CNA Training in Arizona

by Maria Pavel on February 26, 2011

Arizona offers many Certified Nursing Assistant jobs. Therefore, it also provides many choices of training programs so that people interested in becoming CNAs can meet the necessary requirements. The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 set these requirements, which are carried out by The Arizona State Board of Nursing.

To work as a CNA in Arizona, you must successfully complete a state approved training class, pass the written and skill portions of the CNA State Exam, and submit fingerprint cards. You will not receive any licenses, certificates or any temporary permits until state and federal background checks are performed. Once you’re approved to work in Arizona as a CNA, your salary will start around $12.07 per hour with an hourly rate increase per experience. The yearly range is $17,000 to $30,600.

The CNA requirements in Arizona include successfully completing a 120 hour nursing assistant class approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing. These hours are divided into classroom hours and clinical training. When this class is successfully passed, then the state exam must be passed.

It’s also possible to renew a CNA license in Arizona. Two to three months prior to the expiration of the license, a form will be mailed to the CNA. If this notice is not received, one can be obtained through the Arizona Nurse Aide Registry. Requirements to be renewed are a mandatory of at least 160 working hours in the past 2 years, and have no felony convictions. Renewing expired licenses is also done the same way.

Approved CNA training programs can be found at the following:

1. Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona: The estimated tuition is $1,500 for Arizona residents, $1,650 for non-residents, and $2,250 for Western Undergraduate Exchange.

2. Casa Grande Center in Casa Grande, Arizona: The cost is $849 including state certification and 16 to 18 weeks of training.

3. Cochise College in Sierra Vista, Arizona: The cost is $540 includes registration, tuition, technology and laboratory fees, liability insurance, drug screening and state certification fees, and textbooks.

4. Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, Arizona: The cost of $815 includes the course and technology fees, tuition, textbook, workbook, watch, scrubs, fingerprinting, pens and notebook, and state examination.

5. Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona, multiple campuses: The cost of $1,046 covers tuition, registration and course fee, textbook, fingerprinting, drug screening, uniform, clinical supplies, physical examination and immunizations.

If you don’t find what you need, you can also contact the Arizona Nurse Aide Registry or the Arizona State Board of Nursing. They will be able to provide information for you regarding where to find classes convenient to you.

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