Training Programs in Utah
If you are a nursing student who has completed the course Fundamentals of Nursing within the past 2 years, you are eligible to apply to take the state CNA knowledge and skill tests. You will need to fill out and submit our Nursing Student Waiver Application along with an official, sealed copy of your transcript and the required processing fee to UNAR. Nursing students are given 1 year and 3 attempts to pass both the knowledge and skills portions of the exam. If you are unable to pass either test, you will need to complete a UNAR approved NATCE program.
If you have an active certificate in another state, you can become certified in Utah through our reciprocity process.
Some, but not all facilities, are required to provide reimbursement for training and testing. Those that are required are facilities that are Medicare and/or Medicaid certified by the Health Facility Licensing & Certification division of the Utah Department of Health
Each training program sets their own cost. Contact the program that you are interested in for more information. Some programs are able to offer financial assistance or scholarships.
Facilities that are required by OBRA mandates to have CNA’s on staff may hire an employee who has never been certified to work as a nursing assistant for up to 120 days. If the employee does not become certified within those 120 days, they can no longer work as a nursing assistant. If they continue to work past the 120 days, the facility may face penalties from the Utah Department of Health Facility Licensing & Certification. If your certification has expired or if you have ever held a Utah CNA certificate, this 120-day rule does not apply to you.
The student is responsible for payment of all training and testing fees unless they are employed by or have received an offer of employment from the facility that is providing the training program. If so, you cannot be charged for any portion of the program. This includes textbooks or other required course materials.
The Utah Nursing Assistant Registry
You must be certified in Utah to work as a CNA. You cannot work as a CNA in Utah with an out of state CNA certificate. If you are currently a CNA in another state, you may submit a Reciprocity Application to become certified in Utah. You must be current and active in your home state for the Reciprocity Application to be approved.
Utah Nursing Assistant Registry
450 Simmons Way #700
Kaysville, UT 84037
CNA’s are in very high demand and work in many settings such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, home care companies and others.
CNA is an acronym for certified nursing assistant. A CNA in the State of Utah is certified through the Utah Nursing Assistant Registry and works under the direction of a licensed nurse assisting patients with activities of daily living and performing basic nursing skills. If you have not become certified or have allowed your certification to lapse, you may not work as a CNA or identify yourself as a CNA. If your certificate is expired and you continue to work, your facility may face penalties from the Utah Department of Health Facility Licensing & Certification.
The Utah Nursing Assistant Registry (UNAR) is a list of names of all currently certified nursing assistants in Utah.
TMU is the software program that is used to provide certification testing and maintain registry records. Upon completion of a training program or by means of reciprocity, each individual is assigned their own personal portal in TMU along with a username and password. You will have access to this portal throughout your CNA career, using it to keep your contact information up to date and accessing certification renewal documents.