Which Southern California Schools Offer CNA Programs?

Learn about CNA classes and programs in Southern California. Get information about programs available, admission procedures and training options to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Southern California has several options for gaining the education needed to become a CNA. Preview the training programs available at the two institutions listed below.

What You Need to Know

Certified nursing assistant (CNA) training programs in Southern California can be completed in 2-4 months. Common prerequisites include previous related education (such as caregiver, first aid or CPR training), and admission requirements may include a physical, a background check, and an interview. CNA programs consist of classroom learning and hands-on practice, and they typically prepare graduates to sit for the required state certification exam. Read on to see if this kind of program is right for you.

Southern California Schools Offering CNA Training Programs

Hacienda La Puente Adult Education

Hacienda La Puente Adult Education offers several short-term health career programs, including a nurse assistant program, at its Willow Center campus. This program offers day and evening classes that include instruction in basic and emergency care, rehabilitation and nutrition for residents of long-term care facilities or hospitals. Upon completion of the program, you'll be qualified to sit for the state competency exam. This school also offers continuing education courses for CNAs.

  • Program Name: Nurse Assistant - CNA
  • Program Length: 16 weeks, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,260 for the full program (2016)
  • Prerequisites: Must have completed and received certification from the school's caregiver course; ability to speak, read and write English
  • Admission Requirements: Proof of physical exam, TB test and drug screening; oral and written interview
  • School Type: Less than 2-year, public; 4,273 students (all undergraduate)

MiraCosta College

The certified nursing assistant program at MiraCosta College meets requirements set by the California Department of Health Services, while preparing you to take the state competency exam and seek employment as a CNA. The nursing assistant program is offered as an accelerated 8-week program during a school semester or a 6-week program during the summer. You'll attend classes 23 hours per week during the semester or 32 hours per week in the summer. The curriculum consists of 79 hours of classroom instruction and 105 hours of clinical education.

  • Program Name: Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Program Length: 6-8 weeks, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $600 for the full program (2016)
  • Admission Requirements: English class or passing score on the English assessment test; American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers certification with AED certification; proof of physical examination and TB test; valid Social Security card
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 14,687 students (all undergraduate)

Hacienda La Puente Adult Education and MiraCosta College are two schools that provide nurse assistant programs in the Southern California area.

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