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Certified Nursing Assistant Program

What is a CNA & what do they do?

Nursing Assistants

Nursing assistants provide patient and resident care under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse. They assist with admitting and discharging patients and residents; make observations about patients' and residents' physical and mental status; measure vital signs, weight and height; and promote psychological comfort. Nursing assistant functions and responsibilities are directed by the federal Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) and state laws.

Get more information: Catalog: Certified Nursing Assistant, Skills Certificate

Our Core Values


Provide an environment of kindness and compassion that recognizes and supports cultural sensitivity.


Create an environment that supports shared decision-making, cohesiveness, collaboration and teamwork through active listening.


A shared commitment to provide a safe environment that strives for excellence, high expectations, productivity, nursing assistant knowledge / academic excellence, and is goal oriented.


Use critical thinking to explore innovative ways to positively impact nursing assistant care.


An environment that is mutually responsive to lifelong learning, collegiality, accountability, and patient advocacy.

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What it takes to be a CNA

Completing the TMCC Certified Nursing Assistant Program will prepare you to assist the professional nurse in direct client care or build on skills needed for other health programs.  

Apply for the CNA Program


Complete Required Program Interest Form

Complete and submit this online program interest form below that directly informs our department about your intent to apply.

This step must be completed to be considered for selection!



Application & Selection

We are accepting applications for the Fall CNA Class! Click apply now to fill out the interest form and application. 


Requirements After Selection

Once the selection process is completed an email with instructions on how to complete these will be sent to the contact information provided in interest form.


Background Check

Good for 1 year; cost: $51.50

Fully reimbursed upon certification completion. 

Drug Screen and Immunizations

Good for 1 year; cost: $55

Fully reimbursed upon certification completion. 

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More information on requirements & etc. below​​

Insurance, CPR Card

  • Insurance: You will need to provide proof of your Major Medical Insurance Coverage for the class term.

  • CPR Card: American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS).

Background Checks and Drug Screening

Background checks and drug screens are a requirement of clinical rotations.

If a student declines, or if the background or drug screen is unsatisfactory to the facility, the student will not be permitted to participate in the clinical portion of the program. Students are admitted to each course, subject to the results of the background check and drug screen, and acceptance at the clinical site.

TMCC is not responsible for obtaining background checks or drug screens and will not receive the results of any investigations.

Current students are advised that they will be withdrawn from the program if clinical requirements are not met for any reason.

Transportation Needs

Access to bus passes will be offered through TMMCC and Washoe County School District if needed.


More information will be provided in selection process. 


COVID-19 Immunization

Completed series of either two Pfizer, two Moderna, or one Johnson and Johnson vaccines.

TB Screening

Evidence of a negative TB status can be provided one of the following ways:

  • Option 1: QuantiFERON Gold blood titer test results (negative results).

  • Option 2: Two TB skin tests are required (one test and then a second in 7-14 days), unless annual skin tests have been performed.

  • Option 3: If TB skin test is known to be positive, a current negative chest x-ray is required (good for 5 years). A yearly questionnaire will be performed thereafter

Measles, Mumps and Rubella Immunity

One MMR immunization plus a booster is required if you were born after 1957. Proof of immunity by blood titer will suffice but must be for all three diseases.


Hepatitis B Series

The series of 3 immunizations, 1 initially. A second should be given within 1 month, and the third in 6 months is recommended. Evidence of immunity is acceptable.

Diphtheria/Tetanus Immunization with Pertussis Booster

The injection must have been received within the past 10 years.


Two doses of varicella vaccine, 4 weeks or more apart, or a positive titer.

Influenza Vaccination

Required in flu season (typically October–March).


A valid Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR card, sponsored by the American Heart Association. This is generally valid for two years and must be renewed if expiration occurs prior to the end of clinical experience. Note: online courses are accepted in conjunction with hands-on skills.

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