Why CNA at Cochise?
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.
Certified Nursing Assistant
Receive your nursing assistant certificate from one of the best nursing schools in the state of Arizona.
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 18 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 evenings a week.
- All classes, except the skills laboratory classes, 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, Nogales or Willcox centers.
- The laboratory classes are held in Douglas, Sierra Vista, Benson and Nogales.
|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.