Advanced Unlicensed Assistant

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare industry is exploding. Health-related jobs represent eleven of the twenty fastest growing occupations with the healthcare and social assistance industry projected to grow by five million jobs from 2012 to 2022. By 2022, healthcare and social assistance is expected to be the largest industry in the country with nearly twenty-two million jobs.

This high growth rate, an increase of 29% as compared to 11% average growth for all industries, is driven by development of new technology and treatment modalities, aging of the population, increased healthcare spending, the recently enacted Affordable Health Care Act, and the need to replace healthcare workers who retire or leave their jobs for other reasons. Growing demand for qualified healthcare workers means excellent employment opportunities for a wide variety of people. Most health support occupations require less than four years of college and many employers offer competitive wage and benefit packages including insurance, tuition reimbursement, and flexible hours to allow for continued education.

The Pre-Nursing program is designed to prepare students to pursue a profession in nursing, as well as provide a foundation for students interested in pursuing another health-related field.  By completing certifications in Nurse Aide (NA) and/or Advanced Unlicensed Assistant (AUA), students become qualified to work in hospitals and long term care facilities. High school students may also begin working toward pursuing one of our other adult health programs.


At A Glance

Open To

High School Seniors


Reno, Rockwell

Total Hours Required

960 hours


Part-time only: 9 months of instruction


2 sessions, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am-10:55 am and 12:30 pm-3:25 pm

Students enroll in either the AM or PM session.


  • Health Careers Core I 60 hours
  • Health Careers Core II 120 hours
  • College and Career Readiness in Healthcare 100 hours
  • CPR & First Aid 15 hours
  • Medical Terminology 45 hours
  • Anatomy & Physiology 120 hours
  • Nurse Aide 140 hours
  • Advanced Unlicensed Assistant 240 hours
  • Rockwell students will take Microbiology 120 hours
  • Reno students will take College and Career Readiness II 120 hours

Tuition & Costs

Costs for High School Students

Licensure / Certifications

  • CPR/First Aid
  • Advanced Unlicensed AssistantState Certification-$100.00 -$170.00

Tuition & Fees

  • N/A

Textbooks, Supplies, and Certifications (Estimated)

  • Immunizations for clinical (approximate) -$250.00 -$300.00
  • Scrubs and Shoes-$75.00

Total Estimated Costs for High School Students

*Immunization costs can vary widely depending upon the specific immunizations needed and where they are obtained. All students add cost of clinical immunizations to the estimated total. Additional scrubs may be purchased for approximately $30.00 each, if desired. The cost of the Nurse Aide exam ($80.00) will be paid by Francis Tuttle. If the student wishes to also obtain the optional AUA State Certification, the exam cost should be added to the estimated total. To take any certification exam, students must have a social security card or proof of US citizenship and must pass a background check.

Employment & Outcomes

Salary Range

$9.00 -$15.00

per hour

Gainful Employment

This program leads to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. For more information on occupational outcomes, job placement rates, on-time completion rates, loan debt, and other useful information, see

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Pass Rate



Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program are qualified to work for:

Hospitals and Long-Term Care facilities, Healthcare Provider Offices