COVID-19 UPDATES

In an effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19, the UNAR office is closed. Staff are continuing to meet the needs of our customers through email and phone messaging.

All paperwork, including Renewal Applications, is being accepted through email during this time. You can reach UNAR staff by emailing us at unar@davistech.edu or calling 801-547-9947 and leaving a voice message. Due to our phone system being tied to the Davis Tech College system, UNAR is unable to receive calls during any Davis Tech closure but will continue to respond to email.

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COVID-19 Information

UPDATES RELATED DIRECTLY TO NURSING ASSISTANT TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION DURING THE DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY ARE AS FOLLOWS:
  • You do not need to test and be certified to work as a nursing assistant during this declared state of emergency. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is allowing healthcare facilities to hire non-certified staff and allowing them to work beyond 120 days. Employers are especially eager to hire those who have completed nursing assistant training, even if you have not tested and certified
  • Certification testing is available in some areas on a very limited basis and changes almost daily. Sites are run independently and make decisions locally. Log into TMU to check the status of your scheduled appointment before going to make sure it hasn’t been cancelled.
  • The most recent information the UNAR has on testing availability is as follows:
    • Bridgerland: Open for testing that is pre-scheduled through TMU
    • Davis Tech: Open for testing that is pre-scheduled through TMU, knowledge test is also available on a walk-in basis
    • Dixie State University: Open for testing
    • Salt Lake Community College: Open for testing as of May 26
    • Mountainland Technical College: Open to MTech students in June and the public beginning July 1, all tests are pre-scheduled through TMU
    • Ogden Weber Tech College: Open for testing that is pre-scheduled through TMU
    • Southwest Tech: Limited availability
    • Snow College:  Open for testing that is pre-scheduled through TMU
    • Tooele Tech College: Open for testing as of June 1
    • Uintah Basin Tech College: Open to UBTECH students, contact Jim at 435-725-7103 or Amber at 435-722-6914
    • Utah State University: Some availability in Blanding but is otherwise closed until further notice
  • Students whose 1-year training period expires during the declared state of emergency will be given an extension to complete certification testing. The length of the extension will be based on the length of the emergency. We cannot answer questions about how long that extension will be until we know when the emergency is declared over.
  • UNAR is waiving all late fees on certification renewal applications received during this time.
  • Email is now an acceptable way to submit any paperwork to UNAR. Send it as a PDF email attachment to unar@davistech.edu. You can also mail it to the address listed on your renewal notice.
  • Formerly certified CNA’s in the State of Utah (expired more than 6 months) can seek recertification through a Variance Request to the Utah Department of Health. If granted, this request waives the requirement to retake a CNA training course and state certification exams to regain certification as a nursing assistant. Certification will not be revoked when the crisis is over and can be maintained if certification requirements continue to be met. See the Expired More than 6 Months document (also found in the 'Forms' section of the home page).
  • If you are expired less than 6 months, simply submit your completed renewal application. Late fees will be waived.
  • CMS is waiving the requirements at 42 CFR 483.35(d) (with the exception of 42 CFR 483.35(d)(1)(i)), which require that a SNF and NF may not employ anyone for longer than four months unless they met the training and certification requirements under § 483.35(d). CMS is waiving these requirements to assist in potential staffing shortages seen with the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure the health and safety of nursing home residents, CMS is not waiving 42 CFR § 483.35(d)(1)(i), which requires facilities to not use any individual working as a nurse aide for more than four months, on a full-time basis, unless that individual is competent to provide nursing and nursing related services. We further note that we are not waiving § 483.35(c), which requires facilities to ensure that nurse aides are able to demonstrate competency in skills and techniques necessary to care for residents’ needs, as identified through resident assessments, and described in the plan of care.
  • For Nursing Assistant Training & Competency Evaluation Programs (NATCEP’s) the Utah Department of Health has waived the requirement for students to complete 24 hours of clinical training in a nursing facility. A minimum of 16 hours of skills lab time is required and must be used to complete the Nursing Assistant Skills Proficiency Performance (NAPP) list.
  • CNA training programs within the State of Utah may choose to utilize distance education practices in an effort to stem the spread of Covid-19 without specific UNAR approval. It is my desire to provide the flexibility necessary for each program to meet student need. During this period of upheaval to the system I will not be holding programs to the current standard of classroom attendance. This is not an order to stop holding in-person classes. That is a decision for each program to make for themselves or as directed by local officials. Some programs are well-prepared to provide distance education, others are less so. It may be reasonable for some of you to delay class until the situation improves while others continue providing instruction for students while following the guidelines set forth by the CDC and local officials. CNA training is very hands-on and so what can be accomplished through distance learning will be limited. NAPP list completion will still be required of every student.