College of Health Sciences

Certified Nursing Assistant

Students who enroll in the DSU Nurse Assistant Program earn college credit for CNA course work—no other program in the area can offer that advantage. Even high school students who are interested in pursuing a career in health sciences can sign up for our Concurrent Enrollment courses and earn college credits while fulfilling high school requirements.

We train students to work in long term care facilities, home health care, hospital settings, and to continue in nursing education. The curriculum includes lab instruction in a state of the art nursing laboratory, traditional classroom instruction, and hands-on clinical experiences at various long term care facilities in the area.

Successful completion of the program enables students to take the Utah State Nurse Assistant certification exam to become a CNA. Our program instructors are qualified, caring individuals devoted to students’ success. Our students have a 98% pass rate for state certification exams (UNAR).

CNA Program completion

Certificate Order Form

The nursing assistant certification process in the State of Utah requires that students demonstrate minimum competency by passing both a knowledge and skills demonstration exam upon completion of their nursing assistant training. Students have 1 year from the date of completion from the DSU CNA Program to pass both portions of the exam. Students who test soon after completing have a significantly higher pass rate than those who wait more than 3 months.

The State of Utah requires that each student completing the DSU nursing assistant course learn and demonstrate the ability to perform more than 70 skills. This is documented while enrolled in our program by completing the Utah Nursing Assistant Registry (UNAR) Nursing Assistant Skill Proficiency Performance List (NAPP). Of the 70+ skills learned, 22 have been identified for inclusion in the state skills exam, which are included in the skills handbook and covered extensively throughout our program. Of these 22, students will be expected to perform 5 random skills during the state test. To pass the skill exam students must receive a minimum score of 80% for each skill performed along with 100% of key steps and complete testing within 45 minutes.

The knowledge portion of the exam consists of 75 multiple-choice questions. In order to pass the knowledge test students must receive a minimum score of 75%. This means students must answer a minimum of 57 questions correctly to pass this portion of the exam. The exam questions are selected randomly by the testing software from a large pool of questions that have been approved by a UNAR Test Advisory Panel. The panel consists of nursing assistant instructors from the State of Utah. Each question has been reviewed for accuracy and appropriateness by the panel. You have up to 2 hours to complete the exam.

Most employers will require BLS with AED certification (CPR for Healthcare Providers) and immunizations; Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B series, and seasonal Influenza vaccine. Some employers will cover the cost for some or all of the required vaccines, if student is employed while enrolled in nursing assistant training program (within 120 days of Certification). Employers will also require a current drug screen and background check.

Advancement within the nursing profession requires completion of all pre-nursing courses and for admittance to the DSU Nursing Program, state Certification as CNA. Patient contact experience is highly valued.


CNA Program


Phone: 435-879-4810

Fax: 435-879-4829

Office: Taylor 302

Christian Wright



Phone: 435-652-7697

Office: HCC 132