Certified Nursing Assistant Pathway

CNAs provide basic care and help patients with activities of daily living. They work as part of a healthcare team under the supervision of licensed practical or licensed vocational nurses and registered nurses. CNAs are often the principal caregivers in nursing and residential care facilities.

The Education Fund has partnered with educational providers to offer Certified Nursing Assistant programs that prepare students for the State Exam. Education Fund-eligible members can take this entire program at no cost.

Considering a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant?

  • CNA jobs are projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • The median annual wage for a CNA was $29,660 in May 2019. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,960, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $40,620.
  • CNAs workers work in a variety of healthcare settings such as hospitals, nursing care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home healthcare services, assisted living facilities.

* Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Program Locations & Dates

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Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and Encino

Provider: Los Angeles Skills Academy

  • Classroom/Online – 60 hours of theory
  • In-person clinical – 100-hour externship at Encino & Santa Fe Springs

Program Start Dates (Fast Track weekday):

  • October 20, 2021 – December 15, 2021 (Long Beach/Santa Fe Springs Lab)
  • November 29, 2021 – January 4, 2022 (Encino)

Program length: 22 days

Program Start Dates (Part-time Evenings):

  • November 15, 2021 – January 1, 2022 (Long Beach/Santa Fe Springs Lab)
  • November 29, 2021 – March 7, 2022 (Encino)

Program length: 10 weeks

Program Start Dates (Part-time Weekends):

  • October 23, 2021 – January 23, 2022 (Long Beach/Santa Fe Springs Lab)
  • October 23, 2021 – January 23, 2022 (Encino)

Program length: 12 weekends

Riverside

Provider: Best American Healthcare University

  • Online Instruction – 60 hours (self-paced during this timeframe)
  • Online clinical – 100 hours video demonstrations
  • 32 hours lab: In-person lab for students to demonstrate skills conducted at Riverside location.

Program Start Dates:

  • October 1 – 31, 2021
  • November 1 – 30, 2021
  • December 1 – 31, 2021

Program Length: 4 weeks

Oakland and Los Angeles

Provider: H&R Healthcare School

  • Online Instruction (e-learning) – 60 hours of theory
  • In-person clinical – 100 hour externship at Oakland and Los Angeles locations.

Program Start Dates (Evenings): 

  • October 20, 2021 – December 7, 2021
  • November 1, 2021 – December 30, 2021

Program Start Dates (Weekends):

  • October 20 – December 17, 2021
  • November 1, 2021 – January 7, 2022

Program Length: 10 weeks

Northwest (Washington and Oregon)

Provider: Clackamas Community College

Nursing Assistant Certificate

Program Length: 155 hours

Program Start Dates: January 3, 2022 – March 19, 2022

Prerequisites: Placement exam scores must be at least Writing 121 and Reading 115 to be eligible to apply or an unofficial transcript indicating Writing 095 was taken with a “C” or better.

Nevada

Provider: College of Southern Nevada

Nursing Assistant Certificate

Program Length: 3-6 units

Program Start Dates: January 18, 2022 – May 15, 2022

Prerequisite: A satisfactory score on the Accuplacer Reading Placement test; or a grade of C or higher in English 100 or English 101 or English 113

Denver

Provider: Community College of Denver

Nurse Aide Certificate

Program Length: 5 units

Program Start Dates: January 18, 2022 – May 9, 2022

Prerequisites: A minimum of 89 scores in Reading and 95 scores in Sentence Skills OR received a C or better in College Composition and Reading (CCR) OR Received an 18 score for the ACT OR 470 score for the SATs.

 

Provider: Pima Medical Institutes

Nursing Assistant/Nurse Aide Certificate

Program Length: 125 hours

Program Start Date: October 27, 2021

Prerequisites: Complete the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) with a 14 score

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