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CNA Training in Utah with Program Overviews

Nov 08, 2018

Research certified nursing assistant (CNA) programs in Utah, which currently has 11 colleges offering these programs. Read overviews of the certificates and get some quick facts for two Utah schools to decide which program is right for you.

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Utah Schools with CNA Training Programs

Utah students seeking a career as a CNA (certified nursing assistant) can enroll in training programs at various technical and community colleges throughout the state. These programs offer a combination of classroom and clinical training that prepares students for state certification examinations and employment. There are two certification tests in the state of Utah, and both must be passed before becoming licensed and certified.

More details about two of these schools are contained in this article. Find information about coursework and program length. Read facts about each school in the table appearing at the bottom of this article.

  • Davis Technical College is located about 20 miles north of Salt Lake City. Its CNA certificate program is offered at the school's main campus in Kaysville.
  • Salt Lake Community College, situated in the downtown Salt Lake City area, offers students a CNA program through its School of Applied Technology.

Comparison of Schools

It's best to know all the facts about schools offering CNA programs before making a decision about where you would like to pursue your studies. Read below for statistical information regarding each school's population, financial aid availability, acceptance rates and retention and graduation rates.

Davis Technical College Salt Lake Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 2,937 29,620
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb
Total Program Cost (2017-2018) $693** $548***
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 68% 65%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 100% (open admissions policy) 100% (open admissions policy)
Retention Rate (2017)* 74% 59%
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students beginning in 2014)* 56% 22%

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, ** Davis Technical College, ***Salt Lake Community College

Davis Technical College

Davis Technical College was founded in 1978. This is one of eight applied technology college campuses that make up the Utah College of Applied Technology. In addition to health professions, the college can prepare students for careers in business, manufacturing and construction.

CNA Certificate of Program Completion

CNAs are directly involved in the hands-on care of patients. Students in this program learn basic nursing skills, including restorative services, personal care, taking and recording vital signs and measuring weight and height. Students can expect to spend 115 hours in this program, including 90 hours of classroom instruction and training, 25 hours of clinical education at a local healthcare institution and a nurse assistant orientation. Additional electives are offered but not required.

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake Community College is located in Salt Lake City and was established in 1948. This is the largest institution of higher education in the state of Utah, as well as the college with the most diverse student body in the state.

CNA Program

This 150-hour CNA program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to look after the psychological, physical and physiological needs of patients who are often classified as chronic, acute or long-term and reside at long-term care facilities or hospitals. The program's curriculum includes topics in patient care theory and computer concepts. Students are expected to complete six clinicals. The program is delivered through classroom lectures and hands-on clinical practice using multimedia and individualized instruction.

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