Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate of Proficiency

CNA's are vital members of the health care team.  Nursing assistants are men and women who assist Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) by performing tasks related to patient care in nursing homes, hospitals, and clinics.

Many experienced nursing assistants demand much higher salaries. In Arkansas, Certified Nursing Assistants have an earning potential of up to $8.00 per hour.                       

Course Description

The CNA program consists of 105 hours of classroom theory and 45 hours of clinical instruction in a long-term care setting providing actual hands-on care.  Students who successfully complete the CNA program are eligible to take the skills and written examination that lead to Arkansas State Certification as a Nurse Assistant.

This course includes nursing assistant principles, skills, and attitudes needed to provide care for geriatric patients.  Students are provided with instruction to prepare them to competently provide assistance with activities of daily living and personal care needs and to adequately prepare them to communicate pertinent information regarding the patients to the appropriate health care team members.  Their responsibilities may include bathing and feeding patients, making beds, answering call lights, checking vital signs and escorting patients to various departments. Skills instruction is based on level of difficulty as outlined by the Office of Long-Term Care.

Practical Nursing

Practical Nurses are in demand more today than ever before, with current shortages in most health-related occupations. Healthcare is the second largest industry in the United States. Taking our Practical Nursing program is one of the best ways to begin a fulfilling career in this field. After a year of study with us, you will be qualified to sit for the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) for Practical Nursing.  Once you have passed this exam, you can go right to work as an LPN in a hospital, nursing home, doctor’s office, or other facility. 

Student Learning Outcomes of the Practical Nursing Department:

Upon successful completion of the Practical Nursing program at UAM College of Technology, McGehee the student should have the ability to:

  • Pass the NCLEX-PN on the first writing.
  • Obtain a practical nurse license in the state in which they reside.
  • Enter the workforce with the competencies of an entry level practical nurse.
  • Provide safe, appropriate, holistic, nursing care, utilizing the nursing process, to individuals of diverse cultures, developmental stages, ages, genders, races across the lifespan in various practice settings.
  • Communicate and collaborate successfully and appropriately with other healthcare providers and clients (individuals, families, communities) in the prevention of disease, and maintenance and promotion of health.
  • Assume legal and ethical responsibilities and accountability in the practice of practical nursing as defined by the Arkansas Nurse Practice Act.
  • Join a professional organization to strengthen professional relationships and stay current on trends, issues and concerns of the nursing profession.

PREREQUISITES for the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing   OR the Practical Nursing Technical Certificate:

Dept Course
Course Title Credit
BIOL 2233 Anatomy & Physiology I
(ACTS Equivalent BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy & Physiology I) (Corequisites: ENGL 1013; BIOL 1063 recommended)
BIOL 2291 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
(ACTS Equivalent BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy & Physiology I)(Corequisite: BIOL 2233)
BIOL 2243 Anatomy & Physiology II
(ACTS Equivalent BIOL 2414 Human Anatomy & Physiology II)(Prerequisites: BIOL 2233; CHEM 1023) (Corequisite for CHEM 1023: ENGL 1013; MATH 0183 or equivalent)
BIOL 2301 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
(ACTS Equivalent BIOL 2414 Human Anatomy & Physiology-II)(Corequisite: BIOL 2243)
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalent ENGL 1013 Composition I) (or higher-level composition course) 3
MATH 1043 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalent MATH 1103 or higher-level mathematics course) 3
PE 2113 Nutrition 3
NA 1017 Nursing Assistant 7
CIS 1013 Introduction to Computer-based Systems (ACTS Equivalent CPSI 1003) or higher-level computer course) 3

PREREQUISITES for Practical Nursing Technical Certificate ONLY:

COM 1203 Tech Communication (or higher-level composition course) 3
MAT 1203 Tech Mathematics (or higher-level mathematics course) 3
NUR 1514 PN Anatomy & Physiology 4
PE 2213 Nutrition 3
NA 1017 Nursing Assistant 7
CFA 1103 Tech Computer Fundamentals (or higher-level computer course) 3

Major Requirements for Students Seeking an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree or a Practical Nursing Technical Certificate. 

NUR 1101 PN Vocational/Legal/Ethics 1
NUR 1002 PN Pharmacology 2
NUR 1117 PN Basic Nursing Principles & Skills 7
NUR 1162 PN Geriatric Nursing Management 2
NUR 1242 PN Nursing of Children 2
NUR 2264 PN Clinical I 4
    TOTAL 18
NUR 1203 Intravenous (IV) Therapy 3
NUR 1317 Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing I 7
NUR 1231 PN Nursing of Mothers & Infants 1
NUR 2151 PN Mental Health & Illness 1
    TOTAL 12
NUR 2326 PN Clinical II 6
NUR 2414 PN Clinical III 4
NUR 2422 Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing II 2
    TOTAL 12

Total Hours for Technical Certificate: 42 + prerequisites

Note:  Due to clinical hour requirements, semester schedules and course offerings are subject to change in the Practical Nursing program.

Print a Technical Certificate Program of Study.

Successful completion of the practical nursing program does not assure Arkansas State Board of Nursing’s approval to take the National Council Licensure Examination for practical nursing (NCLEX-PN).  If you have been convicted of a crime of any type, go to the following link for more information or see a faculty member.

Criminal Background Check ASBN Nurse Practice Act

Criminal Background Check Form