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Pandemic Response

Class sizes, less than 8-10, (below the Board of Nursing requirement) Extra infection control precautions, including social distancing when possible, masks required (we have one available, if needed). Students will graduate the last day of clinical simulation and be able to apply to work immediately with a provisional license.(Check with your employer and for more information)

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Tuition:  $980

Tuition, textbook, skills videos, unlimited open lab practice (even after graduation).

Background check / Lab supplies: $95* 

Total Cost: $1075

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Please Note: To become certified through the state of Colorado, you will need to take the state exam. Pearson Vue charges $135 to take the exam. We are a regional test site, so you can choose to test at Compass if you prefer. 

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Attendance & General Policies:

Be sure you are able to attend ALL class and clinical dates, we are not able to do refunds. We may not be able to move you to another section. In a documented emergency situation we will work with you for course completion. DO CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY IF YOU FEEL SICK (COVID-19, etc.). We will reschedule your class section. 

Payment for the balance of $725 is due BEFORE the first day of class.

Course Description

Nurse aide training program approved by the Colorado Board of Nursing (80 hours).  Focused on the nursing assistant role as it applies to resident/ patient care. Topics include communication, emergency/ first aid, infection prevention/ control, holistic care, promotion of independence, resident rights, death and dying care, body systems and conditions, observation, reporting to the nurse, dementia/ Alzheimers care, basic nursing personal care skills, nutrition and hydration, vital signs (including manual BP), rehabilitation care, skills demonstration/videos for state tested skills, onsite labs, hands-on clinical simulation preparation with LTCF equipment. Included with the course is an optional OPEN LAB SKILL date(s) held after graduation and prior to state testing. Currently a PPE/ Instructor lab fee will be necessary (only $10) to offset additional costs due to COVID-19. Students can sign up for an Open LAB SKILL date when they become available by going to our registration page. Please note that OPEN LAB SKILL dates are only offered to graduates of Compass Nursing Arts. Do not sign up unless you are a student who has graduated from our program. 


Some requirements for students to attend clinicals may be suspended during COVID-19 precautions. Board of Nursing currently requires on-site clinical simulation.

Registration & Graduation Requirements:

  • Speak, write, and read English (no translation devices allowed).

  • At least 16 years old at the time of graduation

  • Uniform: For clinical: solid blue scrub top with matching blue pants or black scrub pants (any shade of blue is okay). For class any scrub top and pants of any color or pattern is okay. Please wear scrubs starting on day one of class.

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  • We will run a background check. If you believe you may have a misdemeanor or felony on your record, contact us to discuss with the program coordinator before registering and paying for the course. We can run the background check before you pay tuition if requested.

  • Required Drug Screening:Students can get a drug test at any reputable drug testing location or facility. Wiz-Quiz in Boulder will drug test Compass Nursing Arts students for only $30. Please note some students may be on a medication that may lead to a positive results initially. *Positive results may require second drug test. We have never yet, had a student not qualify for clinical when needing to do the second tier of testing. There are no guarantees on results, and a positive test could prevent a student from attending clinical. Most, if not all healthcare agencies and facilities will require a drug test result that is negative prior to employment. We feel this requirement prepares our students for working, and supporting our goal of promoting patient safety. For questions about drug testing, contact Wiz -Quiz in Boulder (737 29th St, Boulder, CO 80301)  by phone 720-975-4114, or email 

  • Documentation required BEFORE the 1st day of class: (please submit a week ahead if possible)

    • Flu vaccination in flu season (~Oct-April)

    • Negative TB test​ PPD (a 2-step process and will take at least 2 plus days to get a result), blood test, or negative chest X-ray report

    • Negative Drug Test Result

  • READING THE ENTIRE TEXTBOOK IS REQUIRED. Our textbook is also available on Audible. (Hartman's Nursing Assistant Care, The Basics, 5th Edition). 

  • For completion of the program a student must have 85% on the online portion (if Hybrid), at least 75% over ALL of the course content and at least 80% on the final exam. 

  • Class rules: No cell phone use in class except on breaks. No cell phones allowed in the clinical setting. Clean language and respectful behavior is required in all situations.

  • For more information about our policies and rules please email