The purpose of the Nursing Assistant training program is to assist students in developing the skills and knowledge necessary to qualify for employment in the field.  These skills will enable the individual to work in long-term care, hospital or home health settings under the supervision of licensed nurses, to provide personal care, and to monitor, observe, and report appropriately.  In addition this program has been designed to prepare students for taking the Certified Nursing Assistant examination per the Arizona State Board of Nursing guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How much does the Nursing Assistant training program cost?
The tuition for this program is $1500.00 for the 120 hour program.

Is there financial assistance to pay the tuition?
Yes.  We have a variety of payment plan options available. Additionally, individuals may qualify for assistance through numerous agencies (i.e. military spouses may qualify for funding through the MyCAA tuition assistance program; displaced workers and those who meet financial eligibility may qualify for tuition assistance through Cochise County Workforce Development; individuals currently working for an agency may qualify for tuition assistance through their employer, etc.).  For questions related to financial assistance, please give us a call or stop by our Student Services Center.

Do I have to have a high school diploma or GED to take this class?

Is there a minimum age requirement for this course?
Yes.  HHCI requires students in this program be at least 15 years of age; however, please take note:  The Arizona Department of Health Services requires that nursing assistants employed in nursing homes be at least 16 years of age, and must be at least 18 years of age to operate mechanical lifts.

Are there any pre-requisites for this course?

Do I have to take a placement test?
Yes.  HHCI uses the Scholastic Level Exam prepared by Wonderlic Education Solutions.  The exam is issued online using the designated computer in the Student Services Center.  Students wishing to enroll in the Nursing Assistant training program must score a minimum of 13 on the placement exam to be eligible for enrollment.

Is there a fee to take the placement test?
Yes.  The Scholastic Level Exam fee is $10.00 (non-refundable).

If I don't score a minimum of 13 on the Scholastic Level Exam will I be able to retake it?
Yes.  There will be a $10.00 fee each time you take the exam.

Are there any other placement requirements for this program?
Yes. Students enrolled in this program are required to pass two (2) urine drug screens (conducted at HHCI - one upon enrollment at the student cost of $20.00 which is non-refundable; the second drug screen is conducted randomly by HHCI prior to the start of externship and the fee is included in the cost of tuition), and must pass a background screening (performed by Universal Background Screening).  In addition, students in this program must be able to prove negative Tuberculosis (TB) status in order to proceed with the externship portion of the program.

Once I'm enrolled, how long will the training take?
The program is a total of 120 hours.  The course is taught on-campus and may be offered full-time (8 hours per day), or part-time (5 hours per day) at the discretion of the instructor.  Check with the Student Services Center for an updated list of class schedules.  Students enrolled in this program will complete 40-hours of clinical in a local nursing home.  CPR and First Aid training is available to those who sign-up for the CPR/FA class.

Once I've completed the training program will I be certified?
No; however, students successfully completing the Nursing Assistant program will receive a Certificate of Achievement from HHCI, and may be eligible to sit for state certification.  In order to work in a nursing home environment, many hospitals, and home health agencies, students must successfully pass the state exam for certification (if the graduate begins employment, the graduate must take the exam within four months of completing their program).  Should the student opt to not work immediately upon completion of his/her program, the state exam must be taken within 24 months from the date of program completion, or may have to re-do his/her training program).  Please note:  The tuition amount of $1500.00 includes the state testing fee (one attempt each for the written and manual skills exams).  Students will be assisted to apply for testing upon successful completion of the training program.

The exam is given by D & S Diversified Technologies on behalf of the State.  The exam may only be issued once a student has completed his/her training program.  Please visit the D & S Diversified Technologies website for more information on the testing process, as well as authorized testing sites throughout Arizona.

Is there a fee to take the state certification exam?
Yes.  The fee is $113.00 paid directly to D & S Diversified Technologies (included in the tuition rate noted above). 

For more information, please click here to see the HHCI Student Catalog.


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