CNA Exams in Arizona

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Before, you think about being a registered nursing aide in Arizona, you must have completed your CNA training from a certified Arizona CNA training institution. For this, you can find several active training programs and institutions; like local community colleges, licensed medical facilities, high schools, etc. You may also take help from a number of training sites that are approved by the state.

The CNA Exam held in Arizona is comprised of written and hands-on skills that evaluate the competency of a nursing assistant. If you can score good marks in the pre-test of the training program, then it will help you to perform well in the final exam, as well. Comparatively, the test has been designed in an easier way for the applicants. However, simple mistakes can also lead you towards failure. Moreover, a CNA Certification requires students to thrive in the nursing aide assessments and should be suitable to conduct all the nursing aide duties, in accordance. As Arizona is currently facing wide shortages of nursing assistants, hence the needs for CNAs are in substantial numbers.

Learn how you can avoid such mistakes and thrive in the CNA exams, in Arizona!

Components of the Examination:

You have to give written and practical, both types of exams for qualifying the CNA test. Initially, you need to present five of the nursing assistant’s practical skills, in front of a registered nurse. If you complete it successfully, then you will take on the multiple choice portion of the CNA test. This usually contains 50-60 questions in length. If you pass the CNA exam, then your name will be enlisted into the ‘Arizona Nurse Aide Registry’.

If you follow the score parameters properly and get qualified in the CNA exams, then you need to apply at the ‘Arizona State Board of Nursing’, to enlist you on the ‘Arizona Nurse Aide Registry’.

You also need dress yourself comfortably, as your uniforms should be neat and clean and it will display your cleanliness habits at the testing centre for few hours.

Written Examination:

You are not allowed to give above than 25% of incorrect answers in the written section, at the time of your CNA exam.

Skills Evaluation:

While, conducting the practical examination, you can give only 20% incorrect answers, and not above.

Proper Identification includes: While, going for the CNA certification exam, you have to bring along your necessary identification proofs, which includes your photo ID, a copy of your training school certificate, fingerprint cards, and etc.

Pre-preparation for the CNA exam: You must go through the information provided in the study guide for the program. You must study thoroughly for the written exam, as being overly prepared always helps the attendee. For learning the CNA skills, you may watch the training videos of hands-on skills, which includes making an engaged bed of a patient and hand washing techniques, etc. Visual always helps the performer to memorize the steps and materials involved, while conducting the skills test.


You will be attending the exam every week in the given schedule. You will have to face two comprehensive exams, as per your given calendar timetable, a Midterm and the Final exam.

  • With the intention of qualifying the CNA exam, you must gain an average score of 75% or beyond in the weekly tests, which includes the midterm exams, as well.
  • To be successful in the comprehensive final exam, the students must score a minimum of 75% at least.
  • Applicants, who have made less than 75% of average marks on weekly exams, they are not qualified to attend in the final exam. The attendees will obtain the average weekly assessment grades as their final scores.
  • If an attendee does not obtain a total of 75% grades in the final exam, then he/she will get the final exam grade for the course, despite  their average course scores.
  • Applicants must gain at least 80% or above on every skill tested, at the time of the final skill exams to carry on further. If a practical student cannot get 80% of grade on every final skill assessment, then he/she will get the skill scores for the course, besides of their average course scores.  
  • If you fail to satisfactorily complete the given skills, then it may decrease your chances for the clinical opportunities regarding patient care experience.
  • Clinical students must also meet all the course competencies, which are acknowledged on the ‘Skills Checklist’. Those, who will be failed to meet all the clinical criteria’s, will get “F” grade for that course.
  • Attendees must also be careful from performing any unsafe clinical practice or for failing to inform the patient’s care occurrence, as considered by the clinical faculty. They can be immediately removed from the clinical experience, and such actions will lead you to failure with a mark “F” for that course. 


  • You must complete your workbooks on time, as it will be collected twice in a semester. You will be awarded points every time, seeing the amount of work you have completed.
  • The first collection of the workbook will happen around mid semester, and the second collection will happen during final exams week.
  • While, completing all your workbooks on the schedule, you must also take care that it must be equal to 5% of the whole course grade.

Grade Distribution:

  • Test Average: 25% (It must be greater than or equal to 18.75% to appear for the final)
  • Workbook:  5% (For Mid-semester, it must be 2% and for Finals week, must be 3%)
  • Final Examination: 20%
  • Lab Examination: 50%
  • Clinical: P/F 

On the Exam Day

There are certain codes of conduct, lab guidelines and belongings, which you also have to maintain at the day of your exams.

  • Students must be prepared for using modalities like computerized testing as well, apart from the typically used paper & pencil methods.
  • All students are expected to appear for all the examinations on the scheduled days.
  • Students must also carry their own #2 pencils along with the erasers for personal use on the ‘Scantron test sheets’, when they will require.
  • If the exam has already been started, then no applicant will be permitted to enter the examination classroom, till the time all students have finished their examinations.
  • You need to keep the personal mobile-phones in “switched-off” condition. You may only use it during your break-times and not any other time.
  • If any student is found leaving with any photocopied part of the patient’s record that includes any identifiable data, then he will be given “F” grade for the course, along with an instant dismissal from the programme.
  • An attendee must notify the evaluator before their examination begins, if they are not going to present there. 
  • Applicants, who somehow have missed any of their examinations, they must try to appear for the exam before the next planned examination. If this time again, he/she would not be able to make up in the exact time frame, then they will get a zero (0) grade for the examination.
  • Candidates are not permitted to conduct the specified skills in a medical setting, without the skills being verified in the skills lab. 
  • Students have to perform every skill satisfactorily only in the Skills Lab, on the designated date announced by the medical faculty.
  • Candidates must make sure that the ‘Lab or Clinical’ evaluator is properly annotating his/her skills notes on the Skills Checklist. 

Exam Results

You will be sent your final results to your provided addresses in an envelope. If you have qualified the examination, then you will be considered a CNA in Arizona. Successful candidate can cross check their results to ensure that they are in the list of the state registry at their website, as well.

To gain more Information regarding this, you may contact:

Arizona Nurse Aide Registry
4747, North 7th Street
Suite 200,
Phoenix, Arizona-85014
Phone : (602) 889-5150