The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.
The Certified Nurse Assistant Certificate provides over 262 hours of lecture, skills lab, and clinical practice, and prepares students for work in skilled nursing facilities or residences. The program duration is 10 weeks, 4-5 days per week. Clinical hours are held in a skilled nursing facility. The program prepares students to take the competency examination for the Nurse Assistant certificate issued by the California State Department of Health Services.
Nurse Assistants, as important members of the health care team, assist the nurse with the care of the patient in skilled nursing facilities or hospitals. They perform such duties as changing bed linen, dressing, grooming, bathing, assisting in and out of bed, taking vital signs and feeding patients.
Employment opportunities are available in skilled nursing and personal care facilities, hospitals, and residential care agencies. Many individuals find jobs through temporary staffing agencies and home health care services. The job outlook is very good for this field. Individuals interested in career advancement may pursue further study to become licensed vocational nurses, and then registered nurses.
The California State Department of Health Services has specific legal requirements governing the certification of Nurse Assistants. Criminal background screening must be completed and the student cleared of criminal convictions before he/she can be competency tested or certified by the State of California. All students starting the program must be fingerprinted.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
1. Meet State of California criteria for eligibility to take CNA Certification Examinations.
2. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities required for an entry-level CNA.
Recommended Sequence of Courses
Students interested in a suggested order of courses can view the recommended course sequence or can contact the Health Sciences Department.