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Certified Nursing Assistant

Interested in Becoming a CNA?

Due to Covid-19, the anticipated start date is January 18, 2021.

Call 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.

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, quizzes, and tests.
  • Passes the mid-terms and final examinations with a minimum of 80%.
  • Satisfactorily complete all assignments.
  • Successfully completes a clinical externship.
  • 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.

Program information

High School Diploma or GED, health insurance, updated vaccinations, and completed health verification form.

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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 $16.71 per hour. (Source: California Employment Development Department).