Application Process

How to Apply for the CNA Program

Step 1: Enroll in Ventura College

  • If you are not a current student, complete the VC application process at http://www.venturacollege.edu/apply-and-enroll/application-for-admission

Step 2: Submit Application for CNA Program

  • (October 1 – 31 for Spring Semester or April 1 - 30 for Fall Semester)
  • Personally submit the following to the Health Science Center Office (HSC-111) during regular business hours M-F from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM by October 31 (Spring) or May 30 (Fall):
    • Completed Ventura College Certified Nursing Assistant Program Application
    • Completed California State Form 283B “Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)”
  • Applications are available on the Ventura College Website at Departments>Academic>Certified Nursing Assistant>Applications and Forms or you may pick one up at the Health Science Center Office (HSC-111).

*Available seats for the course are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Applications will be accepted until all seats are filled.

Step 3: Immunization Requirements and Health Forms Packet

  • The Health Forms packet is available to download from the Ventura College Website at Departments>Academic>Certified Nursing Assistant>Applications and Forms or you may pick one up at the Health Science Center Office (HSC-111).
  • 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. IMPORTANT: The physical examination 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 15 for the spring semester). 
  • Immunization and Health Requirements:
    • 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 TV skin test 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 15 for the spring semester). 
    • 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: Certified Background Immunization Tracker

  • Create an account at Castle Branch at https://www.castlebranch.com. Click on the "Place Order" tab and enter VE08 as the package code. 
  • Upload the immunization and health requirement forms (This is an immunization tracking service and the fee is $28.00.) Instructions are included in the Health Forms Packet.

Step 5: Drug and Alcohol Screening

  • A Drug and Alcohol Screening with a negative result is required by the clinical agencies. The fee is $50.00. Instructions are available to download from the Ventura College Website at Departments>Academic>Certified Nursing Assistant>Applications and Forms or you may pick one up at the Health Science Center Office (HSC-111).

Step 6: Obtain CPR Certification 

  • CPR certification must be from the American Heart Association (BLS Provider) or from the American Red Cross (Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers).  No online classes are accepted. The CPR class must have a skills component to it. The CPR card cannot expire during the semester of enrollment.

Important Information

Steps 1-6 Must be completed by January 1 (Spring) or August 1 (Fall) (no exceptions) In order to be cleared to register for the HS V10 Course. If this deadline is not met, your spot will be given to the next student on the wait list. 

  • If you are conditionally accepted into the CNA program, you will receive an email or telephone call from the Health Science Office confirming your conditional acceptance.
  • Bring a current, valid government issued picture ID to complete your Livescan Fingerprinting (no fee is required) which will be done the first week of class. 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.
  • Once Steps 1 - 6 have been completed and verified, you will be cleared to register online.  Someone from the Health Sciences Office will contact you so that you can enroll.
  • Purchase a CNA Handbook and Mosby’s Nurse Assistant Textbook/Workbook (most current edition) before the start of class.
  • Attendance at the first 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.