CNA Training Programs in California

Are you currently enrolled in a nurse aide training program in a state other than California, but would like to relocate and work as a nursing assistant in California? What steps do you need to follow so that your nurse aide training is recognized in California? The first thing you need to do is complete the CNA training course in your home state. When your nurse assistant training is completed, the following documents must be sent to the Aide and Technician Certification Section of the California Department of Public Health Licensing and Certification Program (ATCS): the school or facility where you received training must send an original and official transcript or letter showing that you successfully graduated from the program; you must send a filled out copy of the fingerprinting (BCII 8016) form as well as the completed nurse assistant initial application form. There is no need to challenge the CNA state exam in your home state.

Once the California Aide and Technician Certification Section (ATCS) receives all the above documents and deems you eligible, you are allowed to challenge the CNA exam in California. This whole process is known as equivalency, and it recognizes the training received by a nurse aide in a state other than California. The steps are required for those who are not yet certified nursing assistants in their home state. If you have successfully passed the CNA exam in your home state then equivalency does not apply to you. An individual who has completed a CNA program and passed the certification test in their home state must apply for reciprocity when moving to California.

CNA Classes in Los Angeles County

Healthcare Education and Advancement Center - La Crescenta
3043 Foothill Blvd., Suite 6 A, La Crescenta, California 91214
Phone: (818) 249-5094

Infotech Career College CNA Course - Bellflower
16900 Lakewood Blvd., Suite 209, Bellflower, CA 90706
Phone: (562) 804-1239
Infotech Career College also offers evening and weekend nursing assistant programs.

Jefferson Community Adult School - Los Angeles
1319 East 41 Street, Los Angeles, California 90011
Phone: (323) 231-1166

Jordan Locke Community Adult Education CNA Program - Los Angeles
325 East 111th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90061
Phone: (323) 757-8296

Joseph's School of Nursing - Lancaster
816 West Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, California 93536
Phone: (661) 492-1871

L.A. Vocational Institute - Los Angeles
3540 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 410, Los Angeles, California 90010
Phone: (213) 480-4882

Long Beach City College Nurse Aide Training
4901 East Carson, Long Beach, CA 90808
Phone: (562) 938-4101

Long Beach Unified School District CNA Training Course
1600 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, California 90813
Phone: (562) 599-1520
Long Beach Unified School District also offers a 18-week CNA training program.

Long Beach Unified School District Nurse Training Program
3701-B Willow Street, Long Beach, CA 90815
Phone: (562) 426-6846
Long Beach Unified School District also offers a 6-week nurse aide training class.

Los Angeles City College
‎ 855 North Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029
Phone: (323) 953-4000

Los Angeles Community Adult Education C.N.A. Class
4650 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90019
Phone: (213) 931-1026

Los Angeles Harbor Colleges Nurse Aide Course
1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington, CA 90274
Phone: (310) 522-8341

Los Angeles Job Corps
1106 South Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: (213) 748-0135

Los Angeles Technology Center CNA Training Program
3721 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018
Phone: (323) 732-0153

Los Angeles Trade Technical College
400 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: (213) 744-9450

Lynwood Unified School District Nurse Aide Program
12124 Bullis Road, Lynwood, CA 90262
Phone: (310) 631-6550

Lynwood Adult School Nurse Assistant Program
12124 Bullis Road, Lynwood, California 90262
Phone: (310) 604-1786
Lynwood Adult School also offers a morning nursing assistant training class.

Manual Arts Crenshaw Educational and Career Center - Los Angeles
4131 South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Phone: (323) 846-3000

Marian Health Careers Center CNA Course - Los Angeles
3325 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1010, Los Angeles, California 90010
Phone: (213) 388-3566

Maxine Waters Employment - Los Angeles
10925 South Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90059
Phone: (323) 564-1431

Medical Allied Career Center, Inc. - Santa Fe Springs
12631 East Imperial Hwy., Bldg. D, Santa Fe Springs, California 90670
Phone: (562) 807-2420

CNA Classes in Los Angeles County, California

Nursing assistant programs prepare individuals for challenging the nurse aide certification exam and for entry level positions in health care environments. Each state has the authority to decide how many hours of training a nursing assistant course must consist of, as long as the minimum federal requirement of seventy-five hours is met. Students interested in attending CNA classes have a wide array of choices when it comes to selecting a training facility.

Nursing assistant courses are conducted at nursing homes, vocational schools, private schools, and community colleges. Program length, admission requirements, and cost of training vary depending on the policies of every training facility. Several states have implemented legislation which requires licensed long-term care facilities to reimburse CNA employees for the costs associated with training. An individual who has paid for nursing assistant training classes and who becomes employed by a nursing home within a year of obtaining certification, is eligible for financial reimbursement. Compared to other training programs in the health care field, nursing assistant classes are relatively short and inexpensive. Obtaining state certification as a CNA is the main requirement for securing a nurse aide job at a nursing home, hospital, rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility.

Nurse Aide Training Programs in California

California Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program Providers
Please select a California region from the maps below to find nurse aide training and competency evaluation program providers in your area.

CNA Programs in Northern California. CNA Programs in Southern California.

Select a county on the maps above or a county name from the list below to see a list of nurse aide training and competency evaluation program providers in your area.

CNA Training Schools and Programs

CNA classes, schools and programs by state.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Cela M. on July 18, 2014 at 05:07 PM
I have a CNA certificate for Arkansas and I was wondering if or how I could use it if I was to move to California. Can I transfer my CNA license to California?

Admin on July 22, 2014 at 06:07 AM
You need to apply for reciprocity in California before you are eligible to work as a certified nursing assistant in this new state. Reciprocity is the process of transferring your nurse aide credentials from Arkansas to California or any other state you may choose. You may want to read the CNA license transfer guide available on this website to help you get started with the reciprocity process here: CNA Certification Transfer.

Can I take the the CNA exam in California without CNA training if I am a nursing student?

How can I transfer my California nursing assistant license to New Jersey?

Can you tell me what the total cost of school would be and if grants are available for the CNA training course at Advanced Pro Nursing Institute in Hayward, California?

How can I verify if my California CNA certification is still valid?

Can I enroll in a CNA class without a high school diploma or GED?

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CNA Training Requirements

There is a wide disparity between CNA training requirements among the states. The difference lies in the mandatory number of total training hours necessary to complete state-approved CNA classes.

While according to federal law each nursing assistant course should contain a minimum of seventy-five (75) instruction and clinical hours, individual states have the liberty to mandate extra training requirements for certified nursing assistants. The majority of states exceed the threshold federal minimum requirements for nurse aide training programs because they are considered insufficient to result in an optimal and safe level of care for clients.

A review of nationwide state requirements for nurse assistant courses has found that the following states have mandated highest number of CNA program hours: Maine with a minimum of 90 hours of theory, 20 hours of laboratory skills and 70 hours of clinical instruction for a total of 180 hours; California with one hundred and sixty (160) training hours; Delaware and Oregon each requiring one hundred and fifty (150) hours; followed by the state of Alaska with one hundred and forty (140) hours; Virginia, Arizona, and West Virginia have a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) training hours for state-approved classes.

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