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 Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program


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 (CDPH). 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.

The Certified Nurse Assistant Program is approved by the California Department of Public Health.

Ventura College CNA Program Brochure

Full-Time and Adjunct CNA Faculty

Program Director: Dr. Sandra Melton

CNA Coordinator: Kelly Neel, R.N.