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

Find your region below and click to expand and find out about start dates, program length and more:

Southern California

Provider: West Los Angeles College

Home Health Aide Certificate

Program Length: 2 noncredit classes totaling 108 hours

Program Start Dates: Summer 2022: June 13, 2022

Prerequisites: None

 

Certified Nursing Assistant

Program Length: 9 weeks

Program Start Dates: Summer 2022: June 13, 2022

Prerequisites: None

 

Provider: Moorpark College

Nursing Sciences

Program Length: 2 years

Program Start Dates: Fall 2022: August 12-December 15, 2022

Prerequisites: Meet Degree Requirements

 

Provider: Ventura College

Certified Nursing Assistant

Program Length: 1 semester

Program Start Dates: Fall 2022: August 12-December 15, 2022

Prerequisites: None

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):

  • June 20, 2022 (San Bernardino)

Program length: 22 days

Program Start Dates (Part-time Evenings):

  • June 20, 2022 (Encino)
  • June 30, 2022 (Long Beach)

Program length: 10 weeks

Program Start Dates (Part-time Weekends):

  • June 19, 2022 (Santa Fe Springs / Norwalk)

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:

  • June 1, 2022
  • July 1, 2022
  • August 1, 2022
  • September 1, 2022

Program Length: 4 weeks

Northern California (Central Valley)

Provider: Modesto Junior College

Nursing Assistant

Program Length: 5.5 units

Program Start Dates: Summer: May 2, 2022

Prerequisites: None

Northern California (Bay Area)

Provider: Contra Costa College

Certified Nursing Assistant

Program Length: 5.5 units

Program Start Dates: Summer: June 13, 2022

Prerequisites: None

Northwest (Washington and Oregon)

Provider: Clackamas Community College

Nursing Assistant Certificate

Program Length: 155 hours

Program Start Dates: Summer 2022: June 20, 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: Summer: June 6, 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

Colorado

Provider: Arapahoe Community College

Certified Nursing Assistant

Program Length: 1 semester

Program Start Dates: Summer 2022: May 31, 2022

Prerequisites: None

 

Provider: Community College of Denver

Nurse Aide Certificate

Program Length: 5 units

Program Start Dates: Summer 2022: May 31, 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: Community College of Aurora

Nurse Aide Certificate

Program Length: 5 units

Program Start Dates: Summer 2022: May 31, 2022

Prerequisites: None, students will be required to complete and pass a criminal background check, drug screen and provide proof of immunizations prior to starting internships/clinical experiences.

 

Provider: PIMA Medical Institute

Nursing Assistant/Nurse Aide Certificate

Program Length: 125 hours

Program Start Date: Dates for 2022 sessions will be available mid-late November

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

 

Medical Assistant Certificate

Program Length: 29 units

Program Start Dates: June 1, 2022; July 20, 2022; September 7, 2022; October 26, 2022

Prerequisites: None

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