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Certified Nursing Assistant

Certified Nurse Assistant

Certified Nurse Assistant

Interested in Becoming a CNA?

CNA FlyerCall 925-685-7340 x6730 to be added to our interest list or go to Opportunity Junction's website and fill out a quick intake form. Then see the steps below in order to be eligible to enroll!

This program is designed to train the student to function as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). The CNA training program teaches the technical and professional skills necessary to effectively work as a nursing assistant and pass the national certification examination, and prepares students for employment in the health care field. The course includes expanded professional skills-building around how to work respectfully with facility residents and their families, how to identify and resolve problems that arise around human or institutional needs, and stress management.

A CNA performs basic care and nursing services directed at the safety, comfort, personal hygiene, and protection of patients in hospitals or with residents a skilled nursing, intermediate-care, or long-term care facilities. They are frequently physically active and may need to help lift or move patients, transport patients, and clean treatment areas.

The student will be part of a health care team under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Vocational Nurse in a health care agency.  The program meets standards according to federal and state regulations. The core curriculum is framed around the modules required by the California Department of Public Health. Example of topics and skill development include communication skills, infection control, patient’s rights, and basic CNA skills.

56320041    8:30am-3:00pm      M-TH     8/26-11/15     Mendez/Buenrostro     C-16, LVAC     $350*
                      8:30am-12:30pm   F

*Tuition waiver available for those who qualify!
(Please note: Dates are tentative and may change. Class on 2/18 will be held at a Skilled Nursing Facility and include a tour of the facility.

Program Objectives

  • Train students in basic nursing tasks directed toward the safety, comfort and personal hygiene and protection of patients and to prepare them for California State Certification.
  • Increase the number of CNAs trained in person-directed care and placed in jobs following CNA program completion.
  • Increase CNA retention rates at participating healthcare providers.
  • Provide an entry point for low-income individuals to enter a pathway for professional development leading to economic sufficiency.
  • Provide systemic career and personal supports that lift new and current healthcare staff to greater economic sufficiency.

Admission Requirements

  • Attend CTEC Orientation to Careers and obtain a completion certificate
  • Take CTEC Assessment and obtain Assessment Verification Form.
  • Math score of 225 and Reading of 235 or higher (other scores may be eligible for co-enrollment in support classes)
  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent (provide proof).
  • Health Insurance (provide proof of application or current).
  • Complete Health Occupations Training Programs Packet (take to primary care physician and obtain appropriate vaccinations, blood tests, and physical exam).
  • Meet with CNA Professional Development Instructor to identify Student Personal Success Plan and review CNA state application, LiveScan form (background) and other requirements.
  • Attend CNA Program Orientation.

Program Schedule

This program meets five days per week for 11 weeks, which includes classroom lecture and lab, and clinical externship in a skilled nursing facility and/or long-term care facility. 

  • Orientation Week
    • Monday through Thursday - 9:30a - 3:00p
    • Friday - 9:30a - 12:30p
  • Week 2 through 11
    • Monday through Thursday - 8:30a - 3:00p
    • Friday - 8:30a - 12:30p
Course Program Offered Lecture Lab Externship Total Hours
CNA Fall, Winter, Spring 83 100 120 303


Program Requirements

Physical requirements needed:

  • Visual and hearing acuity
  • Ability to kneel, bend and lift
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time

Professional requirements:

  • Communicate effectively, including active listening
  • Function as an effective team member
  • Prioritize and sequence
  • Utilize critical thinking
  • Maintain high standards of professionalism and integrity
  • Ability to handle stress

Completion Requirements

To receive a certificate of completion, a student:

  1. Meets the minimum overall program attendance requirement of 95% and:
    1. Must attend all 60 minimum federal and state required theory (lecture) hours
    2. Must attend all 100 minimum federal and state required clinical externship hours
  2. Satisfactorily completes all assignments.
  3. Maintains an 80% average on all assessments (skills, quizzes, tests).
  4. Successfully completes required clinical experience.
  5. Maintains required theory and clinical externship documentation.
  6. Takes National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Certification Examination.


Upon successful completion of the course, the student earns Mt. Diablo Adult Education’s completion certificate and meets the qualifying standards to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) certification exam. 


Complete the following:

  • Register online for CTEC Orientation and CTEC Assessment (2 separate, free classes). See page 20 for registration directions.
  • Complete requirements and documents listed under “Admission Requirements.” 
    1. Set up doctor appointment to complete Health Verification form.
    2. Meet with Professional Development Instructor.
  • Bring completed Health Occupations Training Packet to Room C5.
  • Attend CNA Program Orientation.
  • Enroll in the program after all admission requirements are completed.
    1. If paying in full, enroll with secretary in Room C5 and sign enrollment agreement.
    2. If payment plan is desired, call 925-685-7340, ext. 6730, to make appointment to enroll, set up plan, make first payment, and sign enrollment agreement. (Or apply for CNA Program Tuition Waiver.)

Classes begin on August 26, 2019

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.


  • Module 1. Introduction to CNA
  • Module 2. Patients' & Residents Rights
  • Module 3. Interpersonal & Professionalism
  • Module 4. Prevention & Management of Catastrophe & Unusual Occurrences
  • Module 5. Body Mechanics & Safety
  • Module 6. Medical and Surgical Asepsis
  • Module 7. Weights and Measures
  • Module 8. Patient Care Skills
  • Module 9. Patient Care Procedures
  • Module 10. Vital Signs
  • Module 11. Nutrition
  • Module 12. Emergency Procedures
  • Module 13. Long-Term Care Patient
  • Module 14. Rehabilitative Nursing
  • Module 15. Observation and Charting
  • Module 16. Death and Dying
  • Module 17. Abuse
  • Module 18. Job Readiness

Job Outlook

In Contra Costa County, employment for Nursing Assistants is expected to increase by 11% in the next 5 years. The current median wage for entry-level CNAs is $16.94 per hour. (Source: California Employment Development Department, Emsi Analyst Q4 Data Set).

  1. MDAE’s CNA program will obtain data for graduates of 2018-19 school year including:
  • Completion rate
  • Employment rate
  • NNAAP Certification rate
  • Graduates reported starting wages

Program Fees

Tuition: $350.00*

Includes: All class materials/lab fees, uniform, malpractice insurance. LiveScan application, and certification examination (NNAAP). Other fees might include: health insurance, titers/vaccinations.

*Tuition waivers are available for eligible applicants.