Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Why Choose NPC's Nursing Assistant (CNA)?

  • NPC offers a Certificate of Proficiency (CP) in Nursing Assistant (NAT), giving you a quality education you can afford and making you job ready.
  • Successful completion of NPC's five-credit NAT 101 training course qualifies you to take the Arizona CNA examination for the license necessary to work in this field.
  • For your convenience, the lecture portion of the Nursing Assistant (NAT) training course is offered in interactive video or face-to-face formats. Hands-on laboratory training is offered at the White Mountain Campus in Show Low, the Little Colorado Campus in Winslow, the Whiteriver Center and the Springerville Center. (Actual clinical sites may vary each semester. Check with your academic adviser or the NPC Department of Nursing & Allied Health for details.)
  • Learn more about what a CNA does here.

About Our Program

Nursing assistant training at NPC has been updated to better prepare graduates for healthcare careers. Successful completion includes the required five-credit course, NAT 101 Nursing Assistant. The course features both lecture and hands-on lab classes that include all required content and hours specified by the Arizona Nurse Practice Act. Upon successful completion of the course you become eligible to take the Arizona State Board of Nursing examination to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

  • Prerequisite: ASSET reading score of 35 or COMPASS reading score of 61; co-requisite, EMT 104 (CPR & First Aid) or an equivalent.
  • A current TB skin test must also be completed.
  • Students are required to provide fingerprint identification when applying for the CNA license.

Note: Applicants to the NPC Nursing Program must have a current Arizona Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license in good standing.

Under the Arizona Nurse Practice Act, an applicant for CNA licensure can be denied certification if convicted of a felony or addicted to habit-forming drugs or if the applicant in any other way fails to meet qualifications required by law.

Degree/Certificate Options

You will receive a Certificate of Proficiency (CP) when you earn a grade of 'C' or better in the following 20 credits:

  • ENL 101 or higher • 3 credits
  • HES 120 Law and Ethics of the Health Care Professional • 3 credits
  • HES 145 Nutrition • 3 credits
  • HES 170 Medical Terminology • 3 credits
  • NAT 101 Nursing Assistant • 5 credits
  • One Mathematics course • 3 credits, see college catalog for options
Additional Costs/Requirements

Additional costs include: tuition, course fee, media fee, a current negative TB test, textbook, royal blue scrubs, nursing shoes, a watch with a second hand and the current costs of testing and certification examination and fingerprinting.

NOTE: Under the Arizona Nurse Practice Act, an applicant can be denied certification as a nursing assistant if convicted of a felony or addicted to habit-forming drugs or if the applicant in any other way fails to meet qualifications required by law.
Students applying for the state certification exam must provide proof of legal presence in the United States, provide fingerprints for a criminal background check and comply with A.R.S. §32-1606(B)(17) regarding felony convictions.

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunity for nursing assistants is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2024. This is due to long-term care needs of a growing elderly population plus the many advancements of modern medical technology that save and extend lives, increasing the need for long-term care provided by nursing assistants.                   

Median annual earnings:
  (May 2015) North Arizona Nonmetropolitan Area
(US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Contact Us

Cathy Reed, Secretary to the Dean

White Mountain Campus - Show Low Ponderosa Center, Rm. 111

(800) 266-7845 ext. 6136
(928) 532-6790

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."  Gainful employment disclosure information can be found for specific programs regarding tuition and fees and median loan debt, completion and job placement rates, and jobs related to the program on the web page for each program area.

We hope this information is helpful to our current and prospective students as you make your career and educational choices. For more information on Gainful Employment requirements, please read this letter from the U.S. Department of Education (7-page PDF).


    Nursing Assistant

    Information on all eligible NPC programs can be found in the Gainful Employment Data Archives.