The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requires 100 hours of clinical training in direct patient care. If the Skilled Nursing Facilities remain closed to the public, we will be unable to offer the program during the semester. Students are required to follow whatever safety precautions are in place at the time, which may include, but are not limited to: temperature checks; wearing masks, face shields, gloves, and other personal protective equipment (PPE); social distancing; frequent hand washing and sanitizing; weekly Covid testing; mandatory Covid vaccination and booster (when eligible) (no exemptions are permitted); and any required procedure outlined by the California Department of Public Health, Ventura County Public Health Department, Ventura College, and the Skilled Nursing Facilities. If you feel uncomfortable for any reason obtaining the Covid vaccination and booster (when eligible), or entering the Skilled Nursing Facilities and taking care of patients, please do not apply for the upcoming semester.
Please Note: Attendance during the first three (3) weeks of the semester is MANDATORY. Any student who is absent during the first three weeks will be dropped from the program.
CNA Theory (lecture) is planned to be offered in-person and on campus, however, homework assignments and quizzes will be completed online through Canvas. The computer requirements you must have to enroll in the course are the following:
- Desktop or laptop computer (no iPads, tablets, or phones are to be used) with the ability to install Proctorio Google Chrome extension.
- Microphone: any microphone, either internal or external
- Webcam: 320x240 VGA resolution (minimum) internal or external
- High-speed internet
If you do not have the above requirements, you can try accessing the many emergency resources available through the Ventura College MyVCCCD Portal and the Financial Aid Department.
Please Note: Depending on the fluctuating and unpredictable state of the Covid-19 pandemic, Theory may be moved to an online platform and students must be able to quickly transition between in-person and online. Please ensure that your computer meets these requirements or you will be unable to continue in the course.
How to Apply for the CNA Program
If you are not a current student, complete the Ventura College admissions application at Apply and Enroll at Ventura College.
Step 1: Submit your Initial CNA Application
The initial CNA application is filled out and submitted through an online web link. The link will be available during the application dates listed below. Applications must be submitted online. This initial application will request your student contact information and acknowledgment of the policies, procedures, and expectations for the CNA course. (You do not need to include any health forms with the initial application.) Upon receipt of your initial CNA application, we will provide you with a packet of instructions and the health screening forms to complete steps 2 through 5.
CNA Application Dates
For admission into the Fall Semester, applications will be accepted from April 1st through April 10th, 2022. The application link will open on this webpage beginning April 1st at 8:00 am and close on April 10th at 5:00 pm.
For admission into the Spring Semester, applications will be accepted from October 1st through October 10th, 2022. The application link will open on this webpage beginning October 1st at 8:00 am and close on October 10th at 5:00 pm.
Step 2: Open a Castlebranch Account
Castlebranch is our online documentation tracking system. Visit www.Castlebranch.com, and order package code: VE08. The cost is $32.
Step 3: Identification Verification
Upload to Castlebranch a copy of your Driver's License or government-issued photo ID.
Step 4: Complete Health Appraisal
Students must receive a physical examination, and TB clearance, and meet immunization requirements. It is a requirement by the CDPH and the clinical facilities that students be documented to be in good health and free from infectious diseases. Mandatory immunizations are MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), Varicella, Tdap, Hepatitis B, and Covid vaccination and booster (when eligible). Covid vaccinations and booster (when eligible) are required of all students entering clinical facilities. No religious or medical exemptions are permitted. If you do not wish to obtain a Covid vaccination or be in an area where there are potential Covid patients, please do not apply for the upcoming semester. The current influenza vaccine is required during the flu season. Note: It is a state CDPH requirement that the physical examination and TB screening be within 90 days from the start of the training. Applicants will be notified of the allowable dates for the physical examinations or TB screenings. Any physical examinations or TB screenings completed prior to these designated dates are NOT accepted. For the Spring 2023 Semester, physical examinations and TB screenings completed prior to October 11, 2022, are NOT accepted.
The health appraisals may be completed with your preferred healthcare provider or the Ventura College Student Health Center. To schedule an appointment at the Ventura College Student Health Center, first, complete the Student Consent Forms through the Health Center Portal. Once the online Consent Forms are completed, call the Student Health Center at (805) 289-6346 to schedule an appointment.
Step 5: Complete CPR Certification
Obtain CPR Certification from the American Heart Association (BLS Provider) or the American Red Cross (Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers). No other forms of CPR certification are permitted. No online classes are accepted. CPR certification cannot expire during the semester of enrollment.
Admittance and Authorization to Enroll
Admittance into the CNA Program is first-come, first-serve upon completion of Steps 2 through 5 listed above. Authorization to enroll in the CNA Program will not be given until all required documentation is uploaded and approved by Castlebranch.
We are mandated by the CDPH and the clinical facilities to have a criminal background check, fingerprinting, AND drug and alcohol screening, completed for each student. A national background check is completed through Castlebranch. Instructions for fingerprinting and drug and alcohol screening will be provided to students who are admitted into the program. Background checks must demonstrate no convictions (misdemeanor or felony) within the past seven (7) years. Applicants must pass the drug and alcohol screening. No exceptions.
- Attendance in 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 if you miss class in the first 3 weeks.
- You must have an original Social Security Card in order to take the State Certification Examination.
- The CNA program is one semester in length, 6 units.
- The weekly schedule for the CNA program is 3.5 hours of theory and 7.5 hours of clinical per week. Due to the holidays, some clinical groups will be 8 hours of clinical per week.
- Transportation to the clinical location is the responsibility of the student.