TMCC is offering in-person classes and services, masks are required for all individuals. Students who plan to enroll in the Spring 2022 Semester must be fully vaccinated. For more information, visit


CNA/CLS Program Steps to Apply

  1. Apply to the College
    Complete a TMCC Application for Admission and view important dates and deadlines. If you have questions, contact the Admissions and Records Office.
  2. Complete Required Program Interest Form
    Complete and submit this online program interest form that directly informs our department about your intent to apply to one of our programs.

    Don't skip this important step, or your application may be delayed!

    Fill out my online form.
  3. Complete the Following Requirements
    • Background Check (good for 1 year; cost: $49.50)
      Program background checks are completed through
      • Select School and Program from the dropdown menu; type in "Truckee Meadows Community College - Background Check".
      • Select  Program (CLS or CNA)
      • Under Select Services check "Background Check".
      • Click the "Start Application" button and complete the required fields.
    • Drug Screen and Immunizations (good for 1 year; cost: $55)
      Program drug screens and immunizations are completed through
      • Select School and Program from the dropdown menu; type in "Truckee Meadows Community College – CNA/CLS ".
      • Select  Program (CLS or CNA)
      • Under Select Services check "Drug Test" and "Immunizations".
      • Click the "Start Application" button and complete the required fields.
      • Note about Immunizations: You will need to provide documentation of your current immunization status.
        • 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 with subsequent tests submitted upon completion).
        • Two MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella).
        • Varicella Immunity (series of two immunizations or an up-to-date blood test (titer) showing immunity).
        • Influenza vaccine in flu season.
        • Read more about immunizations.
    • Insurance, CPR Card
      • Insurance: You will need to provide proof of your Major Medical Insurance Coverage for the class term.
      • CPR Card: American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS). (CPR Card not required for Phlebotomy)
  4. Register for Classes
    When documents are complete and uploaded, all information will be verified and we will contact you via email indicating your "release" date. You must be released by the Nursing Assistant Department in order to enroll in the class.

Background Checks and Drug Screening

Background checks and drug screens are a requirement of clinical rotations.

If a student declines, or if the background or drug screen is unsatisfactory to the facility, the student will not be permitted to participate in the clinical portion of the program. Students are admitted to each course, subject to the results of the background check and drug screen, and acceptance at the clinical site.

TMCC is not responsible for obtaining background checks or drug screens, and will not receive the results of any investigations.

Current students are advised that they will be withdrawn from the program if clinical requirements are not met for any reason.


TB Screening

Evidence of a negative TB status can be provided one of the following ways:

  • Option 1: QuantiFERON Gold blood titer test results (negative results).
  • Option 2: Two TB skin tests are required (one test and then a second in 7-14 days), unless annual skin tests have been performed.
  • Option 3: If TB skin test is known to be positive, a current negative chest x-ray is required (good for 5 years). A yearly questionnaire will be performed thereafter.

Measles, Mumps and Rubella Immunity

One MMR immunization plus a booster is required if you were born after 1957. Proof of immunity by blood titer will suffice but must be for all three diseases.

Hepatitis B Series

The series of 3 immunizations, 1 initially. A second should be given within 1 month, and the third in 6 months is recommended. Evidence of immunity is acceptable.

Diphtheria/Tetanus Immunization with Pertussis Booster

The injection must have been received within the past 10 years.


Two doses of varicella vaccine, 4 weeks or more apart, or a positive titer.

Influenza Vaccination

Required in flu season (typically October–March).


A valid Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR card, sponsored by the American Heart Association. This is generally valid for two years and must be renewed if expiration occurs prior to the end of clinical experience. Note: online courses are accepted in conjunction with hands-on skills.