Nursing Assistant is an important part of the healthcare team directly involved with patient care of the sick and elderly. The Nursing Assistant program prepares students to seek employment in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, home care, physical therapy, hospice, and doctor's offices. During the program, students will develop communication techniques necessary for employment in a healthcare setting. Also, students will demonstrate proficiency in giving personalized care, recording vital signs, and performing restorative services. Nursing Assistants perform rewarding work as they care for cognitively impaired residents, residents with mental health issues, and residents with unique social or physical needs. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be recommended to take the Utah Nursing Assistant Registry (UNAR) State Certification exam to become a certified nursing assistant in the State of Utah.

Cost Summary

Program Cost Estimate


Includes: Tuition (@ 115 hours), Fees and Course Materials. Some elective courses may have additional fees and/or materials that are not calculated in this summary.

High School Cost Estimate


Tuition is free for high school students, however there are some fees and materials that they may be responsible for at the beginning or during the program

  • Annual Fee: $40
  • Workbook: $19
  • Scrubs/Uniform: $43
  • Supplies/Tools/Equipment: $75
  • Licensure: +$90 — NOT required for graduation, but needed to work in Utah
Certificate Processing Fee


Paid upon program completion

Financial Aid

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Admission Requirements

This program is open to qualified high school seniors and adult students. Students must be 16 years or older on or before the first day class. In addition, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (adult students only)
  • High School students must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA.  Students may take the READING exam in lieu of meeting the GPA requirement.
  • Complete the Davis Tech Placement Assessments
  • Must have the following immunizations/screenings*:
    • Current (annual) Tuberculosis (TB) screening
    • Hepatitis B series
    • Annual Influenza vaccine (October through April)
    • COVID-19 vaccine series

*Immunization requirements may vary depending on clinical site requirements. Additional immunizations may be needed.

NOTE: Any misdemeanor or felony conviction on record may negatively impact the chances of completing the program, being placed on an externship site, and obtaining employment in a health care setting.

Functional Requirements for Student Success

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be completed by a student to perform the essential functions of the nurse assistant successfully.

  • The nurse assistant is regularly required to communicate with patients and coworkers through speech and hearing while performing the duties of this job.
  • The nurse assistant is very active and requires long periods of standing and walking.
  • A nurse assistant must be able to bend, kneel, stoop, crouch, crawl, and climb unimpeded.
  • A nurse assistant must frequently lift or move objects and patients weighing over 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus quickly.

If you feel that your physical status would not allow you to complete these duties, you should seek the advice of your doctor or medical professional before proceeding. If your physical status or condition changes during your program of study, your instructor may be able to offer additional help or advice about how to proceed.

See faculty for more information or review critical program information here.

Placement Assessment Requirements

Transcripts for prior academic learning or assessments (such as college or high school), may waive some or all of the admission requirements. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable in most cases. You may upload documentation in your application under the Assessment section.

Accuplacer Next Generation Reading Score: 237 - 300
Alternate Documentation
— No Math Assessments for this program —
Sample Questions for the Accuplacer Math and Reading Assessments can be found here:
Next Generation Accuplacer READING
  • High school students do not need to complete placement assessments unless specifically required by the program
  • Placement testing is waived for students with a Davis Tech Certificate of Completion at an equivalent level or higher, or an associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college.

Certifications & Credentials

Davis Technical College Credentials

  • Davis Technical College Certificate of Program Completion

Available Licensing/Certifications

Transfer Options

The following academic agreements are available to students in the Nursing Assistant program. In order to receive credit for course work included in these agreements, you must provide a transcript to the receiving institution.

Please be aware that some agreements require you to complete the entire program before they will transfer credit. Please contact your instructor at Davis Tech if you have questions.

This program is eligible to transfer credits towards an AAS degree to the following institutions:


86%Placement Rate

97% Licensure Rate

Program Faculty

  • FT Joy Korth – Lead Faculty / Coordinator
  • MSN, RN from Weber State University
  • 801-593-2357
  • FT Deborah Delgado, RN
  • Associate degree from Nightingale College
  • 801-593-2146
  • FT Mauree North Broussard
  • Bachelor's degree from Weber State University
  • PT Amy Crosland
  • PT Gloria Higley
  • Bachelor's degree from Weber State University
  • PT Joni Paxton
  • Associate degree from Salt Lake Community College
  • PT Kathleen Pozzuoli
  • Bachelor's degree from Weber State University
  • PT Kylee Petrowski
  • PT Liza Widmier
  • Bachelor's degree from University of Utah
  • PT Marsha Duley
  • PT Tiffany Ellis
  • Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University

*NOTE: Textbook and material costs are based on Davis Tech’s bookstore prices at the time of publication and are subject to change. There are no charges associated with personal data collection and processes or verification of student identity.

**High School Students: High school students are exempt from student tuition and fees. While high school students are not required to purchase textbooks, they are required to purchase personal and consumable learning resources and materials.