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CNA Information for Arizona

Arizona provides many CNA employment opportunities. To work legally as a CNA in Arizona, you must meet the necessary requirements of the state. These requirements are implemented in accordance of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987. The Arizona State Board of Nursing carries out these laws to qualify applicants wishing to work at a CNA.

Requirements to work as a CNA in Arizona
  • Successful completion of state - approved training
  • Pass both written and skill CNA State Exam
  • Applicants must submit fingerprint cards. Licenses/certificates and temporary permits will not be issued without the results of a state and federal background check

Salary Average for Certified Nursing Assistant in Arizona
  • Between $17,200 and $30,600
  • $12.07 per hour typically (Hourly rate will increase by experience)

Training program criteria in Arizona
To become a CNA in Arizona, completion of a 120 hour Arizona State Board of Nursing approved nursing assistant program is required for the state exam. Some state - approved training programs may differ when it comes to number of hours in classroom and practical training.

Renewing Certification in the State of Arizona
To renew CNA Certification in Arizona:
(1) A pre-printed recertification form will be mailed out to the CNA 2-3 months prior to your expiration date. If you still do not receive any notice, you may obtain renewal form by contacting Arizona Nurse Aide Registry or visiting State Registry's website.
(2) Requirements for recertification are:

You must have worked nursing assistant duties atleast 160 hours within the past 2 years.
You must have no felony convictions.

(3) Enclose documentation of citizenship or nationality for licensure and renewal fee.
(4) Completed form with required documents and fees must be mailed (No Fax) to the address indicated in the form.

To renew Expired CNA Certification in Arizona:
(1) Obtain Renewal Form and CNA Lapsed/Expired Certificate Questionnaire by contacting AZ Nurse Aide Registry or visiting State Registry's website.
(2) Requirements for renewing expired certificate are:

  • You must have worked nursing assistant duties at least 160 hours within the past 2 years.
  • You must have no felony convictions.

(3) Enclose the following:

Documentation of citizenship or nationality for licensure
Renewal fee
CNA Lapsed/Expired Certificate Questionnaire Form.

(4) Completed form with required documents and fees must be mailed (No Fax) to the address indicated in the form.

Applying for Reciprocity in Arizona

If an approved CNA moves to Arizona from another state, the applicant must contact the Arizona Nurse Aide Registry to obtain a transfer/reciprocity form. Completed form with required information, documentations and fees must be submitted by mail. These requirements are
(1) proof that he or she is listed as active on nursing assistant activity and
(2) proof that he or she is currently working as CNA or completed the state training program and passed the CNA state exam.

State Contact Information for CNA Certifications
For more detailed information visit:
AZ State Board of Nursing

List of State-Approved Training Programs:
Arizona Western College
Yuma, Arizona 85365


Estimated cost:
$1500 (For AZ Residents)
$1650 (For AZ Non-Residents)
$2250 (For WUE or Western Undergraduate Exchange)

Five (5) credit hour certificate per semester
Central Arizona College
Aravaipa Campus:
Winkelman, AZ 85292

Signal Peak Campus:
Coolidge, AZ

Superstition Mountain Campus:
Apache Junction, AZ

Skills Center or Casa Grande Center:
Casa Grande, AZ

Cost is $849 includes state certification
Sixteen (16) to Eighteen (18) weeks of training, 60 hours for classroom instruction and 90 hours for clinical instruction

Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology
Coolidge, AZ


Two (2) semester course
Cochise College
Sierra Vista Campus
Sierra Vista, Arizona

Cost is $540 includes:
Tuition
Registration
Technology Fee
Laboratory Fee
Liability Insurance
State Certification Fee
Drug Screen Fee
Books


Five (5) credit hour course per semester
Coconino Community College
Fourth Street Campus
Flagstaff, AZ

Estimated Cost is $815, includes:
Tuition ($70 per credit hour)
Course Fee
Technology Fee
Textbook
Workbook
Scrubs
Watch
Pens/Small Notebook
Fingerprint
State Examination


Five (5) credit hour per semester
Mesa Community College
Southern & Dobson Campus
Mesa, AZ

Red Mountain Campus
Mesa, AZ

Downtown Center
Mesa, AZ

Banner Boswell
Sun City, AZ

Williams
Mesa, AZ

Estimated Cost is $1046 includes:
Nursing Assistant Tuition
Registration/Course Fee
Fingerprint Fee
Textbook
Urine Drug Screen
Uniform and clinical supplies
Physical exam and Immunizations

Six (6) credit hour, 156 hours for classroom and clinical instruction
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Arizona CNA Information - Requirements, Salary, Training, Renewal and Reciprocity