College of Health Sciences

Certified Nursing Assistant

Coronavirus "Emergency Burden Reduction"
Statement from the Utah Department of Health:

“On March 6, 2020, Governor Herbert issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in response to the evolving outbreak of the coronarvirus. On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency due to the outbreak. Many Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Programs (NATCEP) have since experienced difficulties placing student nurse aids in nursing homes for the clinical, or practical, experience portion of their training. Additionally, the staffing resources of all health care providers has been stretched and it is anticipated that staffing needs of all health care providers, including nursing homes, will reach a critical level during the evolving outbreak. The certified nurse aide is an essential component of the health care delivery system. For these reasons, and to ease the staffing burden of our health care providers, state requirements for the training of nurse aides will be temporarily reduced, giving NATCEP’s greater flexibility while still providing quality training.

During the declared state of emergency, a NATCEP shall be required to ensure each student completes at least 75 hours of supervised and documented training by a licensed nurse; at least 16 of these hours must be supervised practical training in a laboratory or other setting in which the student demonstrates knowledge while performing tasks under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse. The 16 hours of practical training shall include the completion if the Nurse Aide Skills Proficiency Performance (NAPP) list.”


At this time, formerly certified CNAs in the State of Utah expired more than 6 months can seek reinstatement of their certification through a Utah Department of Health Variance Request. If granted, this variance waives the requirement to retake a CNA training course and state certification exams to regain certification as a nursing assistant. Certification will not be revoked when the crisis is over and can be maintained if certification requirements continue to be met. There is no cost involved. See the Expired More than 6 Months document under the Forms heading on the utahcna.com website.


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).

utahcna.com

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.

Skills

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.

Knowledge

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.

Where to Test

UNAR has independent testing site partners across the state in Blanding, Cedar City, Kaysville, Hurricane, Lehi, Logan, Moab, Ogden, Price, Richfield, Roosevelt, Salt Lake City, St. George, Tooele, and Vernal.

Test Scheduling

Each test site is run independently and sets their own schedule. To view the most current list of our testing sites, visit UNARs website at https://utahcna.com and view the Test Site Information document. This document will also list each sites testing hours and whether an appointment is required for the knowledge exam or if they welcome walk-ins. Appointments are always required for the skill exam. This document can also be viewed in your TMU personal portal.

To schedule a test with a specific test site, you must login to your TMU personal portal and pay for the test. Testing fees are non-refundable. Once you have paid for your test, you will be able to access all the testing appointments that are available. You can also reschedule any testing appointments through your TMU personal portal. Step-by-step scheduling instructions can be found on https://utahcna.com.

Any changes or cancellations to a testing appointment must be made at least one full business day prior to your testing appointment. If you fail to show up to your scheduled appointment, you will forfeit your testing fee. If you schedule an appointment for your knowledge test and later decide you would like to test as a walk-in, you must first cancel your testing appointment. If you miss your scheduled testing appointment, you will forfeit your testing fee.

ID Requirements

A current, valid, photo ID must be presented at time of testing and must be the original ID. Photo, fax, or digital copies will not be accepted. First and last name on ID must match first and last name of tester in TMU. The identification must have an expiration date and must be current. The following forms of identification are acceptable:
Driver’s license, learner’s permit, or temporary operator card from any state
Identification issued by any branch, department, or agency of the US or State of Utah
High school, technical school, college, or professional school identification within the State of Utah may not have expiration date but must be current school year
A tribal identification card
Passport from any country

Items Allowed During Testing

Personal items are to be stored according to test site policy. No cell phones are allowed. You may use a calculator, scratch paper, and pencil/pen, all of which are provided by the testing site. A translation dictionary is allowed but must be provided to the testing center in advance for inspection and may not contain definitions or added notes. All equipment needed for the skills test will be provided by the testing site including blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, and a watch.

Dress for Skills Exam

All examinees must wear scrubs, closed toe shoes, have their hair tied back, and no dangling jewelry.

Physical Limitations

You will not be allowed to take the skills exam if you have an injury, serious illness or are more than 6 months pregnant without providing the testing site with a health care providers release to work full duty as a CNA.

Accommodations

Accommodations for testing may be requested by completing the ADA Accommodations Request form available on UNARs website, https://utahcna.com. The completed form and supporting documentation must be submitted to UNAR as directed on the form.

Three Testing Attempts

Students completing a training course have up to 1 year to pass both the knowledge and skill exams and are given up to three attempts at both portions of the exam.

Requirements for employment

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 requirements in the profession

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.

Contact

Carole Pyper

Admissions Specialist, Nursing Department

Email: cna@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4801

Fax: 435-879-4829

Office: THSC 367

Amber Denning

Advisor: Freshman & Sophomore
(less than 60 credits)

Email: amber.denning@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4305

Office: HCC 131

Alicia Frank

Administrative Assistant, Nursing Department

Email: Alicia.Frank@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4810

Office: THSC 302

ALICE ROACH

Advisor: Junior & Senior 60 or more credits

Email: Alice.Roach@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4813

Office: Taylor 372