Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

about Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

There is an incredibly high demand for CNAs

COA’s NO-COST/Noncredit Certified Nursing Assistant program will prepare you for the state certification exam and will help establish skills for successful work in an inpatient hospital setting, but more commonly in long-term residential facilities, rehabilitation centers, and adult day care centers. Some individuals will use their knowledge as a CNA to bridge the gap to further their career and become an LPN or RN. A large number of CNAs are already in a nursing school program and use this career as a chance to learn more about the healthcare world and gain additional real world application and knowledge. Others become a CNA in order to determine if they want to continue to the next step in their healthcare journey.

California CNA Certification Requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Successfully complete an approved CNA training program
  • Obtain a criminal record clearance

Admissions Process

This is a noncredit program and will require mandatory orientation. As a condition of program acceptance, you will be required to successfully submit to drug testing, Tuberculosis (TB) test. Students will be required to pass a criminal background check by the California Department of Justice (DOJ).

ATTENTION: Due to the high volume response, we are closing registration for the spring 2021 semester. We will continue to update the website as we determine future orientations and training dates. Please complete the interest form so you can receive an invitation to future orientations, dates to be determined.
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2021-2022 Catalog

Course Descriptions and Program Requirements

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What you will learn:

    • Patient Rights
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Prevention & Catastrophe & Unusual Occurrences
    • Body Mechanics
    • Medical and Surgical Asepsis; Infection Control
    • 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
    • Abuse

What can I do with a degree in Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

CNA training is a Noncredit program. Training will provide you with the necessary skills to successfully pass the State Certification Exam.


Genevieve Dace Instructor, CNA Program