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Columbine Health Systems offers a Nursing Assistant Training Program approved by the Colorado Board of Nursing. Our program complies with all applicable state and federal regulations.

The training program provides 85 hours of instruction under the direct supervision of an RN or LPN. The program contains the following; classroom/lecture, laboratory time, and 20 hours of clinical instruction. At a minimum, the pre-clinical component of the program must be completed prior to any direct contact with a resident.

Admission to the Program:
Prospective students may apply on-line at, go to bottom of page, click on Application.

See criteria for admission in the Columbine Health Systems “Candidate Admission, Course Completion, and Dismissal Policy” on this website.

Applicants must obtain the following:
Criminal background check, which must be free of any disqualifying events (refer to policy). The background check results are valid for 3 months prior to the first day of class.

TB skin test and/or chest x-ray. 

Proof of current influenza vaccination, October 1 – April 30. 

***Please note: Due to the limited number of students in each class, prospective students are not guaranteed a seat until all requirements have been met and tuition is paid in full.

Classroom, Lecture, and Laboratory Instruction: Each class will be limited to 20 students. One set of scrubs, gait belts, and name tags will be loaned to all students. These items must be returned at the end of the program in good condition or replacements purchased as part of the course completion requirements. Textbooks must be purchased.

Attendance: Students are expected to arrive promptly for the start of each class and to remain for the duration of each class. Due to the fast-paced nature of this curriculum, attendance to all classes and clinicals is mandatory.  Exceptions will only be made for serious illness with a documented physician explanation. Make up work will be scheduled at the discretion of the instructor. All class quizzes and tests must be completed as part of the course completion requirements.

Class Cancellations: Should a class not meet the minimum requirement of participants, Columbine reserves the right to cancel a class up to 3 business days prior to the start date of the class. All registered students will be given the option to have a full refund or be transferred into a different class.

Waitlist Policy: Candidates who apply to classes that are at maximum capacity will have the opportunity to be placed on a waitlist. Candidates who have their background check and application complete will be given first priority. After that, candidates will be invited to join the class in the order of received applications should a slot open up. Waitlist invitees will be given up to 24 hours to respond to an emailed invitation. After the 24 hour period, the invitation will close and the next candidate will be invited.

Clinical Instruction: Clinicals will be completed under the direction of a licensed nurse in one of the Columbine Health Systems facilities. Clinical rotations will be limited to 10 students per day per facility. Students must attend an orientation session for the facility prior to beginning clinicals.

If unable to complete clinical rotation with your enrolled class, completion of clinical rotation must be performed within 30 days of completing classroom course or with next available clinical rotation. If clinical rotation is not completed within 30 days of completing the classroom course or with the next available clinical rotation, the entire course must be re-taken and full tuition cost applies.

Clinical Dress Code: All students must wear dark green scrub pants and top, closed-toe shoes, gait belt and name tag.  Students must have a general neat appearance, no facial piercings, and long hair must be pulled back away from the face. Jewelry should be limited to small studded earrings only and perfume/cologne should be minimal. Tattoos must be covered.

For course completion and dismissal information, refer to Columbine Health Systems policy,“Candidate Admission, Course Completion, and Dismissal Policy”. 

Fee Schedule:
Tuition for the program is $896.03 and must paid in full via cash or credit card prior to reserving a slot.

Tuition (includes training program, lab supplies, gait belt, scrubs, and nametag) $896.03
State Test (payment will be made to the Colorado State Board of Nursing once clinicals are complete) $135.00
Background Check (price varies dependent upon how many names/states must be researched) $19.99 and up
Textbook $65.00
T.B. Test $15.00 - $25.00
Flu Shot $15.00 - $30.00
$1146.02 - $1171.02

*Withdrawal from the program by the student will result in reimbursement of tuition as follows:

– Cancellation from the program 7 or more business days before the start of the class will result in full tuition reimbursement minus a $75.00 cancellation fee and a $50.00 administrative processing fee.

– Cancelling after the 7 business days before class will result in no reimbursement of funds, regardless of the reason for class termination.