Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program

TMCC will be offering a 3-week SKILLS class (NURS 129) starting Jan. 5 through Jan. 23, 2015. This class will fulfill the Nursing Assistant requirements to the Nursing Program. For more information, please contact us.

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program is an occupational preparatory program offered by the TMCC Sciences Division. Students completing the CNA course will be prepared to assist the professional nurse in direct client care, undertaking those tasks which are supportive to the care of the stable client.

This course meets the Nevada State Board of Nursing eligibility requirements to take the NSBN CNA Clinical Skills Competency Exam and the Written Knowledge Exam. Enrollment is open to the general community.


Students who attend CNA classes follow the fee schedule and refund policy described in the current TMCC College Catalog. These costs are subject to change.

  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Lab Fees ($50.00)
  • Textbook and Workbook (check with TMCC Bookstore for current pricing)
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Pre-Registration Requirements and Procedures

See Also: Program Requirements

Note: you will not be allowed to enroll in the TMCC CNA Program classes until all requirements listed below are met.

  1. Background Check (good for 1 year; cost: $49.50)
    • To complete the CNA Program Background check, go to
    • Select school.
    • Select program.
    • Complete required fields, then "continue" to enter payment information.
    • Print receipt and submit to CNA Program office.
  2. Drug Screen (good for 1 year; cost: $55.00)
    • To complete the CNA Program Drug Screen, go to
    • Click on "Order Now" > "Students" > enter Package Code: TR36.
  3. Immunizations, Insurance, CPR card (cost: $20; included in $55.00 total cost)
    • To certify your immunizations, insurance coverage, and CPR card for the CNA Program, go to www.certifiedbackground.comand upload documents.
      • Major Medical Insurance Coverage for the class term
      • CPR card: American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider or Red Cross Professional Rescuer
      • Tetanus, Diphtheria Pertussis Immunity: DPT or Dtap or TDaP within 10 years
      • Two negative TB tests within 1 year (one week apart is admissible)
      • 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
  4. Contact the CNA Program. If documents are complete, you will be released to enroll in classes within 24 hours.

Certification as a Nursing Assistant

Students who successfully complete the TMCC CNA Program are eligible to apply for certification in the state of their choice. Each state has specific criteria for certification eligibility requirements; some students elect to take the certification examination in Nevada and then apply for out of state certification.

Each state Board of Nursing determines requirements for certification; it is the student’s responsibility to contact the state of their choice to ascertain eligibility requirements.

Completion of an approved program is only one of the requirements and does not mean automatic certification as a Nursing Assistant.

The State of Nevada certification application contains five questions which may impact their ability to obtain certification in Nevada. These five questions have to do with:

  • Revocation, denial, or suspension of a license or certificate,
  • Conviction of a criminal offense,
  • Problems with drug or alcohol use,
  • Treatment for mental illness, and
  • Physical disability which could impair ability to practice nursing.

For further information, students should contact the TMCC CNA Coordinator or the Nevada State Board of Nursing.

CNA Program

Truckee Meadows Community College
7000 Dandini Boulevard, RDMT 418
Reno, Nevada 89512-3999

Telephone: 775-673-7115 or Fax: 775-673-7034
CNA Testing: 775-673-7019

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