CNS certified nursing assistant program

What is the Community Nursing Services (CNS) Academy Certified Nursing Assistant Program?
This program helps you prepare to certify as a Nursing Assistant. 

What does the program cover?
The curriculum includes:

  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Infection Control
  • Safety and Emergency Procedures Promoting Resident Independence
  • Respecting Resident Rights
  • Basic Nursing Skills

What is the cost of your training program?
Tuition is $400 and includes:

  • Use of Textbook (with option to purchase)
  • Student Workbook
  • 76 Hours of Classroom Instruction
  • 24 hours of Clinical Instruction
  • One Set of Scrubs

Is a deposit required for our course?
Yes; a deposit of $125.00 is required. You have up to three business days to receive a full refund if you have notified CNS you have decided not to attend the training.

Is there tuition assistance available?
Yes!  If a student decides to become an associate of CNS or another participating healthcare facility, tuition may be reimbursed.

What are admission requirements?*

  • Must be at least 17 years old
  • Be proficient in English (written and oral)
  • Up-to-date on all immunizations

*Note: Please be prepared to attend all sessions as the Utah Nursing Assistant Registry (UNAR) requires 100% attendance for all 100 hours.

How often do your classes start?
Classes start every six-weeks throughout the year.

What time and days are your classes?
Monday through Friday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm for four weeks; Clinical sessions are held: 8:00-4:30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of fifth week.

Where are classes held?

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday classes:
Hillside Care Center
1216 East 1300 South
Salt Lake City

Tuesday & Friday classes:
Salt Lake Office of Community Nursing Services
2830 South Redwood Road
West Valley City

What supplies do I need?

  • Blood pressure/ stethoscope
  • Gait Belt
  • Watch with a second hand 

Do I need to be CPR certified?

Yes, students need to be CPR certified before attending clinicals. Basic Life Support CPR is provided, $50 fee; CNS has CPR classes available. 

What does a student have to do to graduate from the program and take the State exam?

  • Complete 76 classroom/didactic skills/lab hours and competencies with a ‘satisfactory’ or 75% or better
  • Complete a minimum of 24 hours of supervised practical training in a long-term care facility
  • Complete skill curriculum and skill competencies

Where can get more information?
Contact us by phone or email:

Sue Phelps, RN, BSN, MBA – Program Coordinator
Cell phone: (385) 235-1367
Email address:  Sue.Phelps@CNS-Cares.org

Sonya Fowles, RN, BSN-Primary/Clinical Instructor      
Cell phone: (385) 775-8103
Email address:  Sonya.Fowles@CNS-Cares.org

Visit The Utah Nursing Assistant Registry for general questions about CNA certification.