Certified Nursing Assistant

Program Purpose: Students who complete the Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) course will develop the necessary knowledge and skills essential to the function of certified nurse assistants in the direct care of clients in a variety of settings. Students will be able to utilize effective skills related to such topics as patient rights, interpersonal skills, safety, asepsis, clinical skills, nutrition, rehabilitation, documentation, and death and dying.

Program Description: Upon successful completion of both the written and practical examinations, students will be eligible to take the certification exam from the California Department of Public Health. Certified nurse assistants may find employment opportunities in acute, long term care, and home health agencies. A Certified Nurse Assistant certificate is a required prerequisite for entrance into the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program was established to prepare students for certification and practice as nursing assistants. This is a vocational program leading to preparation for state certification testing. The program is a prerequisite for students entering the Ventura College nursing program and other health care programs in the county.

Area Dean: Dr. Kathleen Schrader
Phone: (805) 289-6269
Office: MCW-313

Administrative Assistant: Tammy Wilson
Phone: (805) 289-6276
Location: MCW, Third Floor

Department Chair: Debbie Newcomb
Phone: (805) 289-6268
Office: MCW-308

Coordinator: Sandy Melton
Phone: (805) 289-6171
Location: HSC Bldg. (1st Floor)