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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Blanding Moab Price

Job responsibilities vary based on where you work and live. CNAs often work in a wide variety of settings; nursing homes, hospitals, adult day care centers, personal homes and assisted living facilities all require nursing assistants to act as a helpful liaison between the RN or LPN and the patient. In many cases, CNAs serve as the RN’s or LPN’s eyes and ears, and relays information between many patients and nurses.

Nursing assistants fulfill basic quality-of-life needs for patients of any age in residential nursing care facilities. Since nursing assistants have daily contact with patients, they are gatherers of vital information about the patients’ conditions, which they must then transmit to their supervisors. A CNA’s workload can become intense and fast-paced, but the human contact and ability to help those in medical need is a strong motivating factor. A desire to help people and compassion for patients can help a nurse’s assistant get through difficult days.

Certificate of Completion (CC) in Certified Nurse Assisting (CNA) affords students the opportunity to earn college credit and skills in a specialized area. Students can transfer certificate credits to degree programs.

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program is a five credit hour, one semester program. Certificates can also be earned in conjunction with another degree (such as an associate or bachelor degree) to give the student job skills to be used while attending college. Many certificate programs also provide foundational courses and opportunities to transfer into a higher degree level program.

CNA Application Packet

This application packet is for students on all campuses.


  • Fall Semester: First Friday of August
  • Spring Semester: Third Friday of November

The Certified Nursing Assistant Program prepares students to pass the state CNA written and skills examination. The course includes theory, skills lab and clinical time in a skilled nursing facility. 

The following course must be completed:

To begin your Certificate program:

  Apply to Utah State University
If you have attended USU Eastern or have completed USU concurrent enrollment courses there is no need to re-apply.
  Meet placement requirements for Math and English.

  Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships.


For more tips and information about college preparation please see the College Prep site.

For help contact:

Blanding - TD Olsen

Moab - Dianne Wright
435-797-5106 (message)

Price - Shelley Heath
(435) 613-5295 


With your Certificate of Completion you may:

  • Apply for certification testing with the Utah Nursing Assistant Registry.
  • Enter the work force.
    • This program prepares students for employment as a CNA in a health care setting, including hospitals and care facilities.
  • Continue your education at Utah State University.
    • Use the USU Degree Finder to search for degrees available throughout the Utah State University system related Nursing.
  • Transfer to another college or university.
    • As an accredited college, USU Eastern courses and degrees can also be transferred to other college and universities across Utah and the United States. For details see Academic Advising.