Optional Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP) Program

The UAP program is funded by the Missouri Department of Economic Development to build a pipeline of health care professionals. It is especially helpful for pre-nursing students looking to build their resume with health care experience before applying for their clinical program. 

Who is the UAP Program for?

University of Missouri undergraduate students who have not started their clinical curriculum and are seeking hands-on learning experiences. Students who are successful in the course and the culminating CNA exam, continue their experience as Care Team Associates at the University of Missouri Health Care system. 

Course and Clinical Offerings

This course is offered year-round (fall, spring and summer semesters). 

Students will learn in the classroom, simulation and clinical settings based on the following breakdowns: 

  1. Classroom: 75 hours
  2. Simulation lab: 30 hours
  3. Clinical on the job training: 70 hours

About the Program

  • The Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) examination fee is paid for by the Missouri Department of Economic Development grant. 
  • Students are paid the current Care Team Associate- Clinical (CTA-C) wage for the clinical on the job training hours. 
  • Students are highly encouraged to continue working at MUHC as a CTA-C after finishing the course and passing the CNA exam. 

The Sinclair School of Nursing and the University of Missouri Health Care (MUHC) partners to inform candidates of the application process during the fall and spring semesters. Applicants will interview with MUHC staff. A competitive application includes a minimum 3.0 college GPA.  

Climb the Career Ladder

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 31% growth in employment for those with a Graduate Certificate. Ready to take your nursing career to the next level? Learn how to apply to the program today.

How to Apply – Graduate Certificates