Southwest Technical College eliminates waiting list for CNA training; courses start July 8

CEDAR CITY – Recently, Southwest Technical College announced that its upcoming Nursing Assistant Certification Program starting July 8, along with all upcoming nursing assistant sessions, will no longer require a waiting list for applicants.

This is good news for potential students who previously had to wait six months to a year to apply for this popular program. It is one of the shorter courses offered at Southwest Technical College, only 10 weeks long with a short externship following the course work.

“Now, without a waiting list, we are able to offer enrollment immediately into an upcoming class session, as soon as a student has completed all of their required documentation and made their payment for the course,” Jayne Crabdree of Southwest Technical College Team Student Services said. “We find this encourages students to be proactive in getting themselves prepared to enroll on their own time frame, complete the enrollment process in a timely fashion, to get in and get trained, get certified and then gain employment in this field. It’s a win-win situation for the college and the students that are well prepared and motivated to get started in this training.”

A nursing assistant works in many health care areas under the supervision of a registered nurse. The Southwest Technical College program prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to assist ill patients and the elderly with tasks related to daily living such as assisting with meals, hygiene, getting out of bed and taking vital signs. Successful completion of this program qualifies the student to receive state certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant with the Utah Nursing Assistant Registry.

The next Nursing Assistant Certification Program at Southwest Technical College begins July 8. Although the waiting period has been waived, applicants do have some unique qualifications that must be met before acceptance into the program. All students must be age 17 or older on the first day of class and must have the following required immunizations: Hepatitis B series, one dose Tdap, proof of MMR and varicella immunity or vaccinations. In addition, applicants must be CPR certified and have two TB screenings.


Applications are being accepted at Southwest Technical College’s main campus at 510 West 800 South in Cedar City, or online. Students must be enrolled by July 3, as Student Services will be closed July 4 and 5 for Independence Day. The next nursing assistant session will start September 17. For more information, call 435-586-2899.

About Southwest Technical College

Southwest Technical College has been serving rural Utah as a competency-based training institution for nearly 20 years. Along with Dixie Applied Technology College in St. George, it is one of eight institutions statewide in the Utah College of Applied Technology, providing adult and high school students with technical job skills needed in the workforce.

Submitted by: Southwest Technical College

UPDATED Jan. 13, 2018 – Southwest Applied Technical College was renamed Southwest Technical College In July 2017. Its associated website address has been changed and accordingly the hyperlinks to the college’s site have been updated in this report.

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