CNA Classes In Arizona

As the population in Arizona ages, the demand for well-qualified and properly trained CNAs is dramatically increasing. Those looking to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant can find an extremely demanding yet rewarding career path. Additionally, the state of Arizona offers a large number of job opportunities for CNAs, particularly as the population ages.

Who is the Regulatory Body for CNAs in Arizona?

CNA certification in Arizona is controlled by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Who Administers the CNA Exam in Arizona?

The CNA certification exam in Arizona is administered internally by the state of Arizona within the Arizona State Board of Nursing, with a platform called Headmaster. You can take a free CNA practice test on this site to help prepare yourself for the exam. You can take additional practice test by visiting the following pages.

Arizona State Requirements for CNAs

It is required that those seeking to become CNAs in Arizona completed a CNA program and obtain a passing score on the state-administered CNA exam. In Arizona, a minimum of 120 hours of CNA classes must be completed at an accredited program. These 120 hours are broken up into 80 hours of classroom learning and 40 hours of clinical experience. The average cost for a CNA program in Arizona ranges from $500 to $1700. A variety of institutions offer accredited classes, including career programs at high schools, community colleges, hospitals, nursing homes and also the American Red Cross.

Arizona CNA Exam Details

In Arizona, a candidate can apply to take the CNA exam by completing the application once they have completed a state-approved program. The Arizona CNA exam has two parts, a knowledge section, and a skills section. The knowledge section can be taken in either audio or written formats. If a candidate chooses to take the oral exam they will have the option to do so in English or Spanish, though Spanish speakers will be expected to know some basic spoken and written English. The exams are handled by Pearson Vue and following NNAAP exam model guidelines.

Upon passing the Arizona CNA exam, you are added to the Arizona Nurse Aide Registry. Nurse aide certificates must be renewed every two years in even-numbered years regardless of when the certificate was issued.

How Much Does the Arizona CNA Exam Cost?

The following is a breakdown of costs for CNA exams in Arizona:

  • $30 – Knowledge Test Written
  • $40 – Knowledge Test Oral
  • $88 – Skills Test

Where Can I Take the CNA Exam in Arizona?

There are regional test sites throughout the state of Arizona, as well as in-facility test sites that are offered by CNA programs offered by CNA institutions to students.

How Much Does a CNA Get Paid in Arizona?

The average annual salary for a CNA in Arizona is $40,950, with average hourly wages at $19.69 according to data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, May 2024. 

Arizona Nurse Aide Registry

If you need to contact the registry you can find that information on our Arizona Nurse Aide Registry page. To check the standing of a CNA on the Arizona registry, follow the link.

Free CNA Classes in Arizona

If you live in Arizona and you’re looking for free CNA classes near you, we have compiled listings of many accredited providers in the state including CNA classes in Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, and Scottsdale. We urge you to contact these facilities directly or visit their websites to learn more about the specifics of their free CNA programs as some of these medical and senior care facilities may have work contracts tied to their programs for tuition reimbursement. You can also look at lists that specifically outline free CNA classes in Phoenix. If you are a provider of free CNA courses in Arizona, please contact us so we can add you to our database.

CNA Free Class LocationsCityPhone
Chandler Health Care Center
Chandler, AZ 85224480-899-6717
Fountain View Village
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268(888) 779-8653, (480) 836-4800, 480-351-7641
Gardens Care Center
Kingman, AZ 86401(928) 718-4852, (928) 718-0718
Arizona Medical Training Institute
Mesa, AZ 85201(480) 835-7679
Banner Baywood Medical Center
Mesa, AZ 85206(480) 321-2000
Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital
Nogales, AZ 85621(520) 285-3000
Forum At Desert Harbor
Peoria, AZ 85381623-972-0995
Cactus Wren Training Program LLC
Phoenix, AZ 85029(602) 741-5526
Boswell Extended Care Center
Sun City, AZ 85351(623) 876-5364
Catalina Health Care Center
Tucson, AZ 85719(520) 795-9574

The CNA schools displayed in this section offer tuition-based programs.

Locations Offering CNA Classes in Arizona

There are a number of other reasonably priced educational centers offering CNA certifications in Arizona. The list below is a comprehensive grouping of CNA classes, resources, and information across the state of Arizona. Additionally, there is another list of CNA programs in Arizona here.

Estrella Mountain Community College
Avondale, AZ 85392(623) 535-2700
The Legacy Rehab & Care Center
Bullhead City, AZ 86442(928) 763-1404
Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology
Coolidge, AZ 85128(520)423-1944
Central Arizona College
Coolidge, AZ 85128(800) 237-9814
Mingus Union High School District
Cottonwood, AZ 86326(928) 634-753
Coconino Community College
Flagstaff, AZ 86001-2701(928) 226-4348
Glendale Community College
Glendale, AZ 85302(623) 845-3000
Gila Community College
Globe, AZ 85502-2656(928) 425-8481
Yond Institute of Learning
Goodyear, AZ 85338(866) 829-2286
North Pioneer College
Holbrook, AZ 86025-0610(800) 266-7845
The Lingenfelter Center
Kingman, AZ 86401(928) 718-4852
The Gardens Rehab & Care Center
Kingman, AZ 86401(928) 718-0718
Mohave Community College
Kingman, AZ 86409(928) 757-4331
East Valley Institute of Technology
Mesa, AZ 85201(480) 461-4000
The Arizona Medical Training Institute
Mesa, AZ 85201(480) 835-7676
Mesa Community College
Mesa, AZ 85207(480) 654-7200
Nogales Unified School District
Nogales, AZ 85621(520) 287-0800
Phoenix Job Corps Center
Phoenix, AZ 85004(602) 254-5921
Phoenix College
Phoenix, AZ 85013(602) 285-7800
Providence Training Institute
Phoenix, AZ 85018(602) 606-8879
Brookline College
Phoenix, AZ 85021-5820(602) 242-6265
Paradise Valley High School
Phoenix, AZ 85032(602) 449-7000
Yavapai College
Prescott, AZ 86301(928) 445-7300
Scottsdale Community College
Scottsdale, AZ 85256-2626(480) 423-6000
Regional Center for Border Health, Inc.
Somerton, AZ 85350(928) 627-9222
East Valley Career Institute
Tempe, AZ 85283(480) 454-6535
Pima Community College
Tucson, AZ 85709(520) 206-3210
Tucson Medical Center
Tucson, AZ 85712(520) 327-5461
Caregiver Training Institute
Tucson, AZ 85713-3865(520) 325-4870
Fred G. Acosta Job Corps Center
Tucson, AZ 85719(520) 792-3015
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
Tucson, AZ 85723(520) 792-1450
Pima County JTED
Tucson, AZ 85741(520) 352-JTED (5833)
Arizona Western College
Yuma, AZ 85365(928) 317-6000
Paradise Valley Community College
Phoenix, AZ 85032(602) 787-7000
Saguaro High School
Scottsdale, AZ 85250(480) 484-7100