Nursing Assistant Pre-Certification
The Nursing Assistant Pre-Certification course is a 16 week program offered in the Fall and Spring Semesters. This course is designed for students who have expressed an interest in the entry level nursing profession. This course meets Title 22 regulations in taking care of the geriatric population in the long term care setting utilizing skills in basic care, emergency care, and communication. Students who complete the curriculum and the certificate of completion, are qualified to apply for and take the state certification exam leading to certification as a Certified Nurse Assistant.
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Curriculum Guide for the Nursing Assistant Pre-Certification Program
|CNA Course Content|
|Introduction||Patient Rights||Interpersonal Skills|
|Prevention Management of
|Body Mechanics||Medical & Surgical Asepsis|
|Weights & Measures||Patient Care Skills||Patient Care Procedures|
|Vital Signs||Nutrition||Emergency Procedures|
|Long Term Care Patient||Rehabilitative Nursing||Observation &
|Death & Dying||Health & Safety Code
|72 Hours Theory|
|Total Units 6.5|
CNA Application Period:
9/03/19 to 10/04/19: Spring 2020 start
CNA Applicants accepted to the nursing program must attend the MANDATORY Advisement Meeting – TBA
Applicants must complete and submit a Nurse Assistant Pre-Certification application to the Health Science & Nursing Division for consideration. (click here> for nursing application)
The Dean of Health Science & Nursing and the CNA Program Director will evaluate each applicant for consideration. Applicants accepted into the program will be notified by mail.
Students accepted into the Nursing Assistant Pre-Certification program are required to:
1) submit a completed health & physical examination form, including immunization records
(Applicants must be free from communicable diseases, infections, psychological disorders,
and other conditions that would prevent the successful performance of the responsibilities
and tasks required in the training),
2) submit an American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Professional Healthcare
Providers CPR Card,
3) complete a background check through LiveScan (fingerprints).
(Based on guidelines from California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and clinical facility
policies; nursing students must have a clear criminal background and be fingerprinted to participate
in clinical courses. The Health Science and Nursing Division requires applicants to disclose prior
misdemeanors and felony convictions. The applicant must explain the circumstance of the conviction
and provide documentation of rehabilitation. The CDPH considers the nature and severity of the
offense, subsequent acts, recency of the acts of crime, compliance with court sanctions, and evidence
of rehabilitation in determining eligibility for certification.)
4) A Valid Social Security Number and California State Issued Identification Card with matching
names. (The CDPH requires a valid social security number and identification card for certification).
State Certification Requirements
– All students are required to meet the State requirements for hours of theory and clinical attendance.
– The CDPH requires a valid social security number and identification card for certification.
– The CDPH licensing and Certification Program Aide and Technician Certification can be reached at
For additional information contact the Health Science and Nursing Division at 562.908.3421.