Application Process

How to Apply for the CNA Program


Step 1: Enroll in Ventura College

Step 2: Submit Application for CNA Program

  • Fall 2020 Semester  -  Applications Accepted April 1 through April 22, 2020 
  • Spring 2021 Semester - To be announced
  • Submit the following application forms, in person, to the Health Sciences Office (HSC-111) during regular business hours (Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM)  Forms will be available in the Office (HSC 111).  You must provide a California Picture ID (Driver License or California ID Card), AS WELL AS, your Social Security Card for verification.  
  • Open the links above to print the applications, or you may pick up the forms at the Health Sciences Center (HSC-111) beginning April 1, 2020. 
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 your Castlebranch requirements. 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) - uploaded to

  • The Health Forms packet is available to pick one up at the Health Science Center Office (HSC-111).  This packet changes from time to time, so please do not use an old one - pick up the new one in the HSC office.
Important: Per the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) the physical examination & TB tests required in your packet must be done no earlier than 90 days prior to the start of CNA training (no earlier than May 19, 2020 for the Fall 2020 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 CNA training: 
      • Proof of a current physical examination documenting general good health done no sooner than 90 days before the start of CNA training.
      • TB Test no sooner than 90 days before the start of CNA training.
        • PLEASE NOTE:  The CDPH is now accepting the QuantiFeron blood test for TB screening regardless of your past history.  You may still have the 2 step TB skin test if you prefer.
        • In the event of a positive Skin Test, you will have to provide a QuantiFeron blood test to verify results.
    • ​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, diphtheria, 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
      • Documentation of a current BLS Certification for CPR - cannot be any other type of certification.

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. 
  • 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. This document must be uploaded to Castlebranch.

Items that are to be done AFTER acceptance into the program.  These items must be done AFTER you are given permission to register to the class and not before.

Step 6: Drug and Alcohol Screening ($50.00) fee will be covered for the Fall 2020 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 CLEARED TO  register.
  • LIVESCAN FINGERPRINTING INSTRUCTIONS (no fee is required): Once you have registered, you will receive information about completing your Livescan Fingerprinting. 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. 


  • 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, 6 units. 
  • 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.