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Expanding the skilled workforce in Arizona


In response to the growing demand for skilled healthcare professionals in Arizona, the Arizona Healthcare Association (AHCA), the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA), and Lifework, formerly Arizona Medical Training Institute (AMTI), have joined forces to create an innovative and funded program. This program aims to recruit, train, and place certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and caregivers within skilled nursing facilities and assisted living centers across the state.

This funded program not only offers a unique opportunity for individuals seeking a career in healthcare but also ensures that long-term care facilities have a steady supply of qualified and compassionate CNAs and caregivers. 

To learn more about how you can become a valuable partner in this initiative and contribute to expanding the skilled workforce in Arizona, please visit our website. Together, we can make a significant impact on the healthcare industry and provide the highest level of care to those in need.

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New Partnerships bring New Opportunities!

100% fully-funded program (no-cost to students or to you!) to recruit, train and place certified nursing assistants (CNA) and caregivers within skilled nursing facilities and assisted living centers throughout the state.

Become an Education Site

Train new Nursing Assistants and Caregivers at your facility! If you have a conference room or other room that would be a comfortable, distraction-free learning environment, seat at least 10 students, AV capabilities and have access to an empty resident room with a sink, then you can be a state approved classroom!

Clinical Partnership

All Certified Nursing Assistants are required to have clinical experience during their training. We partner with long-term care facilities licensed by DHS, to send a group of 10 students and 1 RN Instructor to provide 40 hours of direct resident care in your facility. Ask us about a clinical contract opportunity.

Approved State Board Testing Site

In Arizona, Caregivers must pass a written State Board exam and CNAs must pass a written and skill State Board exam. Requirements include a distraction-free, private area for at least 8 candidates. Testing for CNA also includes use of the resident room with bed and sink. Hosting testing at your facility allows more candidates to become certified sooner and have to travel less to an approved testing site. Opportunities exist as well for nurses on your staff to become approved RN Test Observers.

Continuing Education

Lifework Education offers all the continuing education classes to keep your staff up-to-date and keep regulators happy. Host on-site training courses for your whole staff for BLS CPR, Article 9, Prevention & Support, continuing education units and more.


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“The Arizona Health Care Association is pleased to usher in this important statewide workforce development grant to support long term care facilities in their effort to recruit, train and retain essential staff,” said David A. Voepel, Executive Director of the Arizona Health Care Association.
“Staffing is critical in ensuring quality outcomes for the vulnerable population we serve. This additional funding will go a long way in meeting that challenge. We appreciate Governor Ducey recognizing the need for this program.”

Learn more about the Lifework Partners

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The National Association of Health Care Assistants mission is to elevate the professional standing and performance of a CNA and other caregivers through recognition, advocacy, education and empowerment while building a strong alliance with health care providers to maximize success and quality patient care.

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The Arizona Healthcare Association takes pride in being the state’s largest professional long-term care association and advocacy organization, representing skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities.

AHCA member facilities care for more than 18,000 of Arizona’s elderly citizens. AHCA is dedicated to assisting our members in providing the highest quality of long-term care services to their residents, and we look forward to being your valued long-term care resource.

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