Certified Nurse Assistant

The objective of the Certified Nurse Assistant program of study is to prepare students for employment as Certified Nurse Assistants. Students will be employable as Certified Nurse Assistant once they pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination. Upon successful completion of the program students will:

  • Know how to assist patients with activities of daily living
  • Be able to measure and record vital signs and temperature
  • Be prepared to assist nursing staff with patient care
  • Know how to change bed linens and supplies
  • Understand nursing vocabulary and acronyms
  • Conduct themselves professionally with patients and their family
  • Be eligible to take the Nurse Assistant Certification exam

Prerequisites & Requirements

  • This program of study requires students to be California residents
  • Students must posses a valid California ID card
  • Students must posses a valid Social Security card
  • Students may not have a criminal record
  • Students must be free of communicable diseases and may not have any medical restrictions. Students may not have any restrictions of physical activity


Class Days/Hours Standard Length Maximum Time Allowable Total Clock Hours
Monday - Friday
7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
6 weeks 9 weeks 150

Graduation Requirements

A student must attend class for the required number clock hours, successfully complete all class assignments, modules, and examinations achieving at minimum a grade of 76% or pass, and fulfill all financial obligations, prior to receiving a certificate of completion attesting to the successful completion of the program of study.


Licensure as a Certified Nurse Assistant by CDPH is required for employment in this field. Licensure is obtained by passing the NNAAP examination and receiving criminal background clearance from CDPH.

Note: Students are required to complete an additional 30 hours of skills training before taking the NNAAP examination.

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