Certified Nursing Assistant

This noncredit program focuses on the fundamental principles of basic nursing care necessary to meet the hygiene, comfort, and safety needs of residents. The identification and reporting of resident abuse along with development of skills in communication and interpersonal relations will be discussed. The role of the CNA as part of the health care team and practice of skills to pass the state certification exam are highlighted. The course follows the guidelines established by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Successful completion of the course does not ensure certification, which is obtained through the CDPH. Application and related forms are provided at the information session.

Must attend a mandatory information session. Once provisionally accepted, must attend a mandatory orientation, meet all health requirements, and clear background and Live Scan fingerprinting. Must be 16 years or older. No high school or GED required.

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses

CNA/N 621Nursing Assistant Theory


CNA/N 622Nursing Assistant Skills Lab


CNA/N 623Nursing Assistant Clinical



A student receiving a certificate in this field will be able to:

  • Apply principles of effective infection control, safety, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrate techniques to promote dignity and promote independence.
  • Apply the concepts learned in the program to successfully pass the state CNA certification exam.
  • Demonstrate safe and competent resident care.