Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

CNA California

In the State of California, they follow a set of guidelines or ‘rules’, as set out in the OBRA 1987 mandate. The guidelines are there to try and ensure that CNA (Certified Nursing Assistants) employees administer a certain quality of care whilst doing their jobs in long term care facilities. Laws have been put in place by the state to help benefit not only the residents and patients of care facilities, but for the CNA’s themselves. The Department Of Health Services Office is responsible for maintaining, monitoring and approving all suitably qualified CNA’s.

In California, several LTC Facilities (Long Term Care Facilities) offer a large range of job opportunities for CNA’s who wish to experience life and a career in the medical industry.

Here’s a list of requirements you’ll need, to work as a CNA in the State of California:

  • You’ll need to have passed both the written and skills sections of the state CNA Exam
  • You will need to be mentally and physically fit.
  • You must have a good record of employment.
  • Your CNA Certification must be ‘active’

Average Salary for a CNA in California:

  • Average salaries are between $19,000 to $36,000 per annum
  • Average hourly rate is typically $8 to $10 dollars per hour. (depending on experience)
California CNA Training Program Criteria:
CNA Training Programs in California must contain at least 150 hours of training, which consist of both classroom instruction and clinical instruction. Other state approved cna programs may slightly differ when it comes to the number of hours in classroom and practical training.

Already an approved CNA? Apply for Reciprocity:

If you are already an approved CNA, and you move to California from another State, you must have an active CNA certificate and a good record of employment. If you have these, then you may qualify for CNA certification in California without having to re-take the CNA training evaluation. To be fully qualified to work as a CNA, you’ll need to submit the required documents.

California State Contact Information for CNA Certifications:

For more detailed information, you may contact the CA Nurse Aide Registry at:

CA Nurse Aide Registry
CNA/HHA/CHT Certification Unit
Licensing and Certification Division
1615 Capitol Avenue, MS 3301
P.O. Box 997416
Sacramento, CA 95899-7416
Phone #: 916-327-2445
Fax #: 916-552-8785

Looking for a State Approved CNA training class in California?

One of the essential pre-requisites of a CNA is to be trained in a state-approved training program. You’ll find a few listed below:

Allan Hancock College

800 South College Drive
Santa Maria, CA 93454-6399
Phone #: (805) 922-6966 ext. 3384 and 3541 (Nursing-CNA Program)
Fax #: (805) 922-1403

Cost is $312 ($26/unit) other fees are not included
12 units in one semester

American River College

4700 College Oak Drive
Sacramento, CA 95841-4217
Phone #: (916) 484-8011

  • Tuition for:
  • Resident is $156 ($26/unit)
  • Non-resident is $1296 ($216/unit)
  • International is $1404 ($234/unit)
  • Other fees are not included
  • Six (6) unit per semester, 63 hours for theory and 135 hours for clinical instructions

Antelope Valley College

Main Campus
3041 West Avenue K

Lancaster CA 93536

Palmdale Campus
1529 E. Palmdale Blvd

Palmdale CA
Phone #: 661-722-6300 ext. 6402

  • Tuition for:
  • CA Resident is $130 ($26/unit)
  • Non-resident is $305 (additional $175)
  • Other fees are not included
  • Five (5) units per semester and 50 hours for classroom instruction and 112 hours for clinical training

Los Angeles Harbor College

1111 Figueroa Place
Wilmington, CA 90744
CNA Program Coordinator: (310) 233-4360
Application/Information: (310) 233-4447
Admission: (310) 233 – 4090
Fax #: (310) 233 – 4662

  • Estimated cost is $556 these includes:
  • Course fee
  • Student Health Fee
  • Associated Student Organization Fee
  • Student Representative Fee
  • Uniform
  • White Nursing Shoes
  • CPR course
  • Malpractice Insurance
  • Fingerprint Processing
  • Application Fees to state
  • State Exam
  • CNA Textbook
  • CNA Module
  • Five (5) units per semester

Preferred College of Nursing

Preferred College of Nursing, Bakersfield
1415 18th Street #205

Bakersfield, CA 93301

Preferred College of Nursing, W. Covina
421 S. Glendora Ave., Suite 101

West Covina, CA 91790
Bakersfield: (661) 324 – 2509; (661) 324 – 2677
West Covina: (626) 917 – 0111

One semester class only

Palo Verde College

One College Drive
Blyth, California 92225
Phone #: 760-921-5500
Phone #: 760-921-5504 (Nursing and faculty secretary)

One semester class


4 Responses to “CNA California”
  1. Jerald Lynn says:

    I am interested in opening a CNA program in my neighborhood.
    Please send the appropriate materials to my address for review and to initiate the beginning process:

    Jerald Lynn
    6840 Johnson Ave
    Long Beach, CA 90805

    Thank you.

    • Eraida Yurtola says:

      I am interested in opening a CNA program in my neighborhood.
      Please send the appropriate materials to my address for review and to initiate the beginning process.

  2. Nancy says:

    they should have a CNA class in Palmdale ca

  3. Helenita M. Schmied says:

    I am interested in opening a CNA program in my neighborhood. Please send the appropriate materials yo my address for review and to initiate the beginning process.

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