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Certified Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide Certificate Health Sciences Total Units: 11
This program is currently inactive. Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.

Term Effective: Fall 2012


The Certified Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide Skills Certificate provides over 289 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/Home Health Aide 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. Home Health Aides care for elderly, convalescent, or handicapped persons in the home of the patient. They perform the above mentioned duties for patients including preparing meals and assisting with medications under the supervision of a Licensed Vocational Nurse, Registered Nurse, or physician.

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.

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence. Click here for more information about the program, or contact the Health Sciences Department.

Licensure Note:
The California State Department of Health Services has specific legal requirements governing the certification of Nurse Assistants and Home Health Aides. 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

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  1. Prove eligibility to sit for the competency examination for certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Home Health Aide (HHA), in the State of California; and
  2. function at the entry level of a CNA and HHA.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Certified Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide Certificate program are:

  • Complete 11 units from
    • Nurse Assistant- Home Health Aide Requirements

Nurse Assistant- Home Health Aide Requirements - complete 11.00 units
NRA 150 Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide11.00

Term Effective: Fall 2012

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.

Term Inactive: Fall 2014

Previous Versions:

Nurse Assistant- Home Health Aide - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


Prior to starting the clinical portion of the program, students must submit documentation of a recent physical examination, current immunization records, and CPR certification. This is a requirement of the clinical facilities.

All courses must be completed with a C or better.

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