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Nursing Assistant Certificate (AZ Campus Only)

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Career Outlook and Growth

A career as a Nursing Assistant provides a rewarding work environment and job security in a growing industry.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers as Nursing Assistants are expected to grow at a rate of 2%-4% and add another 202,400 industry job openings in the United States through the year 20321.

Bryan University can fast-track you to success, giving you the education, skills, and confidence to qualify for a great job in just one month!

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nursing Assistants and Orderlies at (visited June 10, 2024). Also online at . Note that job market conditions are dynamic and can change. This data is not intended to predict the market conditions that will be present when you graduate from your program and may differ based on your geographic location and other factors.

Career Opportunities

A Nursing Assistant Certificate from Bryan University can put you on the path to varied job opportunities such as:2

  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Certified Nurses Aide
  • Licensed Nursing Assistant
  • Patient Care Assistant
  • Home Health and Personal Care Aides

2 Example occupations shown herein do not imply a guarantee of employment. Students are responsible for conducting occupational research for their chosen program. Employers have unique hiring practices and job-specific requirements, which may include years of experience for manager positions. Graduates with little to no prior experience should expect an entry-level position.

Attractive Employers

With hands-on training and the right preparation from an accredited school, you could find yourself working in a career you love. As a graduate, you may work in a variety of settings such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Home Health Care
  • Assisted Living Centers
  • Nursing Homes
  • Government Centers
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Career & Job Search Services for Students & Grads

You'll receive dedicated faculty advisors who provide job search assistance, job networking best practices, interview preparation, and will help you create an eye-catching resume.

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Program Highlights

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Get the Skills Employers Want

Bryan U programs are aligned with employers’ needs to ensure you get the most current and relevant skills, including:


  • Resident care procedures: dressing, bathing, transferring, and more
  • Resident rights and safety
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Infectious disease control in a long term setting
  • Chain of command training
  • Infection control measures
  • Non-blood specimen collection
  • Isolation precautions
  • Critical thinking & communication skills
  • Ethical conduct and emotional intelligence
  • Preparation for Arizona CNA certification – one exam attempt included in tuition
  • Micro-Credential Upskill Voucher – included in tuition upon completion of program
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Nursing Assistant Kit to Prepare You for Your Career

As a Bryan University Nursing Assistant student, you’ll receive a kit included in tuition at no extra cost to prepare you for your career! The kit includes:

  • Bryan University Padfolio, Badge Reel, and Pen
  • Blood Pressure Cuff & Stethoscope
  • Voucher for a Set of Scrubs – Order Your Preferred Style and Color!

Modern Campus and Laboratories

Bryan University’s programs are designed with job-readiness in mind. You’ll seamlessly transition from the classroom to a clinical setting through hands-on learning and tech-enabled, instructor-led class sessions.

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    Newly-Built Labs & Equipment

    Our state-of-the-art campus in Tempe, Arizona features labs with well-lit, spacious rooms with patient beds and simulators that simulates a clinical work environment. Our labs operate on a 10:1 student ratio, ensuring you’re able to connect with the instructor to hone your skills.

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    Tech-Enabled, Instructor-Led Classrooms

    We provide you with on-site iPads to complete your coursework and participate in instructor-led discussions - all at your own pace.

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    Convenient Location

    For hands-on, in-person practice and clinical work, you will attend classes at our campus located in Tempe, Arizona. The campus is easily accessible by public transportation.

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    Student-Reserved, On-Site Parking

    Don’t worry about purchasing a parking pass - as a Bryan U student, on-site and covered parking is free!

Gain Valuable Experience

Bryan University’s Nursing Assistant Certificate is aligned with current competencies by the Arizona Board of Nursing and developed in collaboration with industry experts. You’ll gain real-world experience combined with assignments that simulate job tasks to ensure you’re job-ready upon graduation.

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Become a Certified Nursing Assistant

Through 45 hours of tech-enabled, instructor-led coursework and 75 hours of hands-on learning you’ll be prepared for the Arizona Board of Nursing’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam. At BU, we not only prepare you for the certification exam, but we even pay for your first attempt! Plus, BU is an approved certification exam testing site through Headmaster and the AZBN, so you can take your exam right on campus!

Micro-Credential Included in Tuition

All students receive a free micro-credential voucher upon completion of the nursing assistant program, offering students an upskilling opportunity of their choice aimed at enhancing work-related skills such as behavioral health, respiratory care, and disease prevention.

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Upgrade Your Skills & Career Options

Once you complete your certificate, you may consider continuing your education. Bryan University offers a renowned 100% online Undergraduate Certificate in Medical Assisting. Take the next step by gaining additional industry skills employers need while preparing to earn your certified clinical medical assistant exam.

Hear from Our Successful Graduates

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"The experience at Bryan University exceeded my expectations and improved my life." 
–Claire Cielinski, BU Graduate
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“I’ve never met a group who care about students the way the instructors do at Bryan. It was an awesome experience.”
–Brandon Granger, BU Graduate

Program Learning Outcomes

Following the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Work as a team within the health care facility and community
  • Professional, legal and ethical behavior that protects patient’s rights
  • Physical, social cultural, social services and mental health needs of residents
  • Effective communication, nonverbal and verbal
  • Promote the safety of residents and provide for comfort and rest
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Basic emergency care, first-aid principles
  • Knowledge of basic nutrition
  • Personal care and grooming of residents
  • Measure vital signs correctly
  • Transfers, positioning and turning of residents
  • Cognitive impaired residents and their care
  • Identify Major body systems and common health problems
  • Assist with diagnostic testing and pre-operative care
  • Assist with Admission/Transfer/Discharge of resident
  • Hospice care, family and residents needs
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Accreditation & Approvals

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Benefits for You

Included in Tuition

As a Bryan University student, you’ll receive these benefits and services included in tuition at no extra cost.

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    Industry Certifications & Credentials

    Prepare for third-party certifications – one certification exam attempt paid for by the university.

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    Electronic Books & Courseware

    We give you easy access to your e-textbooks and software.

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    Tutoring & Academic Support

    Our tutors and academic staff provide personalized support whenever you need it.

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    Career Kit

    You’ll receive a career kit to ensure you’re ready to succeed in your program.

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    Career Services

    Get expert help to ensure you're job-ready and connect with employers.

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    Mentoring from Expert Faculty

    Learn from faculty with real-world experience in their field.

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Why Learn With Us

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    Finish Faster

    We recognize that life can be busy and complex, so we’ve designed a more efficient learning experience. With our accelerated coursework, you’ll complete our programs in the quickest amount of time while receiving expert feedback.

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    Learn Easier & Retain More

    We provide you with user-friendly learning technology such as adaptive digital textbooks and hands-on experiences to help you learn faster, easier, and retain more knowledge. All your efforts are recorded so you can track your progress, plus you’ll gain greater skill mastery through continuous practice.

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    Hands-on, 1:1 Academic Support

    Connect with peers, teachers, and mentors who will provide support, expand your professional network, and celebrate your success along the way. Our hands-on learning approach allows you to master your skills so you’re ready to enter the workforce with the support of your institution behind you.

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    Real-world Training

    From day one, you enter a learning environment as a newly hired “employee” that mimics a real-world employment setting so you gain greater confidence as you build your skills to become job-ready. We break down each skill into smaller components that you can practice repeatedly, analyze effectively, and receive guided coaching from teachers.

Affording College

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Tuition Lock Guarantee

Once you enroll, we lock-in your tuition rate so you can rest assured that your tuition will never increase over the length of your program. The current tuition rate for the full Nursing Assistant Certificate program, which includes all courseware, lab fees, one exam attempt for the AZBN CNA certification, and a micro-credential post completion of the program is $2,100.

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Financing Options Available You Qualify

Bryan University offers payment plan options and a dedicated financial advisor to ensure school is affordable.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to Bryan University, prospective students must complete the following requirements:

  • Proof of a high school diploma or its equivalent.

  • Proof of identification.

  • Complete required forms for admission.

  • Acceptance of the University’s Course Catalog.

  • Criminal Background Check.

  • Proof of vaccination to include, Hepatitis B, Influenza, MMR, Varicella, and Pneumococcal.

  • Drug Screening with negative results.

  • Student disclosure stating they have the ability to participate in the physical requirements of this career.

  • Completion of a Wonderlic entrance exam assessing the English language, reading, and math skills, achieving a minimum score of 14.

To begin this process, we invite you to contact a member of our admissions team at 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form.