Certified Nurse Assistant Training

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Certified Nurse Assistant Training Program Description

Start your career in health care in as little as 6 weeks with our Certified Nurse Assistant Training!

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We offer our Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) class in the following locations:

  • Sonoma County (Santa Rosa)
  • Marin County (San Rafael)

This 180-hour course trains students to provide quality care to residents in nursing homes. Upon successful completion of the course, students will qualify to take the state competency exam to be a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA).

The goal of the Nurse Assistant Training Course is to prepare the nurse assistant for state certification and to function as an efficient, knowledgeable and safe CNA.

The course has three components:

  • 63 hours of theory/lab work conducted in the classroom.
  • 100 hours of supervised clinical training at an accredited and state-approved long term care facility.
  • 17 hours of other enhancements.

The course uses American Red Cross curriculum and is taught by licensed nurses approved by the Department of Health Services.

The instructors deliver the course content through lectures, demonstrations and exposure of the students to actual nursing procedures and techniques while in a clinical setting. Students will learn a variety of skills such as taking and recording patient blood pressure, temperature, pulse rate, and respirations; assisting with the activities of daily living, including bathing and hygiene, using the toilet, etc. Students’ knowledge is evaluated on an ongoing basis through tests and quizzes.

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Our program is under the standards of Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), below is the website for more information.


CNA Course Requirements

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must be able to read English at the 8th grade level or higher
  • Must bring a copy of your High School Diploma or GED or Must pass a TABE Test (no cost to student)
  • Must possess a Valid ID and Social Security number
  • Must pass a physical exam within one year prior to class start date and a TB screening performed by your physician or nurse practitioner within six months prior to the orientation.
  • Must pass an online Background Check and a Livescan fingerprinting and criminal background screening (performed at the Red Cross)

For Information on the Program or How to Register Select the Location That you Desire

For more information please Click Here or call 707-577-7640.

Potential Students must attend an Information Session to register.

Payments can be made by Credit Card, Cashier’s Check or Money Order (No Cash or Personal Checks). We apologize for any inconvenience.

CNA Testing
To find out about the CNA Competency Exam (state exam) near you, call 1-800-627-7000.

Payments can be made by Credit Card, Cashier’s Check or Money Order (No Cash or Personal Checks). We apologize for any inconvenience.