Nurse Assisting

Nurse Assisting Program at SCC

Nursing Assistants (NAs) are essential members of the healthcare team providing patient- centered tasks that help patients with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, feeding, repositioning, and ambulating. NAs work under the supervision of licensed nurses and assist with taking vital signs, answering call lights, and measuring food and fluid consumption.

NAs make a difference by assisting nursing staff with patient care to help improve the lives of those they serve. If you are compassionate, caring, and have a passion for helping people, you may be the perfect candidate for Scottsdale Community College’s Nurse Assisting program.

The Nurse Assisting program (NUR158) is a 7-week, 4.5 credit course that includes theory, skill practice in the nursing lab, and clinical experiences in healthcare facilities that prepares students for the Arizona State Board of Nursing exam to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) or Licensed Nurse Assistant (LNA). In addition, NUR158, assists students to begin their careers in healthcare. The course focuses on critical thinking, communication, and team collaboration while integrating patient care skills.

Nurse Assisting Employer and Classroom Information

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Potential employers include hospitals, residential care facilities, nursing homes, and patient’s homes.

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Theory content and lab hours will occur in the classroom and nursing skill labs on campus.


Students interested in the Nurse Assisting program must attend an Information/Advising Session, to obtain in-depth information and enrollment guidance. In addition, a Maricopa Enterprise ID (MEID) must be created before attending an information session.
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Virtual Information Session

Attend one of these virtual information sessions:

  • February 21, 2024 at 11:00 am
  • February 27, 2024 at 5:30 pm
  • March 6, 2024 at 11:00 am
  • March 19, 2024 at 5:00 pm
  • March 20, 2024 at 2:00 pm
  • March 26, 2024 at 2:00 pm
  • April 3, 2024 at 11:00 am
  • April 9, 2024 at 3:00 pm
  • April 17, 2024 at 11:00 am
  • April 23, 2024 at 2:00 pm
  • May 1, 2024 at 11:00 am
  • May 7, 2024 at 2:00 pm

RSVP: Contact the Nursing Support and Compliance Team at [email protected]. Please title your email Nurse Assisting Information Session Request. Please include the date and time you wish to attend.

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Program Location: On the beautiful Scottsdale Community College campus located at 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256.

Program Costs: Total costs for the Nurse Assisting Certificate of Completion program are $1,248 for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Please note that these are only estimates and include textbooks, supplies, immunization fees, and nursing scrubs. The estimate may change based on tuition increases and course fees. Estimates are on tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.

Degrees / Certificates: Nurse Assisting Certificate of Completion

Pre-Registration Requirements: Academic, health and safety requirements must be met before registering for the Nurse Assisting Program (NUR158). Please attend an information session to learn more.

Summer Semester Classes

Starts March 18, 2024

Orientation March 6, 2024

Starts May 29, 2024

Orientation May 28, 2024

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Get started today!

Step 1Apply for admission to Scottsdale Community College

Step 2: Fill out and return the Nurse Assisting Program Application according to form instructions (application provided at the Virtual Information Session).

Step 3 (Optional): For more information, fill out this online form or contact Elizabeth Sage, Nurse Assisting Director, at [email protected] or (480) 423-6717.

Step 4: Once accepted into the program, register for classes through your Student Center.