Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Certificate

Nurse Assistant Certificate Requirements

4 credits

​Program Description

The Dixie State University Nurse Assistant Program trains students each semester to work in long term care facilities, home health care, hospital settings, and to continue in nursing education. The curriculum includes lab instruction in a state of the art nursing laboratory, traditional classroom instruction, and hands-on clinical experiences at various long term care facilities in the area.

Discipline Core Requirements
NURS 1005Certified Nursing Assistant (ALCS)4
NURS 1007Nursing Assistant Clinical0

Completion Requirements

  • Grade C or higher in NURS 1005 Certified Nursing Assistant (ALCS)/NURS 1007 Nursing Assistant Clinical required to pass course and take state certification exam.

Note: State certification required to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) Requirements

The curriculum for programs at Dixie State University customarily leading to licensure have been designed to meet the educational licensure/certification requirements in Utah as well as to prepare students to apply for licensure exams in the State of Utah. The licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their state. Requirement may vary state to state and may change at any time. Students who intend to use their DSU degree to secure licensure in any state other than Utah will need to review the professional licensure disclosures in that state pertaining to their program and consult with the state professional licensing board.  For more information, visit the State Authorization and Professional Licensure web page and select your program, or speak to the director of your program.

CNA Certificate Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Complete the Utah State certification skills and written tests with a passing score.
  2. Utilize effective communication techniques with patients and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  3. Recognize and report changes and abnormalities to the nurse or health care provider.
  4. Provide considered and respectful care of patients by complying with patient rights.
  5. Demonstrate entry level certified nursing assistant skills.
  6. Apply specialized job skills and abilities that may be required in the settings for sub-acute care, long-term care, individual’s home and hospital.
  7. Demonstrate safety and infection control procedures for protection of the patient, self, and others.
  8. Follow HIPAA guidelines for the protection of patient confidentiality.