CNA Training Programs in California

Are you already certified as a nurse aide (CNA)? If you completed a CNA training course and passed the nurse aide examination in your state, then you may use the title of certified nurse assistant. Even though the CNA educational and training requirements differ slightly from state to state, in many aspects they are very similar. The main difference usually lies in the number of program training hours required by a given state. Do you wish to relocate to California but are not sure how to transfer your nurse aide credentials to this state? There is a legal process by which one may transfer a CNA certificate to California.

The transfer process is called reciprocity and it allows you to obtain a California CNA license without having to complete another nurse aide training class or to challenge the nurse aide competency exam. Reciprocity applicants have a set of forms they need to fill out, which document that the applicant has completed a certified nursing assistant training program in their home state, has passed the certification examination, and is listed as active and in good standing on the CNA registry of their home state. All those seeking CNA certification in California must submit to a fingerprinting process as part of the background verification for health care workers. For a step by step guide to the nursing assistant reciprocity process see our detailed guide on CNA Certification Endorsement.

CNA Classes in San Diego County

Western Medical Training Center
1161 E. Main Street, Suite 205, El Cajon, CA 92021
Phone: (619) 588-0488

Chula Vista Adult School Nurse Aide Course
1034 4th Avenue, Chula Vista, California 91911
Phone: (619) 691-5760

Chula Vista Adult School - Fredericka
1034 4th Avenue, Chula Vista, California 91911
Phone: (619) 691-5760

Escondido Adult School
3750 Mary Lane, Escondido, California 92025
Phone: (760) 739-7300

Grossmont Health Occupations Center Nurse Aide Course - Santee
9368 Oakbourne Road, Santee, CA 92071
Phone: (619) 596-3690

Grossmont Health Occupations Center - Magnolia
9368 Oakbourne Road, Santee, CA 92071
Phone: (619) 596-3690

International Health Group Inc. - San Diego
7750 Dagget Street, Suite 101 B, San Diego, CA 92111
Phone: (858) 278-9800

Kaplan College - San Diego Campus
9055 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, California 92123
Phone: (858) 279-4500
Kaplan College also offers an evening CNA training class.

Kaplan College - Vista
2030 University Drive, Vista, California 92083
Phone: (619) 630-1555

Mira Costa College Nurse Aide Training Course - Oceanside
One Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056
Phone: (619) 757-2121

Poway School District Nursing Assistant Course
13230 Evening Creek Drive, Poway, CA 92064
Phone: (858) 679-2560

San Diego City Schools CNA Training Course - Hoover High School
2441 Cardinal Lane, San Diego, California 92123
Phone: (619) 496-8718

San Diego County Office of Education Nurse Aide Program - Sweetwater High School
1355 2nd Avenue, Chula Vista, San Diego, CA 91911
Phone: (619) 498-8826

San Diego Community College - Center City Campus
1400 Park Blvd., San Diego, California 92101
Phone: (619) 388-4600

San Diego Job Corps Center CNA Course - Imperial Beach
1325 Iris Avenue, Bldg. 60, Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Phone: (619) 429-8500

San Diego School District Nursing Assistant Course - Mira Mesa High School
10510 Reagan Road, San Diego, California 92126
Phone: (858) 496-8388

San Diego School District - Lincoln High School
2441 Cardinal Lane, San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (619) 496-8718

Southwestern College Nurse Aide Training Program - Chula Vista
900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, California 91910
Phone: (619) 421-6700

Vista Adult School CNA Program
305 Bobier Dr., Vista, California 92084
The CNA training class at Vista Adult School is closed or currently inactive.

CNA Training Programs in San Diego 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

Camille on July 21, 2009 at 08:08 PM
Hi, I just recently took the CNA exam in California and passed. I am moving to New Jersey. My question is how can I transfer my California CNA certificate to New Jersey? Can somebody help me? Thank you so much...

Admin on July 22, 2009 at 9:45 PM
To transfer your CNA certification from California to New Jersey you need to apply for reciprocity. Contact the Pearson Vue Customer Center by phone and tell them you want to apply for nurse aide reciprocity. A representative will walk you through all the steps you need to take and send you the required paperwork. Make sure you are ready to take notes when you call for information. A detailed guide on how to apply for reciprocity is also available on our website under CNA License Transfer.

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?

How long do nursing assistant classes take to complete?

After becoming a CNA how much more training does it take to become an RN?

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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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