​​​​​Female nursing assistant working hard with training from Santa Ana College near Anaheim, Irvine, Tustin

Certified Nursing Assistant

All CNA classes and orientations are now full. If you would like to learn about the program, please fill out the interest form below. 

Click here for the interest form for free career education classes at Santa Ana College, near Anaheim, Irvine, and Garden Grove

​ ​Certificate Overview​

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are on the front lines of patient care and are valuable members of the healthcare team. The CNA works with a nurse to help patients with daily living tasks, assist with medical equipment, and check vital signs. CNAs provide important social and emotional support to the patient. They also relay vital information on patient conditions to the nurse. ​
In this 13-week certification program, you will learn the following: 

-Get equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a certified nurse assistant.​
-Practice for the Certified Nursing Assistant Board Exam to be licensed as a CNA.
-Prepare to gain employment as a licensed CNA.

This program is approved by the California Department of Public Health.​ A certificate of completion is awarded to students who successfully complete the course. The graduates will also be prepared to sit for their State Certification Exam.​​ 

The CNA courses are free! However, you may still have fees for uniforms, supplies, CPR certification, and your Health fees and Background test.

Job Outlook​

​Average Annual Earnings: $37,402 
Annual Job Openings in Orange County California: Over 800

Participation Requirements
  • -Possess a State Issued ID or Driver's License
  • -Possess a Social Security Card/ITIN Number 
  • -Pass a TB Test (Tuberculosis) or Clear Chest X-Ray 
  • -Pass a Physical Exam to confirm good health 
  • -Pass a Background Check (LiveScan Fingerprints) 
  • -Possess certification for BLS/CPR for Healthcare Professionals​​ 
  • -Possess Immunity/Passed immunization forms (Varicella, Tdap, MMR, Hep B & Influenza). COVID vaccine and boosters may be required depending on the ​clinical facility.  
  • -​Attend a mandatory information orientation, VHLTH 101

​​Course​ Requirements​

Students must pass BOTH of the following courses:
VHLTH 101 - Overview of the Nursing Assistant Training Program
VHLTH 102 - Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training​ 

Students must pass ONE of the following courses:
VBUS 402 - WorkForce Power Skills
ESL 520 - English for Work 2

CNA Students finishing program at Santa Ana College Continuing Education and passing their Nurse Assistant Training Program

​Congratulations to our Spring 2024 Cohort on completing the program and passing the Nurse Assistant Training Program!


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