Application Process

How to Apply for the CNA Program


Step 1: Enroll in Ventura College

Step 2: Submit Application for CNA Program

  • Fall Semester - April 3- May 23
  • Submit the following, in person, to the Health Sciences Office (HSC-111) during regular business hours (M-F from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
    • Completed Ventura College Certified Nursing Assistant Program Application
    • Completed California State Form 283B Certified Nurse Assistant (Note: Leave Section IV blank)
  • Applications are available on the Ventura College Website at Certified Nursing Assistant Application or you may pick one up at the Health Science Center Office (HSC-111).
Notice: The acceptance of your application and Form 283B does not guarantee you a seat in a CNA class. A conditional acceptance will be granted once you have completed all of the following steps except for the physical examination and the TB tests, which must be done no earlier than 90 days prior to the start of clinical. With conditional acceptance, you will receive an email that you are cleared to register. Registering in a class still does not guarantee you a seat. If all steps are not completed one week before classes begin, you will be dropped from the class and your seat will be given to someone on the waitlist who has all of their requirements completed.

Step 3: Immunization Requirements and Health Forms Packet (cost varies)

  • The Health Forms packet is available to pick one up at the Health Science Center Office (HSC-111).
Important: The physical examination & TB tests required in your packet must be done no earlier than 90 days prior to the start of clinical (no earlier than May 30 for the fall semester and October 23 for the spring semester). 
  • Make an appointment with your Healthcare Provider or Ventura College Student Health to complete the Health Forms. Bring any immunization documentation you may have to your appointment. 
  • Immunization and Health Requirements:
    • ​Requirements that cannot be completed before 90 days prior to the start of clinical
      • Proof of a current physical examination documenting general good health
      • Proof of a negative two-step tuberculosis screening test. If skin test is a positive, a negative QuantiFERON blood test or negative chest x- ray and a Systems Review Form are required. TB certification cannot expire during the semester of enrollment. IMPORTANT:  The TB skin test must be done no earlier than 90 days prior to the start of clinical  (no earlier than April 1 for Summer Session, May 30 for the Fall Semester and October 23 for the Spring Semester).
    • ​Requirements that may be completed as soon as you begin enrollment
      • Documentation of immunity to rubeola, rubella, mumps (MMR) and varicella (Chicken Pox)
      • Documentation of a tetanus and pertussis booster (Tdap) given within the last 10 years
      • Documentation of a Hepatitis B vaccine series and a titer demonstrating immunity or Hepatitis B Declination Waiver

Step 4: Castle Branch Immunization Tracker ($28.00)  CastleBranch is an immunization and health forms tracking service. Complete instructions are included in the Health Forms Packet.

  • Create an account at Castle Branch at Click on the "Place Order" tab and enter VE08 as the package code. 
  • Upload the immunization and health requirement forms. Do not wait to upload all of your health forms at the same time. Upload them as you have them completed. All forms must be accepted by CastleBranch one week before the start of the semester.
  • Permission to register will be granted only upon COMPLETION NOTIFICATION being received from CastleBranch.

Step 5: Obtain CPR Certification (cost varies)

  • CPR certification must be from the American Heart Association (BLS Provider) or from the American Red Cross (Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers).  The CPR class must have a skills component to it. The CPR card cannot expire during the semester of enrollment.

Step 6: Drug and Alcohol Screening ($50.00) fee will be covered for Spring 2018 semester

  • A Drug and Alcohol Screening with a negative result is required by the clinical agencies. We will provide you with the information once you are registered.
  • LIVESCAN FINGER PRINTING INSTRUCTIONS (no fee is required): Once you have registered, you will receive information about completing your Livescan Finger Printing. Remember to bring a current, valid government issued picture ID. The California Department of Public Health may deny certification to those with prior convictions of certain Penal Code violations. Students are encouraged to contact the CDPH for more information. 


  • Purchase Mosby’s Nurse Assistant Textbook/Workbook (most current edition) before the start of class.
  • Attendance at the first three (3) weeks of class IS MANDATORY. Punctuality and attendance are carefully monitored to ensure that all students complete the state mandated hourly requirements in theory and clinical. You will be dropped from the course of you miss class in the first 3 weeks.
  • You must have an original Social Security Card in order to take the State Certification test. 
  • The CNA program is one semester in length.
  • WEEKLY SCHEDULE FOR THE CNA PROGRAM: 3.5 hours of theory and 7.5 hours of clinical per week. Transportation to the clinical location is the responsibility of the student.