alone Course:
KCNA 0010 CPR Health Care Professionals , may be required for those without a valid CPR card.

Specialized Accreditation
Our program is accredited through the Utah Nurse Assistant Registry.

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 Requirements

Time to Completion

Estimated time to completion is 150 clock hours (up to 10 weeks).

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

  • Complete both theory and clinical requirements for the CNA program. [1,2,3,4,7,8,9]
  • Take a state-mandated Knowledge exam to become certified as a CNA. [1,2,3,4,7,8,9]
  • Take a state-mandated Skills exam to become certified as a CNA. [1,2,3,4,7,8,9]
  • Obtain employment as a CNA or will continue with their education. [1,2,3,4,5,7,8]