In nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals, patients rely heavily on the nurses and nursing assistants to care for them and assist with daily living activities. In Arizona, Certified Nursing Assistants undergo specialized training to execute their roles and responsibilities on the job. The Arizona State Board of Nursing requires nurse assistants to complete 120 hours of classroom and clinical experience, which will equip them with all the skills they need to provide basic nursing duties to those who are temporarily or permanently disabled. A state competency exam, administered by D&S Diversified Technologies, tests nurse assistants’ work readiness, and candidates who successfully complete the two-part exam qualify for inclusion on the state’s nurse aide registry. Following is a list of approved nurse assistant training providers in Mesa, AZ.
Arizona Medical Training Institute
Time and time again, Arizona Medical Training Institute’s students top the list of “First Time State Board Licensure Pass Rates.” With an average of 97 percent on the written exam and 91% on skills evaluation, AMTI stands out as Arizona’s premier healthcare training institute. The school’s nursing assistant program provides 120 hours of instruction divided into 80 classroom hours and 40 clinical rotation hours. The thorough 3-week program prepares students for success on the state certification exam and the job. The curriculum covers essential areas, such as basic nursing care, physiology, foundation of resident care, personal care skills, nutrition, rehabilitation and restorative services. Convenient day, evening and weekend classes give prospective students the option to choose their pace of study. Graduates can take the state certification exam at AMTI’s campus within one week of completing the course. Tuition is $1125 inclusive of textbook and lab materials, CPR, TB test, uniform, stethoscope, gait belt and blood pressure cuff. The state board exam costs $113.
- Website: http://arizonamedicaltraininginstitute.com/
- Address: 1530 North Country Club Drive #11 Mesa, AZ 85201
- Phone: 480-835-7679
East Valley Medical College
East Valley Medical College’s instructors prepare nurse assistant students to take the state certification exam in just 4 weeks. The 120-hour curriculum encompasses classroom, lab and clinical instruction with a strong emphasis on providing compassionate care in a long-term setting. Students learn through computer-aided technology, lectures, demonstrations, skill videos and interactive discussions in the classroom and put their skills to work under the direction of a licensed nurse in a clinical setting. Applicants must provide proof of US citizenship or legal residency, negative TB test, doctor’s clearance to work, and no active felonies. Tuition is $1090 plus $113 for the state test. EVMC’s financial advisors may be able to direct students to private grants and scholarships that will assist with tuition.
- Website: http://www.eastvmc.com/programs.php
- Address: 1220 S Alma School Rd, Ste 208, Mesa, AZ 85210
- Phone: (480) 776-0070
EVIT Career & College Prep
EVIT’s nurse assistant training prepares students for the state certification exam in 9 to 10 weeks. More than 148 clock hours in a classroom, lab, and clinical setting equip students with basic nursing skills and know-how for providing direct care to residents in long term care facilities. Classroom and lab skill account for 100 hours of the curriculum, where students learn ethics and laws governing patient care, respective patients’ rights, providing compassionate support, medical terminology, anatomy, communication skills, mental health disorders and more. Students complete the 48-hour clinical rotation in a long term care setting over the course of 6 weekend rotations. Applicants must complete the student information form, provide a government issued ID, a high school diploma or GED, DPS fingerprint clearance card, immunization card, negative TB skin test and CPR card. Graduates are prepared to take the state certification exam. The total cost of attending is $1,385 inclusive of tuition, supplies, and textbook.
- Website: http://evit.sharpschool.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=20222051&pageId=20598705
- Address: 1601 West Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85201
- Phone: 480-461-4094
Mesa Community College
The Nursing Assistant class at Mesa Community College is a semester-long program that combines classroom, lab and experiential learning in a clinical setting to prepare graduates for the state exam, entry-level employment and entry to vocational nursing programs. The instructor, a registered nurse, uses various teaching methods to pass on valuable knowledge to students. Students meet in a classroom setting for 4 to 5 hours one day per week, and spending at least 8 hours in a clinical or lab setting for two days per week. Applicants must meet immunization, background check and minimum educational requirements for entry into the 6-credit program. Tuition is $654 for Arizona residents. Students are responsible for the state exam fee, background clearance fee, and costs for textbook and other supplies.
- Website: http://www.mesacc.edu/programs/nursing-assistant
- Address: 1833 West Southern, Mesa, AZ 85202
- Phone: 480-461-7106
Pima Medical Institute
Train to become a certified nursing assistant in just six weeks at Pima Medical Institute. The 4.5-credit class takes students through 130-clock hours of classroom and clinical training. The curriculum is divided into 52:5 hours in the classroom, 37.5 hours for skills lab and 40 hours in a clinical setting. Instructors cover a broad range of topics including roles and responsibilities of nurse assistants, communication and interpersonal skills, nursing principles, nutrition and hydration, law and ethics, patients’ rights, transferring patients, safety and emergency procedures. Graduates are eligible to sit the state exam for inclusion on the nurse aide registry. Tuition is $1,520 and includes the cost of textbooks, uniform and miscellaneous fees. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
- Website: http://pmi.edu/Programs/Certificate/Nursing-Assistant-Nurse-Aide
- Address: 957 S. Dobson Road., Mesa, AZ 85202
- Address 2: 2160 S. Power Road, Mesa, AZ 85209
- Phone: 800-477-PIMA
The following high school is also authorized by the state to provide nurse assistant training:
Sun Valley High School (High School Students only)
Address: 1143 South Lindsay Road, Mesa, AZ 85204
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