Certified Nursing Assistant

Kick-off your new career in the exciting healthcare industry as a CNA.

UNLV Continuing Education is partnering with the Perry Foundations Academy of Health to offer the Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program. The Perry Foundation Academy of Health is a non-profit institution who is dedicated to ensuring learners are equipped to meet the needs of the CNA workforce through student-centered education and training. Utilizing a person-centered care approach, you will be provided the tools necessary to reach your full potential and succeed in this demanding field.

CNAs At-A-Glance

As a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), you will offer patients compassion and patience while assisting them with day-to-day life tasks such as dressing, bathing, and feeding. CNAs enjoy solid job security and frequently work a flexible schedule. Typical work environments include long-term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, and home health care. According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean wage of a Certified Nursing Assistant in Las Vegas is $35,390 (May, 2017). This number is projected to rise as the need for CNAs in Southern Nevada outpaces most other careers.

Program Overview

While in school, you will be instructed on a broad range of subjects, including infection control, communication and interpersonal skills, safety and emergency procedures, personal care skills, psychosocial needs, basic restorative services and skills, basic nursing skills, quality improvement and more. The Perry Foundation Academy of Health’s CNA program is 96 hours and takes four weeks to complete, preparing you to take the Nevada State Board of Nursing exam. You are placed in a clinical setting for 32 of those 96 hours to practice skills learned in the classroom.

Entrance Requirements and Pre-requisites

Persons wishing to enroll in the Perry Foundation Academy of Health CNA Program must be 18 years of age and show proof of high school diploma or equivalency, complete the enrollment agreement and interview with the school’s Academic Director or Program Director. This process ensures each prospective student is capable of completing the program and understands the admission requirements. Background checks and drug screens are a requirement of the program. If a student declines, or if the background or drug screen is unsatisfactory to the Perry Foundation or clinical training sites, the student will not be permitted to participate in the program. Students are admitted to the program, subject to the results of the background check and drug screen.

A valid Healthcare Provider CPR card (BLS) is also required in addition documentation
of your current immunization status for the following:

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria Pertussis Immunity: DPT or Dtap or TDaP within 10 years.
  • TB screening (two-step)
  • Hepatitis B (series of three, one must be completed).
  • Two MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella).
  • Varicella Immunity (series of two immunizations or documented history from physician).
  • Influenza vaccine in flu season.

Program Costs

Tuition for the Nurse Assistant Training Program is $2,100 and includes your textbook & workbook as well as one set of scrubs to be worn during clinicals. Additional fees related to your licensing once the program is completed are not included. See Student catalog for detail.

Class Schedule

Class meets Monday-Wednesday-Friday for four weeks, 8am – 4:30pm with 30 minutes for lunch. All classroom and lab hours will be conducted at the Perry Foundation Academy of Health with the clinicals beginning on day 8 at an approved clinical training site, currently Horizon Specialty Hospital but subject to change.