Certified Nursing Assistant / NATP


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The curriculum at South Arkansas Community College trains students to work in both acute and long-term care facilities. Upon completion of the program, the successful student should be able to: perform uncomplicated nursing procedures and to assist licensed practical nurses or registered nurses in direct client care; form a relationship, communicate, and interact competently on a one-to-one basis with clients as part of the team implementing client care objectives; demonstrate sensitivity to clients' emotional, social, and mental health needs through skillful, directed interactions; assist clients in attaining and maintaining functional independence; exhibit behavior in support and promotion of client's rights; and, demonstrate observational and documented skills needed in support of the assessment of client's health, physical condition, and well-being.

What are the job duties of a nursing assistant?

Certified nursing assistants perform uncomplicated nursing procedures for residents or patients in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and home health. One of the most common duties of a certified nursing assistant is to take and record vital signs of their patients and clients. This would include things like temperature, blood pressure, pulse and pain level.  Other standard duties include bed-making, bed-baths, helping with feeding patients and ambulation. About the SouthArk program This 12-credit-hour program includes both face-to-face and online classes. Those students who have not completed or tested out of Reading I will be enrolled to take it concurrently.

In-program courses will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the end of the semester a certificate of completion will be awarded. The certificate serves as a temporary license that is good for one year until state examination is completed. Additionally, successful students will be awarded a certificate of proficiency from SouthArk.

How much does it cost?

In addition to tuition and fees, students are responsible for purchasing a set of solid red V-neck scrubs, white leather shoes, a stethoscope, a blood-pressure cuff, a watch with a second hand and a white long-sleeved lab jacket. Additionally, program graduates will pay about $8 for a pin given an official completion ceremony. Students who qualify for financial aid will be able to use those funds towards the majority of these supplies. Students should speak with the program director prior to making any purchases. Scholarships are available to cover expenses. Inquire for details.


Applicants for admission to the CNA program must: provide an official copy of high school transcript or GED equivalency with transcript and/or official college transcript if applicable complete general admissions procedures to college complete the COMPASS test meet with CNA advisorsubmit a state background check with the application packet to the program director submit proof of a TB skin test, IGRA test, or chest X-ray (completed within the last 12 months) prior to admission into the clinical portion of the program Submit a copy of state issued driver's license or state issued identification card Meet the program's physical requirements High school health-science technology students who are 18 years of age or older may register for this program. While admission for students under 18 is possible, completion of the clinical component is difficult. Contact the CNA program director for further information about credit transfer.

Certificate of Proficiency

Students successfully completing the program will be awarded the certificate of proficiency and will be eligible to sit for the state registry examination for certified nursing assistants.  Classes required for the certificate are:

N A 1002 Nursing Assistant Training 2
N A 1012 Nursing Assistant Skills Laboratory 2
N A 1022 Nursing Assistant Practicum 2
HIT 1003 Medical Terminology for CNAs 3
HS 1011 Ethics and Professionalism 1
HS 1001 Basic Computers or CSCI 1003 1
HS 1021 CPR and First Aid 1
Total Hours 12

Basic Studies Requirements:

Students who score less than ACT 19, ASSET 42, or COMPASS 82 in reading are required to take the Nelson Denny Reading Test in The Learning Center for placement in the appropriate basic studies reading course. Students must test out of or enroll in BSTD 0103 as a corequisite to the nursing assistant program.

If you are interested in further information regarding this program, contact:
Tonya Kendrix, Program Director
South Arkansas Community College
300 S. West Ave., El Dorado AR 71730
Phone (870) 875-7282 Fax (870) 864-7140



CNA Application Form  
This is a fillable form. You may print the completed form.

To save the form to your hard drive you must have Adobe Acrobat installed:
Open the form.  Select print.  From the printer dialog box select, "print to pdf".
This will allow you to save the file to a location on your hard drive

To submit your application online after completion,
Go to your email server
Compose a message
Attached the completed application to the email
Send it to tkendrix (at) southark.edu

Please note, recommendation forms must be hand written only.

Application Deadlines

To apply for admission to a HNS Professional Program, applicants must have completed:

  • all basic studies requirements,
  • all prerequisite classes (or be currently enrolled in) as specified in the SouthArk catalog for each professional program.

See SouthArk catalog for specifics regarding each program's requirements and/or consult program advisor.


Class Begins

Application Deadline

LPN – Spring Days and Warren

January, 2015
Spring Semester

September 25, 2014
By 5:00 p.m.

LPN -Evenings

January, 2016
Fall Semester



January, 2015
Spring Semester

  August 31, 2014

Surgical Technology

Fall Semester

Currently Accepting Apps until filled


Summer Semester

April 01, 2015


Summer Semester

March 1, 2015

Radiologic Technology

Fall Semester

 March 30, 2015


  Fall & Spring

 No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled 


August, 2013
Fall Semester

 Applications Due
 July 18, 2014


 CNA Classes offered each Semester

 Applications Available 
until filled 

Respiratory Therapy



Coding - HIT

August, 2014

No Application Process –
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Transcription - HIT

August, 2014

No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled


Fall Semester

Applications Available until filled


Fall Semster

Applications Available until filled

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