What is a Nursing Assistant?

The Nursing Assistant (CNA or LNA) is a vital part of the healthcare team. As a Nursing Assistant you will work closely and under the supervision of a Registered Nurse who will assign and supervise your work. Some of your duties may include:

  • Performing basic nursing tasks related to a person's care.  A nursing task is the nursing care or a nursing function, procedure, activity, or work that can be delegated to nursing assistants when it does not require an RN's professional knowledge or judgement.
  • You will complete this basic care for patient's and resident's who cannot do so for themselves.
  • You will report your observations about a patient or resident's physical or mental status immediately.
  • The healthcare team will create a care plan that you will follow closely in providing the correct care for a resident.
  • You will only complete the work that is in your job description and scope of practice.

(Mosby's Nursing Assistant Textbook)

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Course Detail

$1,275 Tuition Includes (Effective 09/20/19 tuition will increase to $1,355) :

  • Use of Textbook, Blood Pressure Cuff, Gait Belt and Lab Supplies
  • Workbook
  • Uniform top
  • Stethoscope
  • TB Test by serum
  • Registered Nurse led state board skills intensive

Not Included:

    • CPR Adult Health Care Provider (approx. cost) $35-$55 (online only classes will not be accepted)
    • Uniform pants (approx. cost) $15-$20
    • Watch with second hand (approx. cost) $15-$35
    • Medical exam for Health and Fitness Declaration (approx. cost) $50-$75
    • Drug Test may be required for clinical placement (approx. cost) $30
    • Chest X-ray if needed for TB Clearance (approx.cost) $55
    • State Board Certification Fees
      • Written- $30
      • Skills- $88

Upon successful completion of the Nursing Assistant course at Valley Vocational Academy, you will be eligible to test through Headmaster/D&S Diversified at the school. Upon passing your boards, you may apply to be a CNA or LNA in the state of Arizona.

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Class Outline

Topics Covered:

  • communication and interpersonal skills, professionalism
  • infection control
  • safety and emergency procedures
  • promoting residents' independence
  • respecting resident rights
  • basic nursing skills:
  • bathing, grooming, dressing, toileting, assisting with eating and hydration, proper feeding techniques, skin care and transfers, positioning and turning
  • mental health and social service needs:
    • how to respond to to residents' behavior and how to monitor aide's behavior to residents' behavior
    • awareness of developmental tasks associated with the aging process
  • care of cognitively impaired residents:
    • Techniques for addressing the unique needs and behaviors of the dementia patient
    • communicating with cognitively impaired residents
    • understanding the behavior of cognitively impaired residents
    • appropriate responses to the behavior of cognitively impaired residents
    • methods of reducing the effects of cognitive impairments
  • basic restorative services
    • training the resident in self care
    • use of assistive devices in transferring, ambulation, eating, and dressing
    • range of motion
    • proper turning or positioning in bed and chair
    • bowel and bladder training
    • use of prosthetic and orthotic devices
  • end of life care

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Nursing Assistant Admission Requirements


  • Age 16 and older
  • Proof of citizenship or legal resident status
  • Admissions test to assess English language, reading and math skills necessary to comprehend course materials and perform duties safely.
  • No active felony (ARS32-1606) in the past 3 years for which have not received an absolute discharge
  • Background check as required by clinical site
  • Flu vaccination as required by clinical site (certain times a year)
  • Medical clearance from medical provider
  • Negative TB test or negative chest x-ray results no older than 6 months (TB Skin Test to be given during class)

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Nursing Assistant Class Schedule

Daytime Schedule

Length: 4 Weeks
Cost: $1275

1st Week: Mon-Fri 7:00am-4:00pm
2nd Week: Mon-Fri 7:00am-4:00pm
4th Week: Mon 7:00am-12:00pm Finals

3rd Week: Monday-Thursday 6:00am-6:30pm

Weekend Schedule

Length: 7 Weekends
Cost: $1275

Weekends Sat. & Sun. 7am-5pm

Weekends Sat. & Sun. 6am-6:30pm


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