The Nursing Assistant Program at SCL College, as approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing, is a 120-hour program comprising 80 classroom/laboratory hours, and 40 clinical hours. This program will provide SCL students with the theory and skills required to practice as a nursing assistant in long-term care, intermediate care, and acute care settings.

Certified Nursing Assistant

Admission Requirements 

Program and AZBN Prerequisites:

  • Must be at least 16 years old.
  • Pass a mandated CNA Admission Test covering english proficiency, reading comprehension, and math necessary to comprehend the course materials and perform the required duties safely.
  • No active felony (ARS 32-1606) in the past 3 years or unprofessional conduct (ARS 32-1601).
  • Proof of citizenship (Arizona Driver’s License or passport), or legal residency status.
  • Must complete the Health Declaration. The Health Declaration is a document ensuring clearance for participation by a licensed health care provider. Prospective students must be able to meet all “essential functions”.
  • Complete the Voluntary Assumption of Risk – Release of Liability Form.
  • Ability to pass a Tuberculosis (TB) Skin Test, or provide prior TB results no older than 6 months from testing.

Health Requirements

For progression in the nursing program:

  • Students must submit a Health and Safety Documentation Checklist verifying completion of all requirements and maintain current status throughout the program.
  • Students must submit the Health Declaration Form signed by a licensed health care provider.
  • Students must test negative on a timed urine drug screen.
  • Admission to a nursing program requires that students be in compliance with the SCL College of Nursing Background Check policy. Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card. Qualified applicants will receive a conditional program admission, the student must comply with all health requirements.