Applicants for admission to the CNA program must:

  1. provide an official copy of high school transcript or GED equivalency with transcript and/or official college transcript if applicable.
  2. complete general admissions procedures to college.
  3. complete the COMPASS test.
  4. meet with CNA advisor.
  5. submit a state background check with the application packet to the program director.
  6. 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.
  7. Submit a copy of state issued driver's license or state issued identification card.
  8. 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.

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.

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.