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CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANTS (CNA’S) are men and women prepared to
provide basic nursing care in a skilled nursing facility under the direction of a
licensed nurse. The program offered at Ventura College meets the California
State requirements and prepares the student to take the State certification
examination. Nurse Aide certification is a prerequisite for entering the Ventura
College Nursing program.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS must be provided to Health Sciences Department to receive an
1. Proof of freedom from & immunity to communicable diseases, and a current physical
examination demonstrating general good health. TB tests may not expire during class.
2-step testing is required.
2. CPR certification: American Red Cross for Professional Rescuer, or American Heart Association
for Health Care Provider. May not expire during the semester.No on-line classes are accepted.
1. Complete Ventura College Registration Process at vcccd.edu
2. Complete the application for the CNA Program and submit it to the School of
Nursing & Allied Health during the application period. Your application will be date stamped and,
if complete, your name will be included in the random draw for a position on the wait list for
the next class.
NO ON-LINE REGISTRATION. Make copies of all documents before submitting.
3. Livescan fingerprinting is completed on Campus each semester prior to the start of the course.
No fee is required. You will be notified of the livescan date when you are scheduled for entry
into the program.
4. Purchase CNA Handbook and CNA Theory packet before the start of class.
1. Students must “pass” the livescan background check to be assigned to a clinical lab.
The California Department of Public health determines who passes the background check.
2. Attendance at the first 72 hours of class (theory: 7 hours; clinical 15 hours) is mandatory.
3. Must have an original social security card.
4. Please be aware that you must have a current, valid, government issued picture ID to be
fingerprinted and to take the certification exam at the end of the semester.
LENGTH OF PROGRAM:
The CNA program is one semester in length.
Punctuality and attendance are carefully monitored to ensure that all student complete the state mandated hourly requirements in theory and clinical. Transportation is the responsibility of the student.
WEEKLY SCHEDULE FOR THE CNA PROGRAM:
3.5 hours of theory and 7.5 hours of clinical per week.
ESTIMATED COSTS FOR CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS:
CNA 6 units x $46.00/unit $ 276.00*
Student Health fee $ 17.00
Immunization Tracker $ 28.00
Textbook $ 90.00
Uniform & Shoes $ 50.00
Gait Belt $ 15.00
State Certification Exam $ 90.00
Parking Permit (optional) $ 40.00
Approximate Total $606.00
*Tuition costs are subject to change.
+Physical examination, lab tests and immunizations are additional costs that must be borne
by the student. The Student Health & Psychological Services Center may be able to offer
services at a reduced cost.