Like most other states, CNAs in the state of Nevada must be certified. The Nevada State Board of Nursing is the governing body that grants certification based on a number of qualifying factors. CNA candidates must complete a minimum of 135 hours of training including classroom, lab, and clinical work. The Board of Nursing lists several approved training programs on their website. The Board also provides up-to-date information on certificate renewals and a detailed curriculum to help candidates choose an accredited school and prepare for the state exam. Following is a list of the top schools offering CNA training in Las Nevada.
College of Southern Nevada
The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) nurse assistant training program is open to everyone. Therefore, candidates won’t need to submit an application for admission. However, the school recommends that students begin a series of Hepatitis B vaccinations as soon as possible. Candidates must be 16 years or older, have good physical health and moral character, and read and write English at an eighth-grade level or above. In the nursing assistant preparation class, students complete 180 hours of training over one semester. Training includes lectures, lab, and clinical work at an offsite medical facility. Lectures are available online for students’ convenience. A certificate of completion issued to successful graduates may be used to apply for the state certification exam. Tuition costs $540 ($90 per credit x 6). However, lab fees, books, uniform, medical insurance, state exam fee, fingerprinting and other expenses bring the cost to an approximate total of $1,200.
Address: 6375 W. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89146
Phone: (702) 651-5000
Pima Medical Institute
At Pima Medical Institute, you can train to become a nurse aide in just six weeks. The 4.5 credit program covers 130 clock hours: 52:5 hours theory, 37.5 hours lab and 40 hours clinical. Instructors teach a broad range of topics (all within the state’s guidelines) including communication and interpersonal skills, personal care, basic nursing skills, safety and emergency procedures, infection control, diet and nutrition, patient transfers and quality improvement. Students are eligible to take the state certification exam upon completion of the training. Tuition costs $1,505 and includes the cost of books, scrubs and fees. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Through their partnership with neighboring schools, credits earned at PIMA may be transferrable.
Address: 3333 E. Flamingo Road Las Vegas, NV 89121