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Certified Nursing Assistant

Program Description

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, as part of the Allied Health department​, 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, 160-180 hour course, including lecture and clinical practice, which prepares students to take the State of California Certification Examination​ as a Certified Nursing Assistant. CNA job opportunities are widely available in acute care hospitals and skilled care nursing. 

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


The CNA program is full and no longer taking applications for the fall 2024 cohort.  Please check back on October 1, 2024 to apply for our spring 2025 cohort.  Thank you.


Dates and Deadlines 

Term Application Period and Deadline Acceptance Packet Deadline


May 1 - May 31 July 15

October 1 - October 31

December 15


Please submit documents to Nursing and Allied Health on the Student Support Hub under Certified Nursing Assistant Document. Only applications submitted during the application period will be reviewed.



  1. Once you click on the Submit Nursing and Allied Health Documents Here, you will be take to the submission page. 
  2. Please enter your personal information then scroll down to select your program from the list.  When you click on your program it will expand with options for uploading. 
  3. Please choose the type of document or leave it blank.  Then click the attachments button to upload your documents. 
  4. Once your documents are attached scroll down to the bottom of the page and click submit in the bottom left. 

NOTE:  You are responsible to submit to the correct department.  If you submit to the wrong department we are unable to retrieve your documents and they are considered as not submitted.

For assistance with any part of the submission process please visit our Welcome Center

NOTE: The Student Health Center is able to help our Nursing & Allied Health students with appointment for Physical Exams (including immunization review or order lab work), TB test, and Drug Screening. Feel free to contact them for more information regarding Student Services they provide via email or call (951) 465-8371.

Program Requirements - to be completed upon acceptance to the program

       Program requirements found in the acceptance packet include the following
1. CNA Preregistration Application
2. American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider Certification (CPR Card)
3.. Proof of negative TB – 2 Step-Mantoux Skin Test or TB quantiFERON Gold 
4. COVID-19 Vaccine - recommended, no longer required
5. Physical exam (MSJC form only)
6. CNA Initial Application
7. Live Scan (Background Check)
8. Drug Screening 
Not required but highly recommended:
1. Hep B Vaccine
2. Flu Vaccine 
Contact by phone 951-639-5577 or email if you have any questions


Program Enrollment Process

1. Must have an MSJC student ID number. Apply for admissions here.

2. Download Pre-registration Application Packet and fill it out.

3. Please scan all documents as one file and submit to the "Submit Documents Here" button.  Note: You can use your phone if you do not have access to a scanner. Use the free application Adobe Scan and save the document as a PDF.

Clinical Sites

  • Hemet Hills Post Acute
  • San Jacinto Post Acute
  • Temecula Healthcare 


Program Learning Outcomes


Home Health Aide

We are currently accepting MSJC CNA students who are interested in pursuing a Home Health Aide Certificate for Spring 2023.

1. Download Pre-registration Application Packet and fill out ​​during the Home Health Aide Application Filing Period.  The updated and current application will always be available at the beginning of the current application period.

2. Submit documents via the Submit Documents Here link at the top of the page. Upload under the category "Certified Nursing Assistant Documents"

3. Once your application is accepted you will receive correspondence from the department to your personal and/or student email account with the acceptance packet.


Contact by phone 951-639-5577 or email if you have any questions.