Certified Nursing Assistant

  • Certified Nursing Assistant

    One semester, a lifetime of skills! Our CNA course provides 60 hours of classroom instruction and 80 hours of supervised skills with clinical training.

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Thank you for your interest in the HCA A105 Certified Nurse Aide course being offered at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The course is a six-credit course that prepares students to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) in the state of Alaska. 

Certified nurse aides assist in nearly every aspect of nursing care in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, assisted living, and home health. CNAs are responsible for recording vital signs such as pulse, respiration, blood pressure, and temperature, recording fluid intake and outputs, weights, and recording other observations. They also provide daily care to patients, such as helping with meals, baths, exercises, and treatments.

In outpatient clinics, CNAs are primarily responsible for preparing patients for the examination by a physician or nurse. They are also responsible for making sure the patients, nurses, and physicians receive the help they need during examinations or treatments. Other duties involve monitoring and stocking medical supplies, and scheduling. In rural Alaska, Native speaking CNAs are often called upon to provide crucial translation skills.

Certified nurse aides work wherever nurses are employed. Rural Alaska employers include regional hospitals, specialty clinics operated by regional health corporations or state and federal agencies, community-based health care programs and home health employers.

Why choose CNA at UAA? 


Demand for CNAs in the state of Alaska is strong with high job placement rate.

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Cost-effective course includes CPR training, medical terminology, basic anatomy, first aid, and skills labs.

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Students receive on-site clinical training at local health care facilities.


 Course prepares students for entry into the health care field and for the State of Alaska Certification Examination.

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Program Information

The UAA Catalog is the official source of all degree and certificate programs at the university. Catalog entries for each program include details such as learning outcomes, application timeline and requirements, course sequencing, and program requirements. 


Catalog: HCA A105 Certified Nurse Aide Course Description


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Message from the Director

Thank you for your interest in the UAA Certified Nurse Aide Program. This state of Alaska Board of Nursing approved training program prepares you for the state CNA examination in just one semester. This 6-credit course includes 60 hours of classroom instruction that will get you ready to take the written portion of the examination. It also includes 32 hours of skills instruction in the classroom lab. Additionally, students in the CNA class will get 48 hours of valuable hands-on training in a healthcare facility working with actual residents. This 80 hours of clinical and skills training prepares students for the skills portion of the state exam. Students who have taken UAA’s CNA class have an excellent pass rate and are well prepared to join the healthcare workforce.


-Marsha Bailey, RN


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(907) 786-4346

Physical Address
UAA School of Allied Health
Allied Health Sciences Building
3500 Seawolf Drive, AHS 148
Anchorage, Alaska 99508

Mailing Address
UAA Certified Nursing Assistant
3211 Providence Drive, AHS 148
Anchorage, Alaska, 99508