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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

​Program Description

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is a full-term class that provides interested students the opportunity to experience the field of nursing, and decide if this career might be for them, without making a long term commitment. The CNA Program currently accommodates 30 students each semester.

This is a one semester, 200 hour course, including lecture and clinical practice, which prepares students to take the State of California Certification Examination as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Certified Home Health Aide. CNA job opportunities are widely available in acute care hospitals, skilled care nursing and assisted living facilities, as well as home care.

Enrollment in the CNA course also includes enrollment in the HHA (Home Health Aid) training, which is a specified component of the CNA program. HHA prepares the CNA to work in the Home Health setting.

CNA certification is an excellent preparation for students desiring to pursue a VN or RN license.   

​Program Requirements

For all information related to the application process for entry into the MSJC Certified Nursing Assistant program, please attend one of the public workshops below:

Menifee Valley Campus/Building 800 
Thursday February 4, 2016
​11:00am - 12:00pm ​Room 805
Thursday March 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 805
Thursday April 7, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 805
For complete information about these workshops, a downloadable file is available here.

American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR (level "C"), Department of Justice fingerprint clearance (LiveScan through MSJC form only), Immunizations, proof of negative TB test, and Physician Certificate of adequate physical health (MSJC form only).

Course Enrollment Process

  The Process for Enrolling in the CNA Classes is Changing!
  1. Must have an MSJC student ID number.  Apply for admissions here.
  2. Obtain a CNA application for admission and attend a mandatory CNA Information Workshop.
  3. Current Standard: Students must complete ENGL 062 or higher. Verification can be provided by submitting an unofficial transcript or Assessment Scores.
  4. Students must have a registration date from Enrollment Services and cannot register until their assigned date. 

The application for Fall 2016 classes can be downloaded here.

CNA Application Filing Period

Fall: May 1st-May 15th

Spring: September 1st-15th

View flyer for more information. CNA Application Flyer.pdf

​Program Learning Outcomes

  • Prepare to successfully pass the State of California Department of Health N.N.A.A.P. exam
  • Demonstrate the fundamental nursing skills instructed in the state approved nursing assistant training program with 100% accuracy
  • Qualify to be employed as a nursing assistant and/or home health aide 
 If you have any questions regarding the Certified Nursing Assistant / Home Health Aide Program, please contact us.