CNA careers are in high demand and with a median salary of $32, 496 annually* for San Diego nursing assistants, it’s the perfect time to get in. California requires CNA prospects to undergo at least 160 hours of classroom and clinical instruction. Sixty of the 160 hours must be allocated for classroom training where students learn basic nursing skills, patient safety and rights, resident abuse prevention and other vital information. The other 100 hours cover supervised clinical training at a health facility. State-approved programs must teach students how to manage people with developmental or mental disorders such as cerebral palsy, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and mental illness. San Diego is a great place to train as a CNA and begin a rewarding career. Choose from the list of top state-approved schools below.
San Diego Continuing Education
San Diego Continuing Education’s Centre City Campus offers a 260 to 300-hour non-credit nursing assistant program. The 12 to 16-week curriculum covers vital signs, nutrition, charting, observation, death and dying, patient rights, emergency procedures, ethics, rehabilitative care, and basic communication. Tuition is free for California residents. However, students should budget $350 for supplies and other expenses. Applicants to the program must demonstrate a 9th-grade reading proficiency before entry. Other admission requirements include a negative TB test, medical exam, and criminal and background clearance. Students must attend a mandatory orientation session.
Address: 1400 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 388-4600
Students learn basic nursing procedures, observations, collecting patient data, and relating to patients and other employees in the 8.5-unit program at South Western College. The school offers four classes throughout the year: January, March, June and August. Classes meet three days a week (8 hours) for nine weeks. Class sizes are limited to 40-50 students, so admission is on a first come first served basis. Graduates can transfer their course credits to the school’s Nursing Associate Degree and Vocational Nursing Programs. Graduates are also eligible to take the State certification exam to work as CNAs. The total cost, including tuition, is an estimated $750.
Address: 8100 Gigantic St., Room 4401, San Diego, CA 92154
Phone: (619) 482-6352
California Medical College
The structured nurse assistant curriculum at California Medical College seeks to promote quality of care in long-term facilities, provide entry-level skills to students, and expand the role of CNAs in the healthcare facility. The 170-hour CNA program also includes a 40-hour Home Health Aide training option for students who want to work as home health aides. The entire curriculum meets Federal and State training regulations. Nurse Assistant Theory and Lab provides 51 hours of classroom and 18 hours lab skills training. Nurse Assistant Clinical meets the state requirements with 101 hours of supervised clinical training at Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF). Contact the school’s administration to ask about tuition, class schedules and interest free payment plans.
Address: 7851 Mission Center Court, Suite 326 San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: (858) 357-8800
Fax: (619) 296-9200
International Health Group Inc.
Complete your nurse assistant training in 22 days with International Health Group’s combined theory and clinical training course. Over 90 percent of the school’s graduates go on to pass the state exam. IHG teaches basic nursing principles and all the guidelines set forth by the state, but they emphasize quality care and impart confidence to all students, so they remain calm in emergencies and stressful situations. Tuition includes Live Scan Fingerprint, state exam review course, state exam fee, medical, TB test, CPR certification, textbooks, two sets of uniforms, and state exam kit. Contact the school for schedule and financing option.
Trinity Health Education
Conveniently located in central San Diego just off Freeway 15, Trinity Health Education offers a 5-week CNA program. Students must present the results of a health and physical exam and TB test before admission to the program. The curriculum covers basic nursing, first aid, patient rights, nutrition, and other vital topics during the 175 contact hour training. Classes meet Monday to Friday from 7am to 3pm. Local Government funding, financial assistance and payment options are available to all students. Contact the school for details on tuition and class schedules.
Address: 9524 Kearny Villa Road Suite 109 San Diego, CA 92126
Phone: (858) 578-7049
Fast Track Medical Training Center
The nursing assistant program at Fast Track Medical Training Center seeks to prepare students for the California Nurse Assistant exam and success on the job. Both the classroom and supervised training cover critical nursing procedures such as personal care and grooming, vital signs, transferring patients, reporting, observation, patient rights, communication and other essential topics. The course also covers adult CPR training with accompanying certificate. Both the academic and practical sessions are integral aspects of the course. Therefore, students must maintain perfect attendance in order to graduate. Tuition costs $1500.00 and includes CPR Certification, study materials, uniform, and blood pressure machine.
American Red Cross
The nurse assistant certificate course at the American Red Cross prepares students for an entry-level career in health. Students develop the knowledge and skills to follow a career pathway in the fast-growing health care industry. They learn how to provide basic care, such as feeding, bathing, and dressing patients and take vital signs. The experienced licensed nurse instructors cover basic nursing principles, safety and emergency procedures, nutrition, the role of the nurse aide, observation and reporting, rehabilitation techniques, range of motion, communication and interpersonal skills, and laws and ethics. Professionalism in the workplace is also included as part of the training. Applicants must be 16 years or older and should contact a Red Cross representative for a schedule of information sessions. Each cycle runs for 28 days and includes 100 hours and classroom lectures and hands-on experience at a long-term care facility. The class size is limited to 15 students per instructor. Tuition for the program is $1,500 and includes books, supplies, CPR certification, and the exam fee. Students also benefit from lifetime membership as an ARC NAT graduate, job fairs with local employers, a resume workshop, 2-year CPR, First Aid and AED certification, and after-class tutoring.
Address: 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (858) 309-1200
Western Medical Training Center
The 22-day nursing assistant program at the Western Medical Training Center prepares students for an entry-level career as a Certified Nursing Assistant. The curriculum includes 51 hours of classroom lectures, 20 hours of lab practice, and 103 hours of real-world experience in a clinical setting. Applicants must be 16 years or older with a valid photo OD (must match the name on the social security card), and complete a physical and TB test. Weekday, evening and weekend schedules are available. Weekday classes meet Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. Evening classes are Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Weekend sessions are Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. Tuition for the program is $1,500 and includes livescan fingerprinting, gait belt, stethoscope, CPR, 2 sets of uniforms, workbook, state exam handbook, skills and training videos, a free RNA class, and an extra review day to prepare for the state certification exam.
MiraCosta College students must enroll in Nursing 160 to complete to be admitted into the Nursing Assistant program. Prerequisite courses include English 50 or ESL 50 or pass the English assessment or approved equivalent. Interested persons should also have current American Heart Associate Health Care Provider CPR. Once accepted into the program, students must present the results of a physical exam, including a TB skin test, a valid social security card, and CPR card by the first day of class. Proof of a flu vaccine must be presented during flue season. The curriculum covers 184 hours of instruction in the classroom and lab, and clinical training in a long-term care facility. Summer sessions are 6 weeks; classes meet 32 hours each week. The program is also offered twice during each spring and fall semester and runs for 8 weeks. Graduates are eligible to take the state certifying exam which the school arranges each semester. The school’s pass rate is 97% on the written exam and 92% on the skills evaluation. The average cost of attendance is $600 and includes tuition, books, uniforms, physical exam, TB skin test, state exam, and CPR card.
Address: One Barnard Drive, Bldg, T420 Oceanside, CA 92056
Phone: (760) 757-2121
Healthcare Academy of California
The nursing assistant certificate program at the Healthcare Academy of California will include theory, practical lab, and clinical training to prepare students for success on the state certification exam and employment as an entry-level CNA. The California-state guided curriculum includes training in basic nursing, safety and emergency procedures, measuring vital signs, observation and reporting, range of motion, communication, personal care skills, hospice care, mental health, role and responsibility of a nursing assistant, and laws and ethics. The program is available on day or weekend schedule. The 4-week day program meets Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Weekend meeting times are Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm for 11 weeks. Applicants must have a current CA state driver’s license or government ID, social security care, current physical and TB, Hepatitis B vaccination, and a deposit to reserve a seat. Tuition for the program is $1,750.