Known for its hot summers and very pleasant winters, Arizona is filled with long-term residents who love the sunshine and with “snowbirds” who only come during the winter months. Arizona is a top attraction for outdoor lovers because it is home to such places as the Grand Canyon, Saguaro National Park and the red rocks of Sedona. As home to numerous older individuals who come to the state to retire, Arizona is an excellent choice for individuals looking for CNA work. In fact, over one million people are above the age of 65, and another 124,000 are over the age of 85 not counting snowbirds who are not permanent residents.
– Capital: Phoenix
– Minimum Wage: $8.20
– Number of Hospitals: 72
– Number of Nursing Homes: 16,607
– Total Population: 6,731,484
– Population (ages 45-64): 1,633,417
– Population (ages 65+): 1,070,217
– Population (ages 85+): 124,772
– University of Arizona
– Arizona State University
– Northern Arizona University
Arizona has no minimum age to begin training although some facilities do not hire people who are under the age of 18. In addition, Arizona mandates that people under the age of 16 cannot provide direct care to patients in licensed facilities. This allows people to begin CNA training while in high school. Of course, some training programs require students to have a high school diploma or GED. Other prerequisites to training include being a U.S. resident or being eligible to work in the U.S., having a clean driver’s license and criminal background check and having a fingerprint report. Students will also need to have a clean bill of health from a doctor, up-to-date immunizations, and negative tuberculosis screening within the past six months.
Arizona CNA training programs are required to include 120 hours of training altogether. At least 80 hours must be spent in the classroom learning CNA theory, and the other 40 hours must be spent in a clinical setting, which is typically a local nursing home, providing hands-on care to patients. Some programs offer more than the minimum required hours. Students can find CNA programs across the state at community colleges and vocational schools, nursing homes and hospitals and through the American Red Cross. Students are required to pay their way except in the case of those who already work at a licensed health care facility or who have received an offer of employment there. These cases require the employer to pay for training.
The Arizona Board of Nursing contracts out the CNA test to D&S Diversified Technologies who run the Nursing Assistant Competency and Evaluation Program. Before taking the test, applicants must register with the Board of Nursing. Most of the time, the training program will register its students for the CNA test.
This test consists of two parts, which cost $113. The written knowledge examination has 75 multiple-choice questions that must be completed in 90 minutes or less. Individuals can take the test orally although they must request this ahead of time. There is an additional $10 fee for an oral test. The skills section examines four CNA skills. One skill is either perineal care or providing a bedpan and measuring output. The other three skills will be randomly chosen on the day of the test by the evaluator. Applicants are given 40 minutes to complete this.
The knowledge section must be passed at 75 percent or higher, and the skills section must be passed at 80 percent or higher. Those who fail either section will only be required to retake the part that they failed. The knowledge retest costs $28, and the skills retest costs $85. Applicants must pass both sections of the test within two years from the end of CNA training to avoid having to retrain; however; they can take the test as often as necessary within those two years. Those who fail the knowledge section three times will have to wait 45 days before testing again.
CNAs moving to Arizona from another state may be able to transfer their certifications to Arizona quite quickly. To do this, they must fill out an application and prove that they have worked at least 160 hours as a CNA for pay within the past two years or that they completed a CNA program in their previous state with at least 120 hours of training. If they no longer have an active license, they will need to complete Arizona-approved CNA training and the CNA examination. Applicants for Arizona endorsement will also need to have a criminal background check, have an unencumbered license with no complaints of patient abuse or neglect and proof of their active license. The fee for endorsement is $50.
Arizona CNAs must renew their licenses every two years. CNAs must work at least 160 hours for pay every two years to renew. The Board of Nursing sends out renewal notices approximately two to three month before expiration. The cost for renewal is $50 if CNAs wish to receive a paper certificate. Online renewal also allows CNAs to print off their new certificates. Those requesting a paper certificate via mail can expect it to arrive within 30 days. Otherwise, renewal is free. An additional fee of $10 per year applies to CNAs who have worked with an expired license.
|Mayo Clinic||5777 East Mayo Boulevard||Phoenix||AZ||85054||480-515-6296||Website|
|Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center||1111 East McDowell Road||Phoenix||AZ||85006||602-239-2000||Not Available|
|Banner - University Medical Center Tucson||1501 North Campbell Avenue||Tucson||AZ||85724||520-694-0111||Website|
|St. Joseph'S Hospital And Medical Center||350 West Thomas Road||Phoenix||AZ||85013||602-406-3000||Website|
|Flagstaff Medical Center||1200 North Beaver Street||Flagstaff||AZ||86001||928-779-3366||Website|
|Banner Estrella Medical Center||9201 West Thomas Road||Phoenix||AZ||85037||623-327-4000||Website|
|Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center||9003 East Shea Boulevard||Scottsdale||AZ||85260||480-323-3000||Website|
|Yavapai Regional Medical Center||1003 Willow Creek Road||Prescott||AZ||86301||928-445-2700||Website|
|Banner Gateway Medical Center||1900 North Higley Road||Gilbert||AZ||85234||480-543-2000||Website|
|Banner Thunderbird Medical Center||5555 West Thunderbird Road||Glendale||AZ||85306||602-865-5555||Website|
|Banner Desert Medical Center||1400 South Dobson Road||Mesa||AZ||85202||480-412-3000||Website|
|Arizona Orthopedic Surgical Hospital||2905 West Warner Road||Chandler||AZ||85224||480-603-9000||Website|
|Arizona Spine And Joint Hospital||4620 East Baseline Road||Mesa||AZ||85206||480-832-4770||Website|
|Arizona State Hospital||2500 East Van Buren Street||Phoenix||AZ||85008||602-244-1331||Website|
|Arrowhead Hospital||18701 North 67th Avenue||Glendale||AZ||85308||623-561-1000||Website|
|Aurora Phoenix Hospital||6015 West Peoria Avenue||Glendale||AZ||85302||623-344-4400||Website|
|Banner Baywood Medical Center||6644 East Baywood Avenue||Mesa||AZ||85206||480-321-2000||Website|
|Banner Behavioral Health Hospital||7575 East Earll Drive||Scottsdale||AZ||85251||480-941-7500||Website|
|Banner Boswell Medical Center||10401 West Thunderbird Blvd||Sun City||AZ||85351||623-832-4000||Website|
|Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center||14502 West Meeker Boulevard||Sun City West||AZ||85375||623-214-4000||Website|