Health Science Department
Sierra Vista Campus
Nursing Building, 300
(800) 966-7943, Ext. 5309
Nursing Assistant Careers
The Cochise College Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate program prepares students to care for sub-acutely ill clients and to work as a member of the health care community. Students who successfully complete the five-credit-hour course may take the Arizona State Certification test to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
This course is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and meets OBRA requirements. Students learn the basic concepts of communication, client safety, anatomy and physiology, nursing process, patient rights, legal and professional responsibilities, and specific patient care skills. Students learn to recognize and meet the basic physical, psychosocial, and cultural needs of patients. Special emphasis is placed on the needs of geriatric clients.
Students who plan to work as CNAs after completion of the course should be at least 16 years old. Most long-term care facilities require employees to be 16, however, some healthcare facilities may require employees to be 18 years old. Fingerprinting with background check for felony convictions is required by the Arizona State Board of Nursing prior to certification.
Reliable transportation is needed to attend classes and clinicals at various healthcare facilities throughout Cochise and Santa Cruz counties.
This program prepares students to become employed as certified nursing assistants, and employment is found with emergency service providers, long-term care facilities and hospitals. Certified nursing assistants earn an average of $8 to $12 an hour, for an average $16,000 to $24,000 a year.
HLT 109 (Nursing Assistant) takes one semester to complete and is offered in the fall and spring each
Prior to course start, students must:
At the start of classes you will be given information to complete the following:
Students must be 18 years old prior to completion of course.
The classes are scheduled to meet the needs of the working adult.
|Approximate Program Cost||$873|
|Tuition (5 x $77/credit)||$385|
|State Certification Fee||$118|
|Drug Screening Fee||$65|
|Fingerprint Clearance Card||$65|
|Blood pressure cuff and stethoscope||cost varies|
All fees are approximate, subject to change, and for in-state students.
Cochise College provides accessible educational opportunities that are responsive to a diverse population and lead to constructive citizenship, meaningful careers and lifelong learning.