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Certified Nursing Assistant

CLASSES BEGIN August 16, 2021

ORIENTATION IS OPEN!

Orientation is the first step to enrolling the in CNA Program. 
Click here to register for Orientation. 

During Orientation you will learn more about the CNA Program as well as the next steps to take to enroll in the program. 

About the cna program

A CNA performs basic care and nursing services related to the safety, comfort, protection, and care of residents in a skilled-nursing facility. 

  1. Length of Program: 3 Months
  2. Cost: $1,029 - grant and payment plan available!
  3. Schedule: M-TH 8:30 am - 3:00 pm and Friday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm*

*Hours may vary especially during externship at the Skilled Nursing Facility.

Program Objectives

  • Train students in basic CNA tasks directed toward the safety, comfort and personal hygiene and protection of residents/patients. 
  • Prepare students for California State CNA Certification. 
  • Increase the number of CNAs trained in person-directed care and placed in jobs following CNA program completion. 
  • Increase the number of CNAs trained in person-centered care and placed in jobs following CNA program completion. 
  • Increase CNA retention rates at participating healthcare providers. 
  • Provide an entry point for economically-disadvantaged individuals to enter a professional development pathway leading to greater economic sufficiency. 

Program Requirements for graduation

  • Meet the minimum attendance requirements.
  • Maintain an 80% average on assignments, skills, test, and competency assessments.
  • Successfully completes required clinical experience.
  • Take the National Nurse Aid Assessment Program Certification Examination.

offered through a grant

Offered in collaboration with Opportunity Junction and Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa & Solano!

John Muir Community Health Fund approved a grant for Opportunity Junction and Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa & Solano, in partnership with Mount Diablo Adult Education, to launch the Health Career Pathway initiative to create a regional response to significant allied health professional staffing and quality improvement needs for those delivering care (to uninsured, underinsured, underserved and vulnerable Contra Costa residents most at-risk for poor health), while providing a pathway towards economic sufficiency for low-income individuals.

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REQUIREMENTS: Completed Orientation, High School Diploma or GED, health insurance, and updated vaccinations

Email nicoleh@opportunityjunction.org for more information

Job outlook

In Contra Costa County, employment for Nursing Assistants is expected to increase by 18.1% in the next 5 years. The current median wage for entry-level CNAs is $21.31 per hour. (Source: California Employment Development Department).

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