What certification will I receive after completing the program?
The Nursing Assistant program is approved by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and meets all requirements for completers to qualify to take the state certification exam required to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
What will I learn in this program?
The course provides entry-level training leading to State of California certification as a certified nurse assistant/home health aide. Provides instruction in basic patient care and clinical experiences in skilled care, sub-acute, and/or acute care settings.
Through a combination of classroom and clinical experiences, students will:
- Complete 14 modules which will prepare them to take the State of California CNA Certification Test. Modules include: Introduction; Patients’ Right; Interpersonal Skills; Prevention and Management of Catastrophe; Body Mechanics; Medical and Surgical Asepsis; Weights and Measures; Patient Care Skills; Patient Care Procedures; Vital Signs; Nutrition; Emergency Procedures; Long – Term Care Patient ; Rehabilitative Nursing; Observation and Charting; Death and Dying.
- Identify basic needs of the patient to maintain wellness.
- Understand and identify verbal and nonverbal communication.
- List legal and ethical implications in patient care.
- Report and record all patient contacts in an accurate and timely manner.
- List tasks specific to a patient’s individual needs.
- Demonstrate knowledge in the principles of patient confidentiality, medical asepsis and safety.
- Demonstrate respect , tolerance and acceptance for the individual difference
- Demonstrate awareness of ongoing learning opportunities
- Pass the certification exam to become CNAs.
- Support the diversity and contributions of others; demonstrate tolerance for differences in opinion, perception
- Demonstrate interest in ongoing learning opportunities; seek resources and opportunities for lifelong learning.
What are the requirements to take this course?
- Be 18 or older
- Attend a mandatory orientation either in person or by Zoom
- Proof of required immunizations (list will be provided at registration)
Please check the program guide to for the most current list of requirements.
When is the program offered?
We offer 5 nursing assistant courses with various schedules each semester. These schedules are subject to change, but in general we offer:
- Monday - Thursday, 7:30 am - 2:00 pm (3 months)
- Monday - Thursday, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm (5 months)
- Monday/Tuesday, 7:30 am - 3:30 pm (5 months)
- Monday, Wednesday 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm AND Friday 7:30 am - 4 pm (5 months)
Students will have the opportunity to complete clinical hours in a local care facility as part of the required coursework unless CDPH specifies otherwise based on pandemic conditions.
Please check the program guide to for the most current schedule.
How much does the program cost?
The program registration fee for the 21-22 school year is $550 and is due in full at the time of registration.
Are there any additional costs associated with the program?
Yes. All students will need to complete an American Heart Association (AHA) approved Basic Life Support course. We offer the course at the beginning of each semester for $55. Additional fees that need to be considered average approximately $350 and may include:
- Background check
- State Testing fees
Is financial aid or tuition assistance available?
Tuition assistance may be available to those that qualify through the East County Career Center (ECCC). Contact ECCC
for more information.
What is the refund policy?
Students have until the last day of the second week of class to request a refund for the registration fee minus a $25 processing fee.
Prices subject to change. Please check the program guide to for the most current cost.
What is the job outlook?
According to the California Economic Development Department, employment opportunities for Nursing Assistants are predicted to increase by 15.4% or 15,800 jobs between 2016 and 2026. Explore the links below for more information about the labor market for Nursing Assistants.
Thomas Phillips, LVN
Thomas Phillips has been an instructor for the HOC Nursing Assistant program since 2015. He holds a Designated Subjects Teaching Credential to teach Career Technical Education courses in California. Thomas worked iin the field as a nurse for over 5 years.
Christine Vinson, LVN
Christine Vinson has been an instructor for the HOC LVN and Nursing Assistant program since 2015. She holds a Designated Subjects Teaching Credential to teach Career Technical Education courses in California. Christine worked iin the field as a nurse for over 5 years.
Ronaele Blanks, LVN
Ronalae Blanks has been an instructor for the HOC LVN and Nursing Assistant program since 2015. She holds a Designated Subjects Teaching Credential to teach Career Technical Education courses in California. Ronalae worked iin the field as a nurse for over 5 years.
Where is training for the program completed?
Skills lab work for the Nurinsg Assistant program are performed in one of our two nursing assistant training labs located at the Health Occupations Center in Santee. Each 5-7 patient rooms, training manikins, wheelchairs, and all of the equipment required to be trained successfully as a nursing assistant. As a bonus, the Regional Testing Center
conducts state testing to certify nursing assistants uses our facility to conduct their testing for HOC and other local training program students. This means that you will be testing in the same environment that you have trained.
I'm interested! What are my next steps?
The Nursing Assistant program accepts students twice a year through an orientation and application process. Check the Program Guide for the next class start date. If you would like to pursue a career as a Nursing Assistant click the How to Get Started button or visit the How to Get Started
page for the orientation video and application process.