Become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in just one semester


The Certified Nursing Assistant program is a one-semester course leads to employment as a Certified Nursing Assistant. The course focuses on the basic principles of nursing, development and application of nursing skills in long-term care facilities.

  • Program Length:

    1 semester (5 units)

  • Program Completion:
    • Certificate of Completion
    • Eligible to take the state examination to obtain a certificate as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
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What is a Certified Nursing Assistant?

Nurse Assistants perform routine tasks in the general care of hospital, clinic, and nursing home patients. CNAs work directly under the supervision of registered and vocational nurses and perform services that require less training, therefore, freeing the medically trained staff for more highly skilled, specialized duties. Typical services and responsibilities of a CNA include:

  • Answer patient call lights
  • Bathe, dress, and undress patients
  • Tidy patients’ room
  • Change soiled linen
  • Assist with personal hygiene
  • Serve meals, water and snacks
  • Feed patients who need help
  • Transport patients, help patients walk
  • Take and record temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure
  • Record food and liquid intake/output
  • Collect specimens; urine, stool, sputum
  • Perform procedure including Heimlich maneuver, isolation, Universal Precautions, gait belt, post-mortem care
  • Observe and report unusual conditions
  • Measure height and weight using bed, chair and balance scales

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Applications are accepted from February 1 – March 1 for enrollment during the summer intersession. 

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