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CNA Programs in Sonoma, California

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Sonoma CNA Training - California

You can receive your CNA certification in as little as 3 to 8 weeks.

Admissions Advisor Tip: Don't limit your options. Contact multiple schools to to compare their different offers, like financial aid packages.

On-Campus & Online CNA Schools

How to Become a CNA in Sonoma, California


Nursing Aides are in high demand throughout California. Upon receiving certification, many new graduates find employment very quickly. In California, medical field job security is higher than most careers. You can earn your CNA license after completing a very short training program. CNA course requirements vary by state according to state regulations. However, many CNA programs can be completed in 8 to 12 weeks. Plus, CNA courses are considerably cheaper than attending LPN school and are an excellent way to get started in a healthcare career.

PCT · CNA · CMA – What’s the Difference?

This depends on where you live. Some PCT courses include EKG and phlebotomy training. Some Patient Care Technician programs also include HHA (Home Health Aid) certification. However, in some work environments the titles CNA and PCT are used interchangably. Some hospitals in California may be hiring Nurse Care Techs (NCT), a position which you can apply for with your CNA license.

CMA can stand for Certified Medication Aide or Certified Medical Assistant, both which perform separate but overlapping duties in the workplace.

How Much Does CNA Training Cost in Sonoma?

Nursing assistant courses at vocational colleges and allied health schools usually range between $400 and $1200. When choosing a CNA school, learn about all the associated costs required at each institution. Some schools list their program cost as all expenses included. However other schools may also require you to purchase additional materials (such as books, scrubs and materials for your clinicals) which have separate fees from the tuition costs.

CNA Refresher Courses around Sonoma usually cost around $100-$200.

Need Tuition Assistance?

While not all schools offer financial aid for students enrolled in their CNA course, some training programs may offer assistance to help with the cost of the course or certification. Also, some CNA employers will even pay for your Nurse Assistant training or reimburse you after you successfully complete your CNA training.

Some employers in Sonoma will cover a percentage of your CNA tuition; others will pay tuition costs up to a specific dollar amount. Often, new CNAs are required to work a particular number of months at the employer that covered their school bills. Or you may just need to reimburse them for any of the tuition costs they paid on your behalf.

When Can I Start CNA Training in Sonoma?

Many schools that offer CNA training have new sessions beginning every 6 to 8 weeks. In many areas in California, you can find CNA training starting in September 2019, October 2019, November 2019, or December 2019 available for registration now. Unlike nursing programs in California, you can usually find a school starting a new session of their CNA course fairly quickly. However, some schools offer CNA classes in semester format. At these schools, you may need to wait up 3 or 4 months to start your course.

Becoming a Nurse Aide in Sonoma is a great way to quickly gain experience in the medical field. Also check out California CNA Salary info.

California CNA Certification

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

Napa Valley Usd Adult Education

  • 1600 Lincoln Avenue
    Napa, CA 94558
    Programs: CNA

Napa County Red Cross

  • 1790 Third Street
    Napa, CA 94559
    Programs: CNA

Petaluma Adult School

  • 200 Douglas Street
    Petaluma, CA 94952
    Programs: CNA

Napa County ROP

  • 2121 Imola Avenue
    Napa, CA 94559
    Programs: CNA

North Bay Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program

Vallejo Nursing School

  • 480 Redwood St.
    Vallejo, CA 94590
    Programs: CNA

Prime Career College

Solano College of Nursing

  • 1330 Springs Rd.
    Vallejo, CA 94591
    Programs: CNA

Santa Rosa Junior College

Marin County ROP

Country Villa San Rafael Healthcare Center

  • 81 Professional Center Parkway
    San Rafael, CA 94903
    Programs: CNA

American Red Cross

Contra Costa College

College of Medical Arts

  • 1652 West Texas Street, Suite 151
    Fairfield, CA 94533
    Programs: CNA

American Red Cross

Northbay Nursing Institute

Fairfield-Suisun Adult School

West Contra Costa Adult Education

  • 6028 Ralston Ave.
    Richmond, CA 94805
    Programs: CNA

American College of Nursing

  • 2600 Stamwell Dr. Ste. 103
    Concord, CA 94520
    Programs: CNA

Nightingale of Contra Costa

West Contra Costa Adult Education

Lifeline Healthcare Consultants Inc.

  • 5709 Market St.
    Oakland, CA 94608
    Programs: CNA

Mt. Diablo Adult Education

  • 1266 San Carlos Ave.
    Concord, CA 94518
    Programs: CNA

Contra Costa ROP

Oakland Adult & Career Education

  • 2607 Myrtle St.
    Oakland, CA 94607
    Programs: CNA

California Nursing Academy

Quest Nursing Education Center

  • 2135 Broadway Street
    Oakland, CA 94612
    Programs: CNA

Oxman College

American Care Quest

City College of San Francisco

Arriba Juntos

Advanced Medical School of Nursing

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

Advanced Medical School of Nursing

Merritt College

Pittsburg Adult Education Center

California Nurses and Vocational Institute

Bay Area College of Nursing, Inc.

  • 6150 Mission St.; Ste-103
    Daly City, CA 94014
    Programs: CNA

Oikos University

  • 7850 Edgewater Dr.
    Oakland, CA 94621
    Programs: CNA

CPR For Life Training & Healthcare Education

  • 8105 Egdewater Dr Ste 290
    Oakland, CA 94621
    Programs: CNA

Centerpointe Learning Institute

Providence Vocational School

Preferred College of Nursing

  • 295 89th St.; Ste-205
    Daly City, CA 94015
    Programs: CNA

Nightingale Nursing

Josua Nursing School

  • 699 Serramonte Blvd.; #226
    Daly City, CA 94015
    Programs: CNA

Northern California Nursing Academy

  • 355 Gellert Blvd.; Ste-279
    Daly City, CA 94015
    Programs: CNA

NCP Career College

Davis Adult School

  • 315 West 14th St.
    Davis, CA 95616
    Programs: CNA

Pass Institute

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

VIP Nursing School, Inc.

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