Nursing Assistant - Certificate (Major Code - CNA)

The Nursing Assistant Certificate, which requires one semester to complete, is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing to prepare students for nursing assistant certification. Emphasis is on communication, patient safety, anatomy and physiology, specific patient-care skills, and patient rights. Includes the nursing process and the legal and professional responsibilities of the nursing assistant. Also covers the basic physical, psychosocial, and cultural needs of all patients, with special emphasis on the geriatric population.

Students taking this program for state certification must be 16 prior to program completion, provide documentation of U.S. citizenship or qualifying alien status, undergo fingerprinting, pass a background check and drug screen, and have received absolute discharge from the sentence for any felony conviction no less than 3 years prior to submitting their application for state certification. The Arizona State Board of Nursing prohibits the use of medical marijuana.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required for basic-level nursing assistant certification by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
  • Demonstrate skills in communication, patient safety, the nursing process, and specific patient care.
  • Demonstrate skills in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic first aid.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of patient rights and legal and professional responsibilities.
  • Apply the knowledge and skills required to address basic physical, psychosocial, and cultural needs of patients, especially those in the geriatric population.

Degree Map


HLT 109Nursing Assistant*


HLT 111CPR and First Aid*


HLT 111: Possession of a current American Heart Association CPR and First Aid certification for healthcare providers satisfies this course requirement.