CNA Classes in Salt Lake, UT

An individual’s success as a CNA is just the first step to more successes in the field of healthcare. But for this to happen, quality training is necessary. CNA training programs shouldn’t just instruct students with the necessary skills to pass the state certification exam, but also instruct students of their responsibilities to patients as future CNAs. Students should learn to assist in the provision of the physical, psychological, and emotional needs of patients under their care.

In Utah, many job positions are open for CNAs. With the right training and experience CNAs can work as Home Health Aids, Orderlies, Attendants, Psychiatric Aid, Physical Therapist Aid, and Personal/Home Care Aids. This also means that there’s a need for versatility and specialized skills at the same time.

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is the largest college in the state of Utah. SLCC’s 10 campuses and online classrooms serve more than 60,000 students. With an accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), credits earned from SLCC can easily be transferred to 4-year colleges and universities in the region. In fact, about 73% of SLCC graduates pursue higher education.

SLCC’s Certified Nursing Assistant (KCNA) program is offered under the college’s School of Applied Technology and Technical Specialties. The program’s curriculum is approved by the Utah Nursing Assistant Registry (UNAR), the overseeing body for CNA instructors and programs. Topics discussed include human relations, anatomy and physiology, bacteriology, body mechanics, disease processes, and therapeutic treatments. A recurring theme throughout the program is “precaution”, especially when it comes to the safety of both patients and CNAs.

Upon the completion of the 150-hour program, students will receive a Certificate of Achievement. There are two class schedules available. Daytime classes are from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; while evening classes are from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Both class schedules are held Mondays to Thursdays on the college’s Jordan Campus. Students are required to attend six clinical sessions (Long-term care facility clinicals and acute care hospital clinicals) near the end of the program.

Program costs include a $40 application fee, $342 tuition fee, $22.50 student fees, $15 laboratory fee, and an estimated $120 for books and supplies. There are additional third-party costs including the $75 licensure fee (payable to UNAR), a $29 background check, $35 drug screening, an estimated $15 for immunizations, and $25-60 for uniform (scrubs, shoes, and watch). There are also stand-alone courses like CPR for Health Care Professionals ($29.52) that students may be required to take.

Contact SLCC by phone (801-957-3354) or email them ( for more information about their KCNA program.

Avalon Health Care Group

Avalon Health Care had been providing senior care services for almost 30 years. The facility’s comprehensive services include assisted living, care coordination, home health, hospice care, pharmacy, physicians and physician extenders, rehabilitation therapy, senior housing, and skilled nursing. Serving over 50 communities, Avalon is committed to quality and compassion.

Avalon’s 100-hour CNA training program is offered in five different locations (Ivins, Bountiful, Salt Lake City, Brigham/Ogden, and Payson) all throughout the year. Interested individuals can choose between the accelerated program (three weeks) or the self-paced program (90 days maximum time of completion).

Class availability may differ according to location but classes form every month. The 3-week accelerated program has classes all throughout the week. For the first two weeks, weekday classes are Mondays through Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. During the first week of classes, students must complete 12 hours of clinical practice during the weekends. On the second week, they will have the option to complete 12 hours of clinicals after weekday classes from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. On the last week of classes, weekday classes are only until Wednesday. Students would need to complete 24 hours of clinicals from Thursday to Saturday.

The self-paced program also follows the same schedule but students can spread their classes to up to 90 days by attending classes from different locations throughout that period.

The training is free for Avalon employees. The program cost is $400 for everyone else. The cost covers the classes, use of the textbook, use of equipment and supplies, name badge, and purchase of workbook. Students can take a 4-hour CPR Certification for Healthcare Providers for $50.

Contact Janice Trump by phone (385-209-6900) or email her ( for more information.

Utah CNA Training Centers, LLC

The Utah CNA Training Centers was founded in 2007 to train CNAs for Terri Holland’s home health agency. The first CNA training center was a backroom office converted into a training area that can only fit around 15 students. Now, Utah CNA Training Centers has five locations in Clearfield, Logan, Murray, Orem, and Salt Lake City.

Now operating under the TAC Educational Services, Inc., the Utah CNA Training Centers is the first legal Benefit Corporation in the state. This distinction ensures that the training center is quality-centered. The center also made their programs more accessible, affordable, flexible, and responsive to the needs of their students.

Aside from the regular CNA training program, the center also has a CNA/ESL combination program, CNA Refresher program, and a free Family Caregiver Training. These programs and the curriculum used are approved by the Utah Nurse Assistant Registry (UNAR).

The program is divided into 76 hours of classroom lecture and 24 hours of clinical experience. Classes are held on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Clinicals are for two days, Saturday and Sunday a week before the last classroom session. Each clinical session is for 12 hours. The last Saturday class is only from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. In order to qualify for the program, applicants should be at least 16 years old, proficient in English, and can commit to attending all 100 hours’ worth of classes.

The tuition fee for the regular CNA training course is $425 and covers the textbook and workbook (the textbook must be returned during the last day of classes), job placement assistance, and discounts on the BLS CPR training registration. A deposit of $145 is required during enrollment. The center established a scholarship fund that students can avail of.

Contact Utah CNA Training Centers by phone (801-990-9333) or visit their website for more information.

Life Care Center of Salt Lake City

Life Care Center offers quality inpatient, outpatient, and resident care, even receiving the Bronze Quality Award in 2012. Aside from the center’s patient and resident services, there are also CNA classes offered to the public. The center trains CNAs through a 100-hour training program consisting of 60 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours of clinical instruction.

A new batch of classes forms every month. There is an accelerated program that is only two weeks long with two days of extended clinical instruction.

In order to register for the program, applicants must mail the center a note detailing their name, email address, phone number, and the start date of the class they are registering for. They should also enclose a $100 (check or money order) deposit to Life Care Center of Salt Lake City.

Life Care Center’s CNA training program costs approximately $400 and should be paid on or before the first day of classes. This amount already covers the textbook, CNA exam prep, and both the classroom and clinical instruction. Students that do not have a CPR Certification for Healthcare Providers can avail of a separate class in the facility costing $35. Students also need to buy required supplies and pay for the state certification exam testing fee ($75) separately.

Upon passing the state certification exam, graduates are encouraged to apply for available CNA positions at the Life Care Center of Salt Lake City and the Life Care Center of Bountiful.

Contact Life Care Center of Salt Lake City by phone (801-455-5480 or 385-424-9844 (texts only)) or visit their website for more information.

Here are other schools and facilities that are approved to offer CNA training:

(High school only)

Granite Technical Institute

2500 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84115

Phone: 801-646-4339

Salt Lake City School District- Career and Technical Center

1633 Edison Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84115

Phone: 801-481-4946

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