Career Technical Education

Certified Nursing Assistant

A certified nursing assistant (CNA), also known as a nurse aide, takes care of patients' basic needs, including bathing and feeding, and provides support to other medical professionals. With an aging population and increased patient care requirements, Nursing Assistants are in high demand, with far more job openings than employees to fill them. The CNA program combines 60 hours of classroom instruction with over 100 hours of clinical practice.  This program meets state licensing requirements and prepares students for the state certification exam. 


Students can earn a state recognized career certificate in Nursing Assistant (CNA) by participating in over 160 hours of instruction and by passing the state Nursing Assistant exam through the American Red Cross. The program takes 5 weeks to complete at 40 hours per week. *Nursing Assistant certification requires 100 hours of clinical “hands on” instruction and demonstration which cannot be performed in a virtual format. The program is housed at Courtyard Healthcare Center (1850 E. 8th St) through an MOU between DJUSD and Covenant Healthcare. The program will continue to run in person at the facility with all safety precautions specified for skilled nursing facilities being followed including the use of PPE, daily temperature checks, and regular testing for Covid 19 for both staff and students.

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CNA Students