Nursing Assistant Course

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) are health care professionals who care for patients who are ill or need assistance patients in meeting their daily needs. Job responsibilities of the CNA include but are not limited to bathing, dressing, ambulatory care, running errands, performing light housekeeping, feeding assistance, recording fluid input and output, taking patient vitals, stocking medical supplies and emptying catheter bags. CNAs work directly under the supervision of a licensed nurse.

CNAs work in a variety of health care settings such as Skilled Nursing Facilities, Rehabilitation Centers, Hospitals, Adult Day health centers, Emergency Departments, and other facilities. The CNA job is an entry level position that can jump start your career into the nursing and medical field. A CNA typically makes $14-$21/hr depending on the geographical location, years of experience, employer and organization size.

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Career Opportunities
A Certified Nursing Assistant may consider pursuing a career in nursing and other medical fields. This gives the CNA an advantage to other students because of the hands on clinical experience they have. Specific related career opportunities may include licensed vocational nursing, registered nursing, nurse practitioner, physical therapist, physician, physicians assistant, and radiologist.


Quest Nursing Education Center is approved by the California Department of Public Health Licensing and Certification program (L&C), Aide and Technician Certification Section (ATCS) Services, to offer a nursing assistant program. The program is a 4-6 week program designed to prepare individuals to become safe and competent Nursing Assistants and be eligible for certification by the California Department of Public Health as Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) , qualified to work in a variety of health-care facilities.

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The program consists of 100 hours of clinical time and 50 hours of classroom time. Upon completion of the nursing assistant program, the student will be eligible to take a proficiency examination. After completion of the program, a pass on the proficiency exam, and a cleared background check, certification is granted by the California Department of Public Health Licensing and Certification program (L&C), Aide and Technician Certification Section (ATCS).


  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must be legally able to work in the United States
  • Successful pass a physical health exam and an intradermal PPD skin test for tuberculosis (or chest x-ray as appropriate).
  • Successfully pass a Criminal Screening Background Test.



The Nursing Assistant Course is designed to provide the student with nursing theory, laboratory and clinical experience necessary to work as a CNA in a variety of health care settings. Classroom simulation will be utilized to reinforce clinical training.

Competencies for the CNA in Theory include instruction in the following areas:

Patient’s Rights
Interpersonal Skills
Prevention Management of Catastrophe and Unusual Occurrence
Body Mechanics
Medical and Surgical Asepsis
Weights and Measures
Patient Care Skills
Patient Care Procedures
Vital Signs
Emergency Procedures
Long-Term Care Patient
Rehabilitative Nursing
Observation and Charting
Death and Dying

Competencies for the CNA in Clinical include instruction in the following areas:

Resident Rights
Safety Restraints/Side Rails
Catastrophe/Unusual Occurrence
Body Mechanics – transferring, hoyer lift, ambulation, position techniques
Universal precautions, preventing infection
Weight and Measures – measuring intake and output
Resident Care Skills – bathing, dressing, oral hygiene, hair care, incontinency and skin care, bedpan, urinal, commode
Resident Care Procedures – collection of specimens, catheter, oxygen, bed making, enemas and suppositories, admissions, transfers, discharges, topical ointment application, non-sterile dressings
Vital Signs
Nutrition – feeding techniques
Emergency Procedures
Rehabilitative Nursing – adaptive equipment, motivation/ADL’s, resident/family interaction, ambulation, range of motion
Observation and Charting – reporting responsibility, resident care plans