Registering for CNA classes in Arizona could be your first step toward a career in the fast-growing healthcare industry. Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNAs), as they are also called in Arizona, are basic patient care providers whose services are in high demand among a wide variety of employers throughout the state.
In contrast to the majority of professionals in healthcare, the Certified Nursing Assistant and LNA do not need a college degree, or years of experience in order to find work. Training courses at CNA programs in Arizona can sometimes be completed in as little as 6-8 weeks, meaning it’s possible to start working in this popular field in just a matter of months.
Becoming a CNA in Arizona
Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant in Arizona requires the completion of a three-step process. These are listed below.
- Graduate from a CNA program accredited by the Arizona State Board of Nursing (AZBN)*
- Earn a passing grade on the Arizona Certified Nursing Assistant Examination
- Become registered on the Arizona Nurse Aide Registry
*In accordance with AZBN guidelines, accredited nursing assistant programs require students to complete a minimum of 120 hours in the classroom, as well as 80 of hands-on training in a clinical setting.
CNA Classes in AZ – Now Accepting Students!
If you’re ready to start your search for CNA programs in Arizona, you can request information on admissions requirements, class schedules, and more by contacting the following schools listed below.
Choosing the Right CNA Program
Although there are a lot of outstanding programs in the state, you’ll still want to make sure that you choose the one that best fits your personal needs. Based on your budget, schedule, and other responsibilities, your options could range from taking courses at a community college, a trade school, or even online nurse aide training classes if distance learning is your preference.
The most-important thing to look for at the beginning of your search is the school’s accreditation status. CNA programs in Arizona must be accredited by the Arizona Board of Nursing (AZBN) in order for you to be eligible to test for certification in the state.
Aside from the program’s accreditation status, you’ll also want to find out the following things about each institution.
- How large are class sizes? (i.e. what is the teacher-to-student ratio?)
- What percentage of program graduates pass the certification exam on their first attempt?
- How long is the program?
- What is the cost for training?
By asking the aforementioned questions, as well as others you have, you can quickly narrow down the list of potential programs that you may be interested in. Enrolling in a program that fits your needs can greatly increase your chances of graduating and becoming eligible to test for certification.
The Arizona CNA Certification Exam
Once you have successfully graduated from an AZBN-accredited training program, you will become eligible to sit for the Arizona Nursing Assistant Certification Exam. The exam consists of both a written and skills demonstration section. You must post passing scores on both sections in order to pass the exam and become certified.
The exam is administered by Headmaster, LLP every month at various locations around the state. Contact Headmaster, LLP directly to find out when the next test date is in your area.
Employment Outlook for CNAs in Arizona
For recently-certified nursing assistants, the employment outlook in Arizona is one of the best for any profession in state.
According to the latest figures provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected growth rate for new CNA positions through 2024 is 19% in Arizona – much faster than the median for all jobs, and ahead of national rate of 18%.
CNA Salary Data for Arizona Compared to the Nation
The following table reflects the official U.S. Government data on nursing assistant salary in Arizona compared to the rest of the United States. This data was provided in the May 2016 report on the state from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
|Area||Type of Pay||10%||25%||Median||75%||90%|
Accredited CNA Classes in Arizona
|CNA School Name||Address||City||Zipcode||School Website||Social Media|
|Arizona Western College||2020 S. Avenue 8E||Yuma||85365-8834||www.azwestern.edu||facebook|
|Brookline College-Phoenix||2445 W. Dunlap Ave., Ste. 100||Phoenix||85021||www.brooklinecollege.edu/phoenix||facebook|
|Brookline College-Tempe||1140-1150 S. Priest Drive||Tempe||85281||www.brooklinecollege.edu/tempe||facebook|
|Brookline College-Tucson||5441 E. 22nd St, Ste.125||Tucson||85711||www.brooklinecollege.ed/tucsonu||facebook|
|Chandler/Gilbert Community College||2626 E Pecos Rd||Chandler||2499||www.cgc.maricopa.edu||facebook|
|Cochise College||4190 W Highway 80||Douglas||85607-6190||www.cochise.edu||facebook|
|Coconino Community College||2800 S. Lone Tree Rd.||Flagstaff||2701||www.coconino.edu||facebook|
|East Valley Institute of Technology||1601 W Main St||Mesa||85201||www.evit.com||facebook|
|Eastern Arizona College||615 N. Stadium Ave.||Thatcher||0769||www.eac.edu||facebook|
|Estrella Mountain Community College||3000 N Dysart Rd||Avondale||1000||www.emc.maricopa.edu||facebook|
|GateWay Community College||108 N. 40th Street||Phoenix||85034||www.gatewaycc.edu||facebook|
|Glendale Community College||6000 W Olive Ave||Glendale||85302||www.gccaz.edu||facebook|
|Mesa Community College||1833 W Southern Ave||Mesa||85202||www.mesacc.edu||facebook|
|Paradise Valley Community College||18401 N 32nd St||Phoenix||85032||www.pvc.maricopa.edu||facebook|
|Phoenix College||1202 W Thomas Rd||Phoenix||85013||www.phoenixcollege.edu||facebook|
|Pima Medical Institute-East Valley||2160 S Power Rd||Mesa||85209||pmi.edu||facebook|
|Pima Medical Institute-Mesa||957 S. Dobson Road||Mesa||85202||pmi.edu||facebook|
|Scottsdale Community College||9000 E Chaparral Rd||Scottsdale||85256||www.scottsdalecc.edu||facebook|
|Southwest Skill Center||3000 N Dysart Rd||Avondale||85323||www.estrellamountain.edu||facebook|
|Tucson College||5151 E Broadway Blvd, Ste.155||Tucson||85711||www.tucsoncollege.edu||facebook|