Approved CNA Training Programs in California

Nursing Assistant certification in the state of California is overseen by the California Department of Public Health’s Aide and Technician Certification Section (ATCS), CNA/HHA/CHT Certification Unit. The ATCS approves nursing assistant training programs offered through facilities, colleges, adult education programs and occupational training centers. Make sure you attend a program that has been ATCS approved so that you will be eligible for certification by exam through an ATCS approved testing center once you have successfully completed a nursing assistant program. You will find a list of ATCS approved nursing assistant programs below.

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The ATCS approved CNA programs are required to have 50 hours of in-class nursing assistant theory related courses and 100 hours of clinical training. The CNA classes and clinical training will cover all relevant topics necessary to perform the duties of a certified nursing assistant including utilizing proper infection control standards, basic patient care training, medical terminology, taking vital signs, preparing simple dressing, and overall patient hygiene and other related training. CNA programs will cost anywhere from $600 to over $1000 for everything including uniforms, tuition, books, etc.

Free CNA training can be found at many facilities throughout California, however, these programs often require the student to be an employee and sign on to work for a predetermined period of time following successful completion of the nursing assistant program and CNA certification exam.

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Get started researching CNA programs by requesting information from the schools below. You may also be interested in Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) programs in California or even Medical Assistant Programs in CA.

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Approved Nursing Assistant Programs Offered at Colleges in California

Allan Hancock College
800 South College Drive
Santa Maria, California 93454
PH: 805-922-6966
American River College
4700 College Oak Drive
Sacramento, California 95841
PH: 916-484-8011
Antelope Valley College
3041 West Avenue K
Lancaster, California 93536-5426
PH: 661-722-6300
Copper Mountain Community College District
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
PH: 760-366-3791
American Red Cross – Inglewood
610 N Eucalyptus Ave
Inglewood, CA 90302

PH: 213-739-5287
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA 91401

PH: 818-947-2600
Casa Loma College
6850 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91405
PH: 800-270-5052
Technical School, INC.
2300 W Olympic Blvd – Ste 102
Los Angeles, CA 90006
PH: 213-386-2879
Casa Loma College
12540 S. Crenshaw Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
PH: 310-220-3111
Nursing Learning Center
2632 E 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
PH: 562-987-3651
Central Nursing College
3550 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
PH: 213-384-4789
St. Francis Career College
26000 Altamont Road
Los Altos, CA 94022
PH: 650-917-4500
Preferred College of Nursing
6551 Van Nuys Blvd. Ste 200
Van Nuys, CA 94101
PH: 818-902-3708
American Red Cross – Los Angeles
5051 East 3Rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90022
PH: 323-780-7660
Career Development Institute
1830 So. Robertson Blvd, Ste 201
Los Angeles, CA 90035
PH: 310-559-0225
Computer Institute of Technology
11631 Victory Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91606
PH: 818-980-0415
B & R Nursing School
10752 Burbank Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
PH: 818-762-7095
Los Angeles Harbor College
1111 Figueroa Place
Wilmington, CA 90744
PH: 310-233-4000
Mt San Antonio College
1100 N Grand Ave – Bldg 30
Walnut, CA 91789
PH: 909-594-5611
C S U, Long Beach Foundation/Cvt
1250 Bellflower Bl. Hsd-Rm 117
Long Beach, CA 90840
PH: 562-985-4698

Concorde Career College
12951 Euclid St., Ste. 101
Garden Grove, CA 92840
PH: 714-635-3450
Palo Verde College
One College Drive
Blythe, CA 92225
PH: 760-921-5500
West Coast Ultrasound Institute
291 S La Cienega – Ste 500
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
PH: 310-289-5123
Walter Jay M.D. Institute
1930 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 700
Los Angeles, CA 90057
PH: 213-353-0722

(Source: California Employment Development Department)

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