CNA Program

CNA Program

CNA Program

Philander Smith University holds a Certificate of Approval from the Arkansas Department of Human Services Office of Long-Term Care to provide Nursing Assistant Training. This school provides training and certification preparation for Certified Nursing Assistant candidates. Students completing this course are prepared to take the state examination for certification as a nurse assistant.

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Prospective students must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be able to read, write, and speak English.
  • High School Diploma/GED (proof required)
  • Be in good health and able to bend, twist, lift at least 50 pounds, and be free from communicable disease; and
  • Complete Philander Smith University Nursing and Allied Health Application form.
  • Approval of a Nursing & Allied Health faculty advisor or Primary Instructor.
  • Completion of all the general admission procedures of the college. Refer to the Philander Smith University Catalog and Student Handbook.
  • Not be listed on the LTCF Employment Clearance Registry with a disqualification status due to a substantiated administrative finding of abuse, neglect, misappropriation of resident property, or a disqualifying criminal record in accordance with Ark. Code Ann. & 20-38-101.


This school provides equal employment, admission, and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, handicap, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression in the program it operates.


ADA Statement: “Qualified, self-identified students with documented disabilities had the right to free accommodations to ensure equal access to educational opportunities at American Nursing Assistants Association (ANAA).”


You will not be allowed to enroll until all requirements listed below are met:

  • Complete Admission Requirements for Philander Smith University
  • Complete Program Application
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Provide current Drivers License 
  • Background Check
  • Drug Screen
  • TB skin test
  • Immunization records (Current Flu shot, Immunization record, Hepatitis B series or signed declination form)


Tuition and fees are as follows:

  • Tuition: $495 per credit hour (7 hours total)


Students must meet the minimum requirements for graduation within the program period. The classroom portion of the training is approximately 74 hours (19 class days) in length and the clinical portion is approximately 16 hours (2 days) in length for a total of 90 hours for the Program.

Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 74 class hours for the program and 16 clinical hours for consideration for graduation.

Upon successful completion of 48 contact hours, students will receive a Home Care Aide Certificate of Completion. Students who successfully complete both the classroom and clinical portion of the course and meet their financial obligations to the school will receive a Certificate of Completion which qualifies them to take the state exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant in the State of Arkansas.

Potential work locations where graduates may be employed include home health, hospice, long-term care, physician offices, hospitals, clinics, and assisted living facilities.


Student Handbook

This CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT program includes classroom and clinical instruction in the following areas: communication and interpersonal skills, infections control, safety, and emergency procedures, promoting residents’ independence, respecting resident rights, personal care skills, basic nursing skills, mental health and social service needs, care of cognitively impaired residents, basic restorative services, and the Barbara Broyles Alzheimer and Dementia Training.


Deveta Crouther, CNA Director
Phone: (501) 370- 5333

Sheila Brown, CNA Instructor

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