Certified Nursing Assistant Program

Program Overview: Students learn communication skills, patient care and emergency procedures through hands-on clinical work and are prepared for the California state exam for Certification as a Nurse Assistant. Graduates are qualified for employment in skilled nursing and extended care facilities.

Menlo Park


8/20/2024 to 11/1/2024

11/18/2024 to 2/7/2025

2/24/2025 to 5/9/2025


Monday – Friday
8:00 am to 2:30 pm


11 weeks, plus state review and exam


Theory is taught virtually and hands-on in-person class.

If you have questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

What you get from this program

  • State of California Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Home Health Aid Certification
  • CPR Basic Life Support-American Heart Association
  • JobTrain Certificate of Achievement
Career Opportunities
  • Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Reproductive Health Specialist
  • Employment in skilled nursing, extended care facilities, and home health care agencies and registries.
  • CNA’s are employed in acute hospital settings, though further training is required by most.

Entry Requirements

Must attend JobTrain’s information orientation and take the WONDERLIC assessment. Must have basic math skills and show evidence of good health.

Must live in the one of the following Counties – San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa, or Santa Cruz. To find employment/training services in your area click here. Can only enroll in one JobTrain training program.

Background Check

A background check will be done during the first week of the program.

Vaccination Requirements

Please click here to view the Students’ Vaccination Requirement, Building Entrance Procedure, and Isolation & Quarantine Procedure.

Medical Background

Must pass a physical and a PPD/pr chest x-ray/immunizations – must be completed before first day of class. Updated immunizations including 2 Step TB skin test or Quantiferon, 3 series of Hepatitis B or Titer, 2 doses of MMR or Titer, 2 doses of Varicella or Titer, DTaP vaccine or titer, Flu, and complete Physical Examination to participate in Clinical Externship. Must complete and submit this Physical Examination Form.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to exert 20 – 50 lbs. of force occasionally, 10 – 25 lbs. of force frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs. of force constantly to move objects. Must pass a physical and a PPD/pr chest x-ray/immunizations – must be completed before first day of class.

During Program

Students must complete 100% of training hrs. in order to qualify for state exam. Must acquire CNA Liability Insurance before clinical portion.

About the Instructor