Skills Certificate, Certified Nursing Assistant

Note: This degree/certificate leads to professional licensure. Licensing requirements vary by state/territory and relocating could impact whether you will meet eligibility requirements for licensure. Please visit our Professional Licensure Programs page for full details on State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.

Program Description

The nursing assistant course prepares students to assist the professional nurse in direct client care, undertaking those tasks which are supportive to the care of clients and in their scope of practice. This course takes place in the classroom, skills laboratory, and various clinical agencies. This course meets the Nevada State Board of Nursing requirements to prepare nursing assistants to be eligible to take the State written and manual skills nursing assistant exams.

This program is not eligible for financial aid. However, it may be eligible for scholarship funding if the student is awarded scholarships.

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
NURS 130 Nursing Assistant 6
 Semester Total6
 Total Units6

Pre-Registration Requirements

Students must initiate a background check (good for 1 year; cost: $49.50) and show proof of receipt, complete a drug screen (good for 1 year; cost: $55) and have documentation of required immunizations and current major medical insurance and have a Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR card prior to enrolling in the CNA Program. Students will not be allowed to enroll in the CNA Program classes until all requirements are met. Please visit for more details.

Skills Certificates provide training for entry level positions or career advancement and are designed to prepare students to take state, national and/or industry-recognized certifications or licensing exams. Skills certificates are awarded upon completion of coursework and marked on a student's transcripts at the end of the semester (Student are unable to declare intent to complete a skills certificate.) Skills Certificates are not eligible for Financial Aid. 

To earn a skills certificate, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  2. Have no financial or library obligation to the college
Certificate Requirement
NURS 130Nursing Assistant6
Total Units6

Students completing the certificate will:

  • Demonstrate compliance with standards of practice for nursing assistants.
  • Demonstrate competence with all skills required for certification.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of common elements required for certification by the Nevada State Board of Nursing.