(found 55 schools, updated in November 2017)
Employment opportunities in Utah for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) are excellent due to the increase in the state’s aging population. The Utah Nursing Assistant Registry (UNAR) is the state agency that oversees the state Certified Nursing Assistant process. The agency approves CNA training programs, monitors test sites, maintains the UNAR, certifies nursing assistants who meet CNA certification requirements and processes certification renewals. Utah has developed a clear and efficient process for becoming a CNA. In the following sections, the certification process is reviewed step-by-step.
- 6 Steps to Becoming a CNA in Utah
- How to Keep CNA Certification Active
- Job Outlook and Salary for CNAs in Utah
- Becoming a CNA in Bordering States
6 Steps to Becoming a CNA in Utah
There are steps that individuals should take to become a CNA in Utah. Following is a description of the basic steps, beginning with choosing the right path to certification to renewing certification.
Step 1: Review the Routes to Certification
Utah offers several paths to nurse aide certification, so the first step is reviewing each option.
A New CNA
Certification requirements for a new nurse aide require completing a state-approved CNA program and taking and passing a state competency evaluation exam. There are other paths for individuals who meet certain requirements.
Nursing students who can provide a transcript showing they successfully completed and passed a fundamentals of nursing class within the last two years can become a CNA by passing the Utah state exam for nursing assistant certification. Any nursing students who do not pass the state exam within three attempts will have to complete a CNA training program. Here is the application form for certification testing waiver.
Nurse from Other States
If a nurse from any state has an expired license but is in good standing with that state’s nursing board, a training waiver can be requested. The individual will have to take the state exam and pass within one attempt. Otherwise, the individual will have to train and retest.
CNAs from Other States
Out of state nursing assistants can apply for certification by reciprocity in Utah if their certification in the other state is active and unencumbered. If the out of state certification is expired, the individual must complete a state-approved training program in Utah and take the state exam.
Step 2: Select a CNA Training Program
For those who must complete a training program and/or take the state competency exam, the remaining steps apply. Utah state law requires a CNA training program to consist of a minimum of 100 hours of educations. The 100 training hours includes 24 hours of clinical training in a long-term facility. There are 55 CNA programs in Utah offered at a variety of educational facilities that include colleges, technology colleges, academies, allied health schools, universities, hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. There are also a number of CNA training programs offered only to high school students. The program data is updated in November 2017.
Local CNA Classes in Utah by City
|City||Utah CNA Program Provider||Address||Phone|
|Blanding||Utah State University Eastern - Blanding|
|639 West 100 South||(435) 678-2201|
|Bountiful||Life Care CNA Bountiful|
|460 West 2600 South||(801) 589-2597|
|Bountiful||Nursing Education Center|
|74 East 500 South||(801) 386-2474|
|Bountiful||Viewmont High School (High School Students Only)|
|120 West 1000 North||(801) 402-4314|
|Cedar City||Southwest Applied Technology College|
|757 West 800 South||(435) 586-2899|
|Cedar Hills||Rocky Mountain Healthcare Academy|
|Cedar Hills, 9152 Silver Lake Drive||(801) 850-3249|
|Centerfield||Mission at Community Rehab Center|
|10 West 400 South||(435) 528-7246|
|Clearfield||Utah CNA Training Centers LLC|
|377A South State Street||(801) 990-9333|
|Colorado City, Arizona||Mohave Community College in Arizona|
|P.O. Box 980||(928) 681-5660|
|Ivins||Southern Utah CNA |
|160 North 200 East||(757) 773-6578|
|Kaysville||Allied Healthcare Certifications Center|
|275 West 200 North||(801) 856-4421|
|Kaysville||Davis Applied Technology College C.N.A.|
|550 East 300 South||(801) 593-2353|
|Kaysville||Davis High School (High School Students Only)|
|325 South Main Street||(530) 757-5400|
|Layton||Northridge High School (High School Students Only)|
|2430 North Hill Field Road||(801) 402-8655|
|Lehi||Mountainland Applied Technology College|
|2301 West Ashton Boulevard||(801) 753-4156|
|Logan||Bridgerland Applied Technology College|
|1301 North 600 West||(435) 753-6780|
|755 South Main Street||(435) 792-6970|
|Logan||Utah CNA Training Centers LLC|
|1115 North 200 East, Suite 140||(801) 990-9333|
|7200 South State Street||(801) 599-4780|
|Milford||Milford Memorial Hospital|
|850 North Main Street||(435) 387-2411|
|Moab||Utah State University Moab|
|125 West 200 South||(435) 260-2353|
|Murray||Murray High School (High School Students Only)|
|5440 South State Street||(801) 264-7460|
|Murray||Stevens Henagar College|
|383 West Vine Street||(801) 281-7600|
|Murray||Utah CNA Training Centers LLC|
|5280 South Commerce Drive, Suite E100||(801) 990-9333|
|Ogden||Ogden High School (High School Students Only)|
|2828 Harrison Boulevard||(801) 737-8737|
|Ogden||Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College|
|200 North Washington Boulevard||(801) 612-4179|
|Orem||Orchard CNA of Northern Utah|
|766 South 400 East||(801) 358-2102|
|Orem||Utah CNA Training Centers LLC|
|270 West Center Street, Suite 266||(801) 990-9333|
|Panguitch||Garfield Memorial Hospital|
|200 North 400 East Street||(435) 676-8811|
|Payson||Arrowhead CNA Training of Payson|
|55 South Professional Way||(801) 361-2995|
|Plain City||Fremont High School (High School Students Only)|
|1900 North 4700 West||(801) 452-4000|
|Pleasant View||Weber High School (High School Students Only)|
|430 Weber High Drive||(801) 476-3700|
|Price||Pinnacle Nursing and Rehabilitation Center|
|1340 East 300 North||(435) 637-9213|
|Price||Utah State University Eastern|
|451 East 400 North||(435) 613-5295|
|800 West 200 South||(435) 896-9754|
|Roosevelt||Uintah Basin Technical College|
|1100 East Lagoon Street, Suite 124||(435) 722-6973|
|Roy||Roy High School (High School Students Only)|
|2250 West 4800 South||(801) 476-3600|
|Salt Lake City||Avalon Healthcare - Woodland Park Care Center|
|3855 South 700 East||(385) 209-6900|
|Salt Lake City||Caresource Campus of Caring||1624 East 4500 South||(801) 266-7200|
|Salt Lake City||Community Nursing Services Academy|
|2830 South Redwood Road, Suite A||(801) 233-6100|
|Salt Lake City||Granite Technical Institute (High School Students Only)|
|2500 South State Street||(801) 646-4339|
|Salt Lake City||Life Care Center CNA |
|1201 East 4500 South||(801) 589-2597|
|Salt Lake City||Salt Lake City School District - Career and Technical Center (High School Students Only)|
|1633 Edison Street||(801) 481-4946|
|Salt Lake City||Utah CNA Training Centers LLC|
|1135 South West Temple||(801) 990-9333|
|Sandy||Canyons Technical Education Center (High School Students Only)||825 East 9085 South||(801) 256-5739|
|South Ogden||Bonneville High School|
|251 East 4800 South||(801) 866-7250|
|St. George||Dixie Applied Technology College|
|1506 South||(435) 647-8400|
|St. George||Dixie State University|
|225 South University Avenue||(435) 879-4810|
|St. George||Ridgeview CNA |
|919 South Main Street||(435) 634-0710|
|St. George||St. George CNA |
|1490 East Foremaster Drive||(435) 619-3447|
|Syracuse||Syracuse High School (High School Students Only)|
|665 South 2000 West||(801) 402-7900|
|Tooele||Tooele Applied Technology College|
|88 South Tooele Boulevard||(435) 248-1800|
|Tooele||Tooele School District - Tooele Community Learning Center (High School Students Only)|
|211 South Tooele Boulevard||(435) 833-8700|
|West Jordan||Jordan School District (High School Students Only)||9301 South Wights Fort Road||(801) 256-5980|
|West Jordan||Salt Lake Community College - Jordan Campus|
|3491 Wights Fort Road||(801) 957-6362|
Federal and state laws allow individuals to work in Medicare/Medicaid funded nursing homes and other long-term care facilities while employed. The law requires earning certification as a nursing assistant within 120 days. The law also requires their employer to cover training costs, so this is one way to get free training.
Another way to get free training is to find employment within 12 months of becoming a CNA at a Medicare/Medicaid funded nursing facility. The employer will reimburse the student for training costs. The CNA must work at least three months at the facility and an average of 20 hours per week to qualify for reimbursement.
Tuition and Fees
The costs of training include program tuition and fees, uniforms, textbooks, medical supplies and test fees. A program charges tuition, but that may or may not include items like uniforms and textbooks. For example, the Allied Health Care Certifications Center charges $400 (subject to change) for a month-long program. It includes tuition, textbook, clinical instruction and CNA exam preparation. The student also pays additional amounts for the testing fee, supplies and uniforms.
The Salt Lake Community College’s 150-hour daytime CNA training program takes approximately one semester to complete and costs an estimated $540 (subject to change). The amount includes an application fee, tuition, student fees, lab fees and books and supplies. Students will still need to buy scrubs.
Financial aid may be available to students through workforce training funds, scholarships and grants. It is important to meet with financial aid staff at the school to explore funding opportunities.
Step 3: Meet Prerequisites for School and Program Entrance
Prerequisites are conditions that individuals must meet in order to register for a CNA training program in Utah. They include:
- Be at least 16 years old (school may require an older age)
- Pass a criminal background check
- Provide proof of a negative TB test
- Pass a drug test
- Provide proof of immunizations
- Pass a health exam
- Meet school admission requirements
Step 4: Complete a CNA Training Program
While attending CNA classes in Utah, students master the knowledge and skills typically needed to provide high quality services to residents and patients. The program also prepares the student to take the Utah state certification or competency evaluation exam.
What to Learn
The knowledge and skills taught in CNA courses include the following:
- Critical criteria that are part of every skill, i.e. infection control, safety, communication and residents’ rights, recognizing and reporting abnormalities
- Handwashing skills
- Taking and recording vital signs, i.e. blood pressure, respiratory rate, pulse, temperature, etc.
- Catheter care
- Preventing pressure ulcers
- Changing linens in an occupied bed
- Measure and record fluids, i.e. fluid intake, urine output, etc.
- Measure and record height and weight
- Apply an anti-embolism stocking
- Moving, positioning and ambulating residents
- Feeding and nutrition
- Grooming, hygiene and personal care
Step 5: Take the Utah State Certification Exam
Only the CNA training course instructor can provide exam applications to nursing assistant students. The exam application is sent to the UNAR with testing fees. Once fees are paid, the applicant can schedule a test date online through Testmaster Universe within one year of completing training. The state certification exam consists of two parts.
This part of the Utah CNA exam requires the ability to successfully complete five randomly selected skills, utilize proper handwashing skills, measure and record a set of vital signs and verbalize beginning and ending procedures.
The written exam has 100 multiple-choice questions. Individuals must get a minimum score of 75 percent for passing. Here is one sample test that give a good idea of the type of questions asked.
Test sites are located around the state at universities, colleges, technical colleges and community colleges. Utah administers its own CNA tests. Individuals are allowed three attempts to pass both parts of the state exam.
Step 6: Get Name Placed on UNAR
The names of candidates who pass the state CNA exam are placed on the Utah Nursing Assistant Registry (UNAR). The testing site will submit the names to the UNAR after candidates successfully passes the competency exam.
How to Keep CNA Certification Active
CNA certification in Utah is valid for two years. To maintain an active certification, a licensed nurse (LPN or RN) must provide verification the Certified Nursing Assistant worked at least 200 paid hours in nursing or in performing nursing related duties while under the supervision of a licensed nurse. If a nursing assistant cannot meet the 200-hour work requirement, he or she gets one attempt to take and pass the state CNA exam. If an individual worked for an employer who does not have a licensed nurse to verify the 200 hours, the CNA will have to retest within 12 months of the expiration date of certification before certification renewal is allowed.
If a certification is lapsed (expired) for less than six months, the nursing assistant can follow the same renewal process as a person with an unexpired certification. If the certification is expired for more than six months but less than 12 months, the nursing assistant must retake the competency evaluation exam to renew certification. If the certification has been expired for more than 12 months, the nursing assistant must retrain and retest.
Job Outlook and Salary for CNAs in Utah
Only a certified nursing assistant can work in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities and hospitals, and for home health agencies. The average annual salary for a Utah CNA, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $24,910 or $11.98 per hour. The Utah jobs growth projection for 2014-2024 is 33.3 percent, so employment opportunities are excellent for CNAs. | See Job Openings
CNA Salaries in Utah
|UT CNA Salaries||Empl.||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage||Wage percent relative std. error||Hourly 10th % wage||Hourly median wage||Hourly 90th % wage||Annual 10th % wage||Annual median wage||Annual 90th % wage|
|Central Utah nonmetropolitan area||190||10.44||21720||6.9||7.91||9.84||14.16||16450||20460||29460|
|Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area||480||12.80||26630||1.8||10.15||12.65||15.96||21120||26300||33190|
|Salt Lake City, UT||4150||12.69||26390||2.2||10.19||12.61||15.29||21200||26230||31810|
|St. George, UT||870||11.43||23760||1.8||9.67||11.30||14.21||20120||23510||29550|