Nursing Assistant Plus Caregiver Training Course (#121)
CNA Plus Caregiver is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing (AZBN) and the NCIA Board for graduates to sit for the state exams and earn Certified Nursing Assistant and Caregiver Certificates. Classes include: Skills, Body Systems, Basic Knowledge, Nutrition and Cooking, People Skills, Death and Dying and Clinical. This course is 212 hours in length and can be completed in 6 weeks of day classes (8:30 am to 3:00 pm) or 10 weeks of afternoon classes (3:15 pm to 6:15 pm) or evening classes (5:15 pm to 8:15 pm, or 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm)
Some online work required
Textbooks, Supplies, & Exam. (Included in fees)
Stethoscope, BP cuff, Gait belt, one set of scrubs, CNA Textbook, Caregiver Supplemental Textbook, Medication Textbook, Nutrition Textbook, People Skills Workbook, and Skills Manual. Both state exams are included in price.
Criteria for Admission
• Students must be over 17 years of age
• High School diploma or GED is recommended
• High School diploma or minimum score of 7.0 on reading test
• Negative TB skin test or chest x-ray
• CPR training (Healthcare Provider level)
• DPS fingerprint clearance card
• Be able to lift or push or pull 50 pounds
• Reliable transportation
• Commitment to attend all classes
• Willing to work FT or PT after training
• Current government issued photo ID
• Proof of legal residency in U.S. to take state exam.
• It is highly recommended that you have a flu shot or you may have to wear a mask for an 8 hour clinical.
• To complete the Nursing Assistant Program and be scheduled for the state CNA exam.
• Student must have an 80% score or higher on the final exam.
• Student must receive a “B” or “A” in the Skills final exam.
• Student must receive a “B” or “A” in the Clinical experience.
• Student must receive the endorsement of their RN faculty.
• To complete the Caregiver Program and be scheduled for the state caregiver exam.
• Student must have a 75% score or higher on the Caregiver final exam.
• Student must receive a “C” in the skills final exam.
• At least 40 hours of clinical must be completed. Missed time will have to be made up in order to take the CNA exam.
• No more than 15% of the total hours excluding clinical can be missed.
• All fees owed to CGTI must be paid in full.
• You must then take a state caregiver exam. State certification is received after successfully passing the state caregiver exam with a 75% score.
• You must then take a state CNA exam (written and skills). State certification is received after successfully passing the state caregiver exam with a 75% score and passing the skills portion of the exam.
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM – Monday through Friday
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Monday through Thursday with 5 Saturdays
7:00 AM - 3:30 PM Saturday Clinical
*Schedules and prices are subject to change
Tuition, Fees, and Payment Schedules
• Tuition is $2,850; There is a $400 fee to cover supplies.
• Financing programs are also available if a student qualifies.
• A no-interest, no-debt pay plan is also available; however, all fees must be paid by the middle of the course.
• If a student is eligible for government funding through Pima County One-stop or DES, we will recommend that they pursue this option.
What qualifications must be met to be certified as a Nursing Assistant? (R4-19-806)
A. File an application with the Arizona State Board of Nursing
1. Show proof of satisfactory completion of a nursing assistant training program that meets the requirements in subsection (B);
2. One or more fingerprint cards,
3. Applicable fees
B. An applicant for certification as a nursing assistant shall submit a passing score on a Board-approved nursing assistant examination and provide one of the following criteria.
1. Proof that the applicant has completed an AZBN Board-approved nursing assistant training program.
2. Proof that the applicant has completed a nursing assistant training program approved in another state or territory of the United States consisting of at least 120 hours.
3. Proof that the applicant has completed a nursing assistant program approved in another state or territory of the United States of at least 75 hours of instruction and proof of working as a nursing assistant for an additional number of hours that together with the hours of instruction, equal at least 120 hours, or
4. Proof that the applicant either holds a valid nursing license in the U.S. or territories, has graduated from an approved nursing program, or otherwise meets educational requirements for a registered or practical nursing license in Arizona.
C. An applicant who fails either a written or manual skills portion of the nursing assistant examination may take the failed portion of the examination until a passing score is achieved. An applicant shall pass both portions of the nursing assistant examination within two years from the date of completion of the nursing assistant training program or meet the requirements in subsection D
D. An applicant who does not pass an examination within the time period specified in subsection (C) shall repeat and complete a training program before being permitted to retake and examination.
E. An applicant who has never taken the examination and provides proof of at least 160 hours of employment as a nursing assistant for every two-year period since completing a state-approved nursing assistant training program meets federal requirements to take the written and manual skills nursing assistant examination.
F. The AZBN Board shall certify an applicant who meets the applicable criteria in the Article 8 if certification is in the best interest of the public.
G. An applicant who is denied nursing assistant certification may request a hearing by filing a written request with the AZBN Board writing 30 days of service of the Board’s order denying the application for certification. Hearings shall be conducted in accordance with A.R.S. Title 41, Chapter 6, Article 10 and 4 A.A.C. 19, Article 6.
Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate Renewal (R4-19-809)
A. A certified nursing assistant may apply for renewal of a certificate by submitting an application to the Arizona State Board of Nursing on or before the expiration date of the certification.
1. The application packet shall include all required information
2. Documentation of proof of employment, such as a pay stub, W-2 form, or letter from an employer that verifies the applicant’s employment as a nursing assistant or the applicant’s performance of nursing assistant activities for a minimum of 160 hours within the past two (2) years, and
3. Applicable fees.
B. The certificate of a nursing assistant who fails to renew expires on the last day of the month of a certificate holder’s birth date.
1. A nursing assistant’s responsibility to renew is not relieved by the nursing assistant’s failure to obtain an application.
2. A nursing assistant who fails to renew shall not work as a certified nursing assistant.
3. Based on consideration of a nursing assistant’s record regarding timely renewal, the Board may impose a late fee on a nursing assistant who fails to renew certification in a timely manner.
1. What is the CNA Plus program?
CNA Plus is a dual certificate program combining Nursing Assistant training and Caregiver training.
2. Is this a State approved program?
Yes. The Arizona State Board of Nursing and the NCIA Board and DHS have approved/licensed this program since its inception in 2002.
3. What is the advantage in taking the CNA Plus?
You will be able to work in all caregiving settings: Skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, hospice, home care, assisted living centers and assisted living homes.
4. How long is the course?
The day class is 5 weeks long meeting every day for 6 hours. The evening class is 10 weeks meeting every day for 3 hours. (See student services for more specific information)
5. Are there State exams?
Yes. There is a State exam for nursing assistant (CNA) and a State exam for caregiver. Both exams are offered at CGTI following completion of the course.