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CNA Classes in California

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California CNA Training

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People who think they would enjoy a career in which they got to help people by improving their health and happiness on a daily basis might want to consider enrolling in California CNA Classes. CNA stands for certified nursing assistant, and individuals that earn this designation are expected to provide assistance with patient assessment and education for doctors and nurses in a health care setting.

Many people think that the only way that they can work in a doctor's office or hospital is if they go to medical school to become a licensed nurse or doctor. However, doctors and nurses are finding it hard to keep up with the high number of patients that they have to treat on a daily basis. By hiring a certified nursing assistant, nurses can make more efficient use of their time, which enables them to see more patients while still providing a high quality of care.

Becoming a CNA in California

In California, any individual wishing to become a CNA must first complete 150 hours of CNA training. This includes at least 50 hours of theory training and 100 hours of supervised clinical training. After this has been successfully completed, he or she must then apply to take, and pass, the CNA competency evaluation.

Renewing a CNA License

California CNA certificates expire every two years. In order to renew the certification, a CNA must prove that he or she worked 48 hours as a CNA in the past 2 years, and that at least 12 hours were worked in each of the 2 years. He or she must also have been paid to work at least one day for providing nursing or nursing-related services.

If a CNA does not meet the renewal requirements, he or she must retake the competency exam in order to renew his or her certification. This test must be passed within two years of the CNA's certification expiring. If not, then he or she must retake an approved CNA training program.

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California CNA Certification Requirements

To get your CNA certificate in California, you first need to complete the required course work and/ or training program. You will need to pass the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam. If you do not pass, you may retake the test up to three times in a 2 year period. There are many online CNA Test Prep resources if you need assistance. Applicants must then submit fingerprint cards. Licenses/certificates and will not be issued without the results of a state and federal background check coming back in good standing. As prescribed by federal law, the typical California CNA certificate program lasts approximately 8 to 13 weeks to gain 75 accredited hours of CNA course work and 100 hours of clinical rotation. Individual schools often have special requirements to begin training. After passing the Certified Nurse Assistant exam, you must be placed on the California Nurse Aid Registry.

Required Hours for California CNA Certification

In California, you are required to complete a minimum of 75 hours of CNA course work and 100 hours of clinical rotation before challenging the state CNA licensing exam. The nurse aide classes typically last 2-6 months. Individual schools often have special requirements to begin the training program.

California CNA Certification Prerequisites

In California, CNA prerequisites include a current background check, two fingerprint cards, Photo ID, two photos (passport size). A negative TB test within the past 6 months and proof of immunizations will be required. You will also be required to show a high school diploma or GED.

California CNA Certification Resources

Coast Health Education Center Inc.

  • 1741 W. Katella Avenue
    Anaheim, CA 92804
    Programs: CNA, LVN

North Orange County ROP

  • 385 N. Muller St.
    Anaheim, CA 92801
    Programs: CNA, LVN

Qbics Career College

Pass Institute

  • 5111 Lone Tree Way
    Antioch, CA 94531
    Programs: CNA

Apple Valley High School ROP

LACOROP – Arcadia Unified School District

  • 180 Campus Drive
    Arcadia, CA 91007
    Programs: CNA

College of Medical Arts

  • 1685 Shafter Road
    Atwater, CA 95301
    Programs: CNA

College of Medical Arts

  • 11600 Eucation St
    Auburn, CA 95602
    Programs: CNA

Aeon Academic College

Bakersfield Adult School

Bakersfield College

Golden Living Center

Kern High School ROP

  • 501 S. Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Bakersfield, CA 93307
    Programs: CNA

Preferred College of Nursing

  • 2300 Truxton Avenue, Ste 200
    Bakersfield, CA 93301
    Programs: CNA

Vena Health Education Institute

Baldwin Park Adult School

Advanced Medical School of Nursing

  • 10 Mountain View Ave. St. 1020
    Bay Point, CA 94565
    Programs: CNA

Beaumont Adult School

  • 1575 Cherry Avenue
    Beaumont, CA 92223
    Programs: CNA, LVN

Bellflower Adult School

  • 9242 East Laurel Street
    Bellflower, CA 90706
    Programs: CNA

Computer & Career Institute

  • 292 S. La Cienga Blvd. #206
    Beverly Hills, CA 90211
    Programs: CNA

Cerro Cosso Community College

  • 4090 West Line Street
    Bishop, CA 93514
    Programs: CNA

Palo Verde College

Brawley Union High School

  • 480 North Imperial Ave., Rm-87
    Brawley, CA 92227
    Programs: CNA

Burbank Adult School

  • 3811 W. Allen Avenue
    Burbank, CA 91505
    Programs: CNA

Ventura County ROP

  • 465 Horizon Circle
    Camarillo, CA 93010
    Programs: CNA

American Red Cross

  • 6800 Owensmouth; Ste - 140
    Canoga Park, CA 91303
    Programs: CNA

Trinity School of Nursing

  • 21515 Vanowen Street Suite 216
    Canoga Park, CA 91303
    Programs: CNA

Atrium School Inc.

  • 550 East Carson Plaza Dr. St. 126
    Carson, CA 90746
    Programs: CNA

North American College

  • 21032 Main St.
    Carson, CA 90745
    Programs: CNA

Pathways College

  • 637 E. Albertoni St., Ste. 100
    Carson, CA 90746
    Programs: CNA

Castro Valley Adult School

North Monterey County Unified School District

  • 13990 Castroville Blvd.
    Castroville, CA 95012
    Programs: CNA

Nurses Development Center, Inc.

  • 17100 Norwalk Blvd.; Ste-105
    Cerritos, CA 90703
    Programs: CNA

Plumas-Sierrra ROP

  • 612 First Street
    Chester, CA 96020
    Programs: CNA

Butte County Regional Occupational Program

College of Medical Arts

  • 2850 Sierra Sunrise Terrace
    Chico, CA 95928
    Programs: CNA

Avalon Training Center

  • 1104 Ventura Ave.
    Chowchilla, CA 93610
    Programs: CNA

Chula Vista Adult School

Southwestern College

Sweetwater Unified Schoold District

Clovis Adult and Vocational Education

  • 1452 David E. Cook Way
    Clovis, CA 93611
    Programs: CNA, LVN

West Hills College

  • 300 Cherry Lane
    Coalinga, CA 93210
    Programs: CNA

Four-D College

  • 1020 E. Washington St
    Colton, CA 92324
    Programs: CNA, LVN

Health Sciences Institute of California

  • 930 South Mt. Vernon Avenue, # 400
    Colton, CA 92324
    Programs: CNA

Summit Career College

  • 851 S. Cooley Drive
    Colton, CA 92324
    Programs: CNA, LVN

American Red Cross

  • 2227 South Atlantic Blvd.
    Commerce, CA 90040
    Programs: CNA

Anderson Medical Career College

  • 6400 E. Washington Blvd.
    Commerce, CA 90040
    Programs: CNA

Compton Community College

Compton High School

  • 601 South Acacia St
    Compton, CA 90220
    Programs: CNA

Compton ROP – Centennial High School

  • 700 North Bullis Road
    Compton, CA 90221
    Programs: CNA

Dominguez High School

  • 15301 San Jose Avenue
    Compton, CA 90221
    Programs: CNA
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