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Arizona CNA Information – Requirements, Salary, Training, Renewal And Reciprocity

February 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Certified Nursing Assistant

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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