Thank you for your interest in becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant. The Precertification Nursing Assistant Training Program is a one semester (16 week) course which provides the education necessary to prepare students for certification. Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to take the State of California Certification Examination to become a Nursing Assistant qualified for employment in an acute or long-term health care facility. Testing and certification fees are required. There is no public link to State licensure examination pass rates.
AN APPLICATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE.
Applications for the upcoming Fall semester will be ACCEPTED MAY 1st through MAY 31st each Spring semester.
Applications for the upcoming Spring semester will be ACCEPTED OCTOBER 1st through OCTOBER 31st each Fall semester.
This course is not offered in Summer.
Selected students must be fingerprinted and submit documentation related to received convictions; certification may be denied. Students must meet California Department of Public Health regulatory requirements for class attendance, health and drug clearance, background check clearance and have a valid social security number and CPR card (for Healthcare Provider) to participate in the course. In addition, students will be required to purchase a uniform to be worn during the clinical experience.
Several variables, such as occasional fee increases and student healthcare plans, prohibit the ability to provide an exact financial figure; however, based on current costs, students should expect to invest less than $1,000 for this course.
|Student Paid||5.5 units: $253||Approx: $100-200||PPD Immunization and CPR Certification
Drug Screen: $50
Photo ID: $10
Nursing Assistant Certification: $105
|Sierra College Paid||Live Scan Fee: $46|
*Tuition is subject to change due to mandatory campus wide fee increases.
Include unofficial transcripts or assessment results with application.
In order to participate in the course, students must meet the Sierra College reading competency requirements. This may be achieved by completing prerequisite courses or by placement on an assessment exam.
Assessment: Must meet English 11 eligibility or indicate “Reading Competency Met.” Assessments taken outside of Sierra College must be submitted to the Sierra College Assessment Center for verification.
Prerequisite Courses: Must be completed, with grades posted to applicable transcript at the time application is submitted; courses “in progress” are not accepted.
As mandated by the California Department of Public Health:
How many applications do you receive, and how many students are selected?
For the past application cycles, we have received 30-50 applications for the Precertification Nursing Assistant course. Budget and staffing permitting, we accept 12-24 students and 4-8 alternates each semester. Alternates who are not admitted in the class for which they were chosen as an alternate automatically receive placement in the next class.
Do I need to take the CPR course before applying to the program?
No. We no longer require CPR as an application requirement.
I have one pre-requisite course left to take. Can I still apply to the program?
No. All prerequisite courses must be completed and posted to the appropriate transcript prior to applying for the program.
I took English 1A. Does this meet the English A and English 50 prerequisite?
We recommend you see a counselor for this question.
If I have been convicted of an offense may I still apply for the program?
We recommend that you review the list of Penal Codes that prevent a person from applying for certification as a nursing assistant.