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Nursing Assistant Courses

Through Pima's state-approved Nursing Assistant courses, you can earn credit and prepare for Arizona Certified Nursing Assistant exams. Courses include:

  • Lecture (NRA 101)
  • Hands-on lab (NRA 101LS)
  • Clinical instruction (NRA 101LC)

Successful completion of these courses will prepare you to take Arizona’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) certification exams.

Nursing assistants provide care that is vital to patient health and safety in a variety of healthcare settings, including:

  • Doctor’s offices
  • Clinics
  • Long-term care and assisted living facilities
  • Hospitals and other healthcare settings

Note: These courses are not equivalent to a credit certificate or degree. You must obtain consent from Pima’s Nursing Department before enrolling in these courses.

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Completing these courses and the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) certification exams can lead to employment in a variety of different careers. Here are some examples of occupations related to these courses with associated annual median wages. Some careers may require additional education or training. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Certified or Licensed Nursing Assistant $32,050

Course Highlights

  • Arizona State Board of Nursing-approved courses
  • 80 hours lecture and hands-on skills laboratory instruction
  • 40 hours clinical instruction at long-term care facilities and hospitals
  • Eligible for federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funding


  • Assist patients with activities of daily living, including at mealtime, and walking and toileting
  • Check vital signs
  • Communicate effectively with patients, their families and health care teams
  • Report unusual occurrences or incidents to the nurse in charge
  • Maintain a safe patient environment

Enrollment Requirements

  • Accuplacer test results (reading, arithmetic and WritePlacer)
  • Arizona Department of Public Safety fingerprint fingerprint clearance card: Level 1
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Physical exam report
  • Tuberculosis (TB) skin test results
  • Immunization record
  • Proof of American Heart Association BLS certification
  • Negative drug screen proof (Program staff will provide paperwork to you for drug screening.)
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