CNAs follow basic nursing procedures to provide direct patient care to residents in long-term care settings, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. They’re often the primary caregivers in these facilities, assisting residents with bathing, dressing, meals, and movement. The California Department of Health regulates the requirements for certification and employment for California’s CNAs. Prospective candidates must complete an approved education program and pass a competency exam for inclusion on the state registry. The DOH also requires nursing assistants to receive criminal background clearance, fulfill continuing education requirements and renew their listing on the state’s registry to continue working as licensed nursing assistants.
Trident School Of Nursing
The 5-week long nurse assistant training program at Trident School of Nursing prepares students for employment at nursing homes, hospitals, and long term care facilities. Applicants must attend the school’s mandatory orientation in order to continue with the classes. A criminal background check, drug screen, immunization, and TB test are also requirements for entry. Students meet during the week for classroom training and complete clinical rotation on the weekends. The full cost of attendance is $1,700 for students who make payment in full on the first day of classes. All other students, pay $1,900 – the school expects full payment by the last day of classes. The total cost includes tuition, CPR, live scan, textbooks, medical supplies, registration and other miscellaneous expenses. Students are responsible for paying the state certification exam fee. Graduates are eligible to take the state exam.The school maintains a registry of current CNA and HHA job openings for new grads offered by employers in the surrounding Los Angeles and Orange counties at http://tridentnursingschool.com/student-resources.html.
- Website: http://tridentnursingschool.com/program-information.html
- Address: 2047 1/2 Orange Ave., Long Beach 90806
- Phone: (562) 253-0094
American Red Cross – Long Beach
The nurse assistant training program at the American Red Cross equips students for a career in the fast-growing healthcare industry. Nurse assistant instructors equip students with the skills to provide basic care to residents in long term care facilities. They learn how to assist with feeding, dressing, bathing, and providing for the residents’ overall comfort. Over the duration of 28 days and 100 hours, students learn first hand the responsibilities of the job from Registered Nurses and Licensed Vocational Nursing professionals. Small class sizes keep the sessions intimate – to support learning. Applicants must be at least 16 years. Students also benefit from state of the art classrooms and medical equipment, lifetime membership as an ARC NAT graduate, extra tutoring sessions, resume workshop and hands-on clinical experience at a local nursing facility. Tuition is $1,500 inclusive of textbooks, supplies, CPR, and the state exam fee. Graduates receive job placement support upon completion of the training.
- Website: http://www.redcross.org/ca/long-beach/take-a-class/nurse-assistant-training
- Address: 3150 East 29th Street, Long Beach 90806
- Phone: (800) 627-7000
Goodwill Long Beach is a state-certified CNA training academy. The 11-week nurse assistant training program comprises of classroom and clinical training, which prepares students for success on the state nurse assistant competency evaluation. Apart from state-required topics like vital signs, communication, law and ethics, personal care, medical terminology and patients’ rights, instructors also emphasize financial literacy and work readiness. Applicants must be 18 years of older and low-income or no-income individuals. They must also have a clean criminal background and pass a nurse entrance interview and educational assessment. There’s a small eligibility fee required for entry. Goodwill works with graduates to assist with job placement and/or higher educational opportunities for up to five years.
- Website: http://www.thinkgood.org/certified-nurse-assistant-training-program/
- Address: 800 W. Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90806
- Phone: (562) 435-3411, extension 277 or 234
- Email: CNA@goodwillsolac.org
Long Beach School For Adults
The Long Beach School for Adults is a great place to learn the skills you need to become a certified nursing assistant. Experienced instructors use classroom and clinical training sessions to assist adults who want to develop new job skills or strengthen their skills in their current workplace. The nurse assistant training program is 9 weeks long, including time for clinical at a licensed nursing facility. Applicants must take an entry assessment and submit to a drug test, and criminal background check. Tuition is $1,500 plus extra for textbooks, uniform, and medical supplies. A flexible payment plan is available for all students.
- Website: https://lbsa-lbusd-ca.schoolloop.com/
- Address: 3701_East Willow Street, Long Beach 90815
- Phone: (562) 595-8893
Long Beach Job Corps Center
Job Corps, a division of the U.S. Department of Labor, provides occupational training for several career paths, including training for nurse assistant students. While you’re enrolled in the program, you can also obtain your GED if you didn’t graduate from high school. To enroll, you must be between the ages of 16 to 24 years, and a US citizen or legal resident. Additionally, you’ll have to provide your financial data for confirmation that you meet the program’s low-income requirements. There’s an option to live in a dorm at the Long Beach Job Corps campus or reside off-site. The program covers room, meals, training, uniform, books, medical supplies, and transport to and from the clinical site. The nurse assistant training, like other programs, is self-paced study, so you can proceed as fast or slow as you need. Job Corps pays a living allowance during training, which increases as you progress through the program. Upon graduation, the administrators will pay the fee for certification exam and assist with job placement.
- Website: http://longbeach.jobcorps.gov/vocations.aspx
- Address: 1903 Santa Fe Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90810-4050
- Phone: (562) 983-1777
- Fax: (562) 983-6393
Long Beach City College
Long Beach City College’s, The Fundamentals of Nursing (VN 215) class, prepares students to take the state certification exam for employment in skilled nursing facilities or entry into vocational nursing programs. Apart from the classroom and clinical rotation over the course of one semester, students must also complete four hours of vocational nursing activities in a Success Center. Tuition for the 6-unit class is $276 plus $150 for a health evaluation, uniform, supplies, background check, and tuberculosis screening.
- Website: https://www.lbcc.edu/program-vocational-nursing
- Address: 4901 East Carson Street, Long Beach, CA 90808
- Phone: (562) 938.4111