Nursing Assistant Certificate

Why Nursing Assistant at Cochise?

The Cochise College 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 will need to take the Arizona State Certification test to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Licensed Nursing Assistant.

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 Nursing Assistants 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 and drug screening is required by the Nursing Assistant program and employers.

Reliable transportation is needed to attend classes and clinicals at various healthcare facilities throughout Cochise County.

Nursing Assistant Coordinator
Teresa Vernon

Office Assistant | Karolyn Garcia
Downtown Center | NA101
(520) 515-8744 |

Nursing Assistant

Receive your nursing assistant certificate from one of the best nursing schools in the state of Arizona.

Fall 2020

Spring 2021

1 Semester

Certificate  6


Prior to course start, students must:

  • Take the appropriate placement tests or complete prerequisites

At the start of classes you will be given information to complete the following:

  •  Application for the finger print clearance card through the Arizona Department of Public Safety
  • Order for drug screening will be given in class

Students must be 16 years old prior to completion of course.

Employment Outlook & Class Schedule

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.

The classes are scheduled to meet the needs of the working adult.

  • Classes meet two times a week.
  • All classes, except the skills laboratory classes and clinicals are taught via interactive television (ITV). This means you can attend most of  your classes on the Douglas or Sierra Vista campuses, or the Benson or Willcox centers.
  • The laboratory classes are held in Douglas, Sierra Vista, Wilcox, and Benson


Approximate Program Cost $1000
Tuition (5 x $91/credit) $455
Lab Fee $150
Liability Insurance $40
State Certification Fee $125
Drug Screening Fee $65
Books $100
Fingerprint Clearance Card $65
Uniform cost varies
Blood pressure cuff and stethoscope cost varies

All fees are approximate, subject to change, and for in-state students.