The Utah Nurse Aide Registry, in compliance with the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA), oversees the training and certification of nurse aides throughout the state. All prospective nurse aides must meet state and federal requirements before taking up employment at Salt Lake City’s many nursing homes and long term care facilities. Nurse aide training programs prepare students for their roles on the job through a minimum 80 hours of training, which can run for 3 to 6 weeks – depending on the schedule. Approved training programs not only prepare students for the state’s nurse aide competency exam and a rewarding career, but also provide foundational knowledge for entry into RN and LPN programs. Upon successful completion of the nurse aide class, students are eligible to sit the state’s two-part exam comprising of a written (or oral) exam and skills evaluation. The skills exam tests vital signs and hand washing skills along with five other skills issued at random. The written exam tests students’ comprehension of basic nursing principles and direct care through 100 multiple choice questions.
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Utah CNA Training Centers
The nurse aide training at Utah CNA Training Center offers 80 hours of training divided into 64 hours of in-classroom training and 16 hours of clinical instruction. The school enrolls students 16 years and older who can demonstrate proficiency in both written and oral English – a high school diploma is not required. UCTC offers day, evening and weekend classes to accommodate varying schedules. Students must attend 100 percent of classes as a requirement for graduation. Tuition costs $345 inclusive of classroom and clinical instruction, use of textbook, and online resources. A practice exam key and refresher courses are available for a small fee. Students must purchase scrubs, BP cuff, and stethoscope, which are required for the first day of classes.
- Website: http://www.utahcnacenters.com/Course/cna-training-program/
- Address: 450 S 900 E, Salt Lake City UT 84102
- Phone: (801) 990-9333
- Toll-free: (888) 531-8262
Salt Lake Community College
Effective January 2015, the nurse aide training class at Salt Lake Community College covers 130 hours of training. The course content is designed to provide students with the essential knowledge and skills to meet the state certification requirements and pass the nurse aide competency exam. Instructors emphasize specific areas that help graduates provide for the physical, physiological, and psychological needs of patients within nursing homes and long term care facilities. The total estimated cost of training is $543, which includes tuition, application fee, student fees, lab fees, books and supplies. Other associated costs include $70 for the state’s licensure, $15 for the background check, $33 for the drug screen and $75 for scrubs. Students must be at least 17 years for enrollment and must provide proof of TDaP, MMR, Hepatitis B, Influenza, two-step PPD and Varicella immunizations. SLCC offers day and evening classes only plus time for clinicals – students can work out the times for clinicals with the instructors before classes commence.
- Address: 1575 South State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
- Phone: (801) 957-7522
Tooele Applied Technology Colleges
At the end of training at Tooele Applied Technology College, graduates will be qualified to challenge the nurse aide competency exam and work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, home health agencies and long term care facilities. The course curriculum is designed to instruct students in the basic principles of nursing and to perform clinical skills such as taking patients’ temperatures, blood pressure, respiration rates, pulse rates and other vital signs. The program comprises of 128 hours of instruction, including 104 classroom hours and 24 clinical hours. Applicants without a high school diploma will only be admitted after passing the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Other requirements for admission include background check, drug screen, and immunization. The estimated cost of attendance is $419 inclusive of tuition, fees, books, stethoscope, pressure cuff, and gait belt.
- Website: http://tatc.edu/training-programs/healthcare/certified-nursing-assistant/
- Address: 3760 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
- Phone: (435) 248-1800
Granite Technical Institute
Granite Technical Institute offers nurse aide training to students in grades 11 to 12. Students must be at least 16 years at the time of enrollment and must return the parental consent form to the admissions department. The training prepares students to perform nurse aide related services to patients in hospitals and long term care facilities. The course content covers topics such as recording vital signs, safety, basic nursing skills, personal care, restorative services, nutrition, communication, medical terminology,caring for the cognitively impaired, mental health, anatomy and patient transfers. Students must complete clinical training (.25 credits) as part of the program. Tuition is free, but students need to purchase scrubs, white shoes, and a watch with sweep second hands for the clinical training.
- Website: http://gti.graniteschools.org/
- Address: 2500 South State St., Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
- Phone: (385) 646-4350
Life Care Center of Salt Lake City
The accelerated CNA program at Life Care Center runs for two weeks with three days of clinicals. Classes meet Monday and Tuesday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Clinical sessions are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. The curriculum covers 100 hours of instruction in the classroom and at a clinical site: 60 hours in the classroom and 40 hours in a clinical setting. A new class begins each month. Tuition costs $400 and includes use of the course textbook and state exam prep. Additional costs include CPR certification of Healthcare Providers, state exam testing fee, name tag, comfortable shoes, scrubs, a watch with a second hand, stethoscope, and blood pressure cuff.
- Website: http://lifecarecenterofsaltlakecity.com/cna-class
- Address: 1201 E. 4500 S., Salt Lake City, UT 84117
- Phone: (801) 261-3664
Rocky Mountain Healthcare Academy
The nursing assistant training program at Rocky Mountain Healthcare Academy meets the State’s guidelines. The curriculum and instructors have been approved by the State. The three-week program covers instruction in the classroom as well as a supervised clinical experience. Course topics include anatomy and physiology, vital signs, infection control, communication, nutrition and feeding, mental health, rehabilitative and restorative techniques, range of motion, patients rights and independence, and much more. A day and evening schedule is available. Day classes meet Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:15 pm. Evening classes meet Monday through Friday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Applicants must be 16 years or older, provide a copy of their ID and social security card, complete a physical exam, TB test, background check, and drug screen. Tuition for the program is $425.
- Website: http://www.rockymountainha.com/home.html
- Address: West, Jordan, UT
- Phone: (801) 850-3249
- Email: [email protected]
Avalon Health Care
Avalon Health Care offers a state approved CNA Training Program that prepares students for entry-level employment in a acute or long-term care setting. Students have the option to enroll in the three-week accelerated program or the self-paced program, which runs for three months. Weekday and weekend schedules are available to fit students’ schedules. The curriculum covers 100 hours of instruction, 52 hours in the classroom and 48 hours in a clinical setting. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm plus 12 hours of clinical experience for the first two weeks and 24 hours in the final week. Tuition is free for those who are hired by Avalon. Those who are not interested in employment must pay $400 for tuition. Tuition includes a textbook on loan, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, name badge, and workbook. Additional costs for non-employees include CPR certification, state exam testing fee, a watch with a second hand, scrubs, comfortable shoes, and blood pressure cuff.
- Website: https://www.avalonhealthcare.com/cna/
- Address: 255 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
- Phone: (801) 596-8844
ccCNA prepares nursing assistant students for an entry-level career in health in just two weeks. The curriculum covers 100 hours of instruction, 60 hours in the classroom and 40 hours of hands-on clinical instruction. The school’s commitment to students’ success is evident from the pass rate of 98 percent on the state certification exam. Morning, day, evening, and weekend schedules are available. Morning classes meet 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Day classes meet 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Night classes are 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Weekend classes are 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Tuition costs $450 and includes a textbook to use during class and state exam prep. Students should budget for the state exam fee, CPR certification, uniform, and clinical supplies.
- Website: http://cccna.com/
- Address: 75 East 7200 South – Suite A-2, Midvale, Utah 84047
- Phone: 801-968-2262
The following nursing homes are state-approved trainers that sponsor training several times a year. Contact them using the provided numbers to find out about upcoming class schedules.
Federal Heights Rehabilitation and Nursing
Address: 41 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
Phone: (801) 532-3539
Sunrise Senior Living
Address: 76 South 500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84102