Academic Catalog

Nurse Aide Certificate

Certificate & Course Information

The Nurse Aide Program at Otero College is offered each semester. With cooperation from area hospitals, students receive education, training, and practical application experience that prepares them to work in nurse aide positions. Successful completion of coursework and program requirements entitles the graduate to apply to the Colorado Board of Nursing to take the certification exam for Certified Nurse Aide.

CNA Certificate Pathway Courses
Required CoursesCredits
NUA 1001 – Nurse Aide Health Care Skills4
NUA 1002 – Certification Exam Prep0.5
NUA 1070 – Nursing Aide Clinical Experience1.5
Recommended Courses
HPR 1038 – Medical Terminology 12

Legal Requirements for Nursing Aide Licensure

Before becoming licensed, students must answer the following questions:

A. “Have you ever been convicted of a crime or have you ever accepted a court plea of guilty or nolo contendere? Have you received a deferred judgment or deferred prosecution?”
B. “Are you now, or were you for the 12 months preceding the date of this application, addicted to any controlled substance; a regular user of any controlled substance without a prescription; and/or habitually intemperate in the use of intoxicating liquor?”

If any question is answered “yes,” students need to meet with the director of the Nursing Department for counseling because the Colorado State Board of Nursing has specific requirements for licensure.

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