Certified Nursing Assistants work under the supervision of licensed nursing professionals. CNA’s are the health professionals that patients encounter most often. They are a very important part of the Health Care Team. Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’s) are qualified to care for patients at assisted living centers, long-term care centers, home health agencies, and hospitals. Most LPN and RN training institutions require CNA Certification as a prerequisite.

The primary duty of Certified Nursing Assistants, or CNA’s, is direct patient care, including attending to daily needs such as bathing and hygiene, assisting those with eating difficulties, and helping patients with range-of-motion exercises. Nursing Assistants also record and monitor patients’ vital signs, as well as remaining alert for any changes in the patient’s behavior or condition that might signal problems. Students are trained under the direction of a licensed nurse in a patient’s physical, emotional, and social care. Both classroom theory and clinical experience in a healthcare facility will be provided. Often the clinical experience will not be scheduled at the same time as classes. When students pass this course they will be qualified to sit for Utah’s certification, written and skills exam. Clinicals will need to be completed outside of class; this will be arranged by the clinical coordinator.

Professional ethics

Basic safety and emergencies

CPR Certification

Communication skills

Body mechanics


Basic Human Needs

Cognitive Impairment

Mental Illness 

Vital signs

Infection control

Body systems and diseases

Personal care of the patient and the patient’s environment

Certificates and Licensures

  1. MTECH Program Certificate in Nurse Assistant
  2. Healthcare Provider BLS and First Aid Certificate
  3. Students are prepared to sit for the State of Utah Certified Nurse Assistant Certification Exam

Program Snapshot

  Registration Eligibility: Adults and high school students who are age 16 and older and at least a junior in high school.

  Registration Availability: Registration for Fall 2019 opens April 23, 2019 at 8:00 am online on the MTECH Registration Portal and remains open until classes are full. It is recommended to create your MTECH Student Portal account in advance.

  Program Length: 135 Hours.

  Times: Mornings and Afternoons. See schedule details below.

  Locations: MTECH Lehi Main, Orem, Spanish Fork, Provo, and Wasatch West Campuses

  Financial Aid Eligible: This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.

  Financial Aid Eligible: This program is eligible for Veterans Assistance.   +Learn More


  High School Students: Students should coordinate with home high school counselors prior to registration.

  Entrance Assessment: Students must take the MTECH Entrance Assessment. The Entrance Assessment is free and takes about an hour to complete. No appointment is necessary. To learn more visit mtec.edu/testing.

  New Student Orientation: Students must complete the brief MTECH New Student Orientation prior to first day of class.  To learn more visit mtec.edu/nso.

 Students must have TB testing and a Hepatitis B vaccine, or sign a waiver form.

High school students at Wasatch, Park City, North Summit or South Summit  high schools who want to take the Nurse Assistant class must see their high school counselors for more information.


Tuition and Fees

Registration Fee$40.00 
Program Fees$275.00 Includes facilities fee, State testing fee
Tuition$270.00Tuition for the 2019-2020 year will be $283.50 starting July 1, 2019
total:$585.00 All tuition and fees are due at the time of registration.

Materials and Supplies

Blood Pressure Kit$35.00 Optional


*Missed clinicals will incur additional fees of $50 for each missed clinical.

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