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CNA Information Of California

April 10, 2011 by  
Filed under California

The State of California follows a set of guidelines, as mandated by OBRA 1987, to ensure the quality of care that CNAs render while doing their jobs in long-term facilities. Laws are implemented throughout the state for the benefit of the resident or patient as well as for the CNAs. The Department of Health Services Office is responsible for approving, maintaining, and monitoring qualified CNAs. In California, many Long Term Care (LTC) facilities offer a wide range of work opportunities for CNAs who would like to experience life in the medical industry.

Requirements to work as a CNA in California

  • Pass both the written and skills portions of the CNA State Exam
  • Physical and mental efficiency in performing the job
  • A good employment record
  • Has an active CNA certification


Salary Average for Certified Nursing Assistant in California

  • Between $19,991 – $35,647
  • Typically $8.66 – $10.87 per hour (hourly rate will increase, based on experience)


Training program criteria in California

California CNA programs must consist of at least 150 training hours (both classroom and clinical instruction). Some state-approved training programs may differ when it comes to number of hours in classroom settings and practical training.

Applying for Reciprocity in California

If an approved CNA moves to California from their home state, they must have an active CNA certification and good employment record. With this, you may qualify for certification in California without taking the CNA training evaluation. Then, to be fully qualified to work in California, you will need to submit the required documents.

State Contact Information for CNA Certifications

For more detailed information, you may contact them 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

List of State-Approved Training Programs:

One of the most important requirements to become CNA is to be trained in state-approved training programs. Below are a few training programs in the state of California.

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