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Salt Lake Technical College

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 and knowledge necessary to meet the State of Utah Nursing Assistant certification requirements. Students will learn the duties and responsibilities of a certified nursing assistant to provide for the physical, physiological, and psychological needs of the patient within a hospital or long-term care 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. Skills learned include (but are not limited to) communication, infection prevention, positioning and ambulation, monitoring vital signs, hygiene/grooming, feeding, toileting, and bathing. 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):

  • 31-1131.00 Nursing Assistants
  • 31-1133.00 Psychiatric Aides
  • 31-1121.00 Home Health Aides
  • 31-1122.00 Personal Care Aides

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: $20.00
  • Tuition: $367.50
  • Student Fees: $24.00
  • Lab Fees: $15.00
  • Books/Supplies: $86.00
    • Textbook - Hartman's Nursing Assistant Care: Long-Term Care, 5th Edition Hartman ISBN 978-1-60425-137-1
    • Workbook - Hartman's Nursing Assistant Care: Long-Term Care Workbook, 5th Edition Hartman ISBN 978-16042-513-8-8

Total Estimated Cost: $512.50 (subject to change without notice)

Associated Costs not payable to the College

(see Requirements below)

  • Licensure Fee (payable to Utah Nursing Assistant Registry): $90.00
  • 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: $25-$50

Stand-Alone Courses

KCNA 0010 - CPR for Health Care Professionals, 4 hours, $30.44, may be required for those without a valid CPR card.

Available Class Schedules

Jordan Campus
3491 Wights Fort Road (9000 S.), Health Science Bldg., Room JHS 011
West Jordan, UT 84088

Mon-Thu  8:00 a.m – 8:00 p.m.


Students are required to attend 3 Long-term Care and 3 Acute Care Clinicals, which need to be scheduled with instructor prior to attending.

(CPR Card/Scrubs Required)

Long-Term Care Facility Clinicals

Fridays and/or Saturdays 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Acute Care Hospital Clinicals

Fridays and/or Saturdays 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 (proof of three dose vaccination or proof of immunity by titer) * Student may start the CNA program with proof of first dose of Hepatitis B vaccination. 
  • MMR (proof of two dose vaccination or proof of immunity by titer) 
  • 2-step PPD or Quantiferon – this requires two separate Tuberculin skin tests with negative results or Quantiferon blood test with negative result. If a positive result is given, proof of a current chest x-ray with a negative result. 
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) - (proof of two dose vaccination or proof of immunity by titer). A letter from the physician stating childhood exposure will not be accepted. 
  • TDaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) given within the past 10 years
  • Influenza (given October 1 - March 31) – required yearly
  • Covid immunization – Required by most clinical sites. Proof of two dose immunization. If not immunized, a face shield and mask must be worn at all times during the clinical shifts.  

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

Please contact an academic advisor with questions. Limited services may be available at Jordan Campus, 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 12 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


state authorization reciprocity agreement


Licensure is the exclusive right and responsibility of each state. In order to earn licensure in other states, students must satisfy individual state requirements, independent of SLCC graduation requirements. We recommend students consult in advance with the Utah Nursing Assistant Registry (UNAR) to find out more about eligibility for licensure. For more information about other states’ requirements, please visit our page on Professional Licensure.


stand Alone Course Offerings

KCNA 0010, CPR for Healthcare Professionals, 4 Clock-hours

KCLA 0060, Fundamental Phlebotomy, 80 Clock-hours (prerequisite: ccompletion of SLCC CNA Program or Utah CNA License) 


Ready to get started?

  • For more information about this program, please email us at
  • Start the application process here.
  • Still have questions? We're here to help. Give us a call at 801-957-4073.