Certified nursing assisting is an ideal way to transition into a career in nursing. Doctors and registered nurses depend on their CNAs to execute routine tasks that are critical to patients’ care and comfort. In hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities, a CNA is a communication liaison between patients and senior staff. Their time spent in the company of patients places them in a key position to observe and relay information to doctors and nurses. To become a Certified Nursing Assistant in California, you must enroll in a state-approved approved training program comprising of at least 75 hours in the classroom and 100 hours in a supervised clinical setting. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the nurse aide competency exam for placement on the California Nurse Aide Registry.
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The nursing assistant program at CLASS prepares students for employment in the field of nursing. Prospective students must first complete the Jobs First class, which runs for five weeks and includes training in workplace ethics, interview preparation, resume building, and dress and attire. Upon completion of the Jobs First training, graduates can enroll in the six-week nursing assistant program in preparation for the state certification exam. The curriculum is divided into classroom, lab, and clinical sessions. Students spend the first two weeks in the classroom and the final four weeks in a clinical setting, providing direct care services to residents in a nursing home under the supervision of the registered nurse instructor. Applicants must attend testing and registration – schedules are available on the school’s website. The course fee and copies of a photo ID and social security card must be submitted with the completed CNA packet. There is a mandatory enrollment meeting two weeks before the first day of classes. Tuition for the program is $170. The textbook costs $65.
- Website: http://cl.centralunified.org/nurse_assistant_training_program
- Address: 2698 N. Brawley, Fresno, CA 93722
- Phone: (559) 276-5230
- Fax: (559) 276-8204
Graduates of WestMed College’s nursing assistant certificate program are eligible to apply for the state exam to become Certified Nurse Assistants. The foundation provided by the 16-module course gives students the encouragement and confidence to enroll in a practical nursing or registered nursing program to become licensed nurses. The curriculum includes lectures in the classroom, hands-on practice in the simulated lab, and supervised clinical experiences at a long-term care facility. Students work in groups under the direction of the experienced instructor to develop clinical skills as well as critical thinking and communication skills. Instructors emphasize the provision of compassionate care within the guidelines of state laws and ethical principles. By the program’s conclusion, students will know how to measure vital signs, recognize the symptoms of common diseases, understand human anatomy and patients’ nutritional needs, and communicate effectively with patients, their families, and other members of the healthcare team.
- Website: http://www.westmedcollege.edu/Programs/Programs/Nurse-Assistant-Certificate-Program.html
- Address: 20 E. River Park Place West Fresno, CA 93720
- Phone: (559) 256-4980
- Fax: (559) 256-4997
- Email: [email protected]
Fresno Adult School
Residents of Fresno and surrounding communities have a unique opportunity to train for an exciting career in the healthcare industry by enrolling in the comprehensive training program at Fresno Adult School. A new cohort begins every quarter and runs for approximately three months. Applicants must be 18 years or older with a high school diploma or GED, minimum TABE Score Level A 9.0 in all four subject areas, and completed (or currently enrolled) Computers in the Workplace. Once accepted, students must pass a background check for clinical assignment and provide a valid state-issued photo ID. Health requirements include a health history, physical exam, TB clearance, flu vaccination, and the ability to push and pull objects weighing 75 to 100 lbs with assistance. Medical terminology is highly recommended.
- Website: http://www.fas.edu/
- Address: 2500 Stanislaus Street Fresno, CA 93721
- Phone: (559) 457.6002
- Fax: (559) 457.6001
Clovis Adult School
After 14 weeks of classroom, lab, and clinical instructions, graduates of the nurse aide program at Clovis Adult School are eligible to take the state’s nurse aide competency exam for certification in California. Topics covered in the classroom and lab are vital signs, safety and emergency procedures, communications, interpersonal relations, ethics, rehabilitation, infection control, personal care skills, mental health, anatomy and physiology. Prospective students must submit a completed application and evidence of completing the required immunization. A level D TABE test passed at an eighth-grade level is also required. Morning and evening schedules are available. Morning sessions meet Monday through Thursday and one Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:15 pm – clinical sessions are from 6:45 am to 12:30 pm. Evening sessions meet Monday through Thursday and Saturday from 5:00 pm to 9:15 pm – clinical sessions meet from 3:45 pm to 8:00 pm. Tuition for the program is $700 plus $105 for the state exam. Books, uniform, immunizations, and physical clearance cost an additional $300.
- Website: http://clovisadultschool.com/index.php?key=2&ind=8&ddind=1&imgNam=health-careers.jpg
- Address: David E. Cook Way, Clovis, CA 93611
- Phone: (559) 327-2800
California Institute of Medical Science
The nursing assistant program at CIMS is a 12-week program that provides 182 contact hours of classroom, skills lab, and clinical training. Students spend 72 hours on campus and 110 hours at a licensed nursing facility. Morning and evening schedules are available. During the supervised clinical experience, students learn how to observe patients, assist them with personal hygiene, report health concerns, monitor vital signs, make beds, and transfer patients from one place to another. Prospective students must be a high school graduate, pass a criminal background check and drug screen, and pass the assessment exam. Before the clinical experience, students must obtain CPR certification and also meet the stipulated health requirements, such as the ability work to work for up to 12 hours per day, lift patients of various weights and sizes, push, pull, and turn patients, lift up to 50 pounds unassisted. A TB clearance and immunizations (Varicella, MMR, Hepatitis) are some other health requirements. Tuition for the program is $1,500. A flexible payment plan is available to all students.
- Website: http://www.cims.edu/programs/certified-nurse-assistant-training-school/
- Address: 1901 E. Shields, Ste. B-118, Fresno, CA
- Phone: (559) 490-3911.
Students enrolled in the nurse assistant course at Milan Institute will understand and demonstrate the role and responsibilities of the nursing assistant. Graduates will be eligible to apply for the state certification exam and function competently in a healthcare setting. The curriculum covers 152 hours of classroom, lab, and clinical instruction in safety and infection control, communication, interpersonal relationships, HIPAA and patient rights, elimination procedures, rehabilitation of clients, nutritional requirements, personal care procedures, basic anatomy and physiology, and bed making techniques. Students complete the requirements in five weeks of study. Applicants must be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED – applicants without a high school diploma must pass the Scholastic Level Exam with a minimum score of 11. Upon notification of acceptance, students must pass a drug screen and criminal background check, provide proof of a clear TB test and tetanus vaccination, and submit the report of a physical exam prepared by a licensed physician. Tuition for the program is $2,100 including books, supplies, vaccinations, CPR/ First Aid, and lab fee.
- Website: http://milaninstitute.edu/career-programs/nursing-assistant/
- Address: 6500 South Mooney Boulevard, Visalia, CA 93277
- Phone: 1-888-207-9460
Graduates of the one-semester nursing assistant program at Reedley College are eligible to take the American Red Cross CNA certification. Applicants must attend a mandatory orientation session as a first step to enrolling in the program. The extensive application package requires students to fill out the initial application and complete a physical exam, MMR immunization, and TB skin test. The school recommends that students complete English and Medical Terminology to improve their chances of success in the course. Course topics include anatomy and physiology, infection control, basic nursing principles, role and responsibility of a nursing assistant, communication and interpersonal relationships, law and ethics, patient rights and independence, safety and emergency procedures, mental health, personal care skills, vital signs, and death and dying.
- Website: http://www.reedleycollege.edu/index.aspx?page=673
- Address: 995 North Reed Ave, Reedley, CA 93654
- Phone: (559) 638-0300