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The program also includes CPR, basic first aid, HIPPA, OSHA certificates upon  completion.

Nurse Assistant

The program is designed to prepare students to sit for the California Certification Examination for Nurse Assistants. Students also learn how to take care of patients’ basic needs, including bathing and feeding. Students learn to be proficient in technical skills, such as taking vital signs, tracking patient progress through charts, and performing certain emergency procedures.

The objective of the Nurse Assistant Program is for students learn to provide quality care for residents in long-term care environments, maintain residents’ dignity, and improve or maintain quality of life.

The program also addresses the complex social, legal, and ethical issues that result from prolonged care. Good bedside manner is covered through interpersonal communication practice and knowledge of patents’ rights, resident care procedures, and rehabilitation.

Within this course the student will also receive CPR training and take required examinations for certification. HIPPA and OSHA certifications will also be issued.

NA Nurse Assistant: Three-month program (13.5 weeks) Clock hours: 189

Program Delivery: Residential


Certified Nurse Assistant

Courses included in the program are geared toward preparing the student to sit for the California Certification Examination Exam and includes:

  • Patient Rights
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Prevention and Management of Catastrophe and Natural Occurence
  • Body Mechanics
  • Medical and Surgical Asepsis
  • Weight and Measurements
  • Patient Care Skills
  • Patient Care Procedures
  • Vital Signs
  • Nutrition
  • Emergency Procedures/CPR
  • Long-Term Care Resident
  • Rehabilitative Nursing
  • Observation and Charting
  • Death and Dying

NA Curriculum

Module Number Module Name Theory Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours
Module 1 Orientation and Introduction 3 5
Module 2 Patient Rights 3 1
Module 3 Communications and Interpersonal Skills 3 0
Module 4 Prevention and Management of Catastrophe and Natural Occurrence 2 1
Module 5 Body Mechanics 3 4
Module 6 Medical and Surgical Asepsis 3 8
Module 7 Weights and Measurements 3 1
Module 8 Patient Care Skills 14 8 44
Module 9 Patient Care Procedures 7 6 20
Module 10 Vital Signs 3 2 6
Module 11 Nutrition 3 1 6
Module 12 Emergency Procedures/CPR 4 4 1
Module 13 Long-Term Care Resident 3 0
Module 14 Rehabilitative Nursing 3 4
Module 15 Observation and Charting 4 4
Module 16 Death and Dying 2 0
Total 63 21 105


CNA Licensure

To obtain a California Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) certificate you must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Meet the health screening and conviction screening
  • Submit fingerprints through the live scan method to ATCS upon enrollment in an ATCS-approved training program.
  • Complete a minimum of 168 hours of training in an ATCS-approved program taught by ATCS- approved instructors
  • Successfully complete a competency evaluation conducted by an ATCS approved testing vendor.


  • Be eligible through an equivalent training program. Be at least 16 years of age
  • Be eligible through reciprocity from another state.

For more information, please visit The California Department of Public Health:

Course Descriptions

NA Nurse Assistant

Module 1: Orientation-unit 1/Introduction unit 2 Theory 3 hours Clinical 5 hours In this unit the student will learn the history, basic responsibilities of the NA and the duties performed by them on the job. The student will get basic understanding of state and federal laws governing healthcare facilities, Title 22, OBRA and HIPAA. Student will learn the basics of medical law and ethics and the importance of documentation in the workplace. The student will be instructed about the nursing assistant scope of practice, requirements for certification, professionalism, ethics, confidentiality as well as job performance limitations. The student will demonstrate understanding of this module, by making informed decisions and successfully passing all quizzes and exams.


Module 2: Patient Rights Theory 3 hours Clinical 1 hours The purpose of this unit is to introduce the student to patient/resident rights. Student will learn their role in maintaining or improving the quality of life, health, and safety of each residents/patients and receive basic understanding of the rights of the dying patient. The student will be instructed of the fundamental foundation of these rights as initiated and regulated by American Hospital Association (AHA) and enforced by Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA), Health and Safety Code, Title 22 and Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) including the role of the Ombudsman. The student will demonstrate ways for the resident/patient to exercise their rights free from abuse and interference. The student will describe ways to assist the resident/patient in making choices, participate in their plan of care, and be treated with respect and dignity while ensuring confidentiality, and privacy.


Module 3: Communication and Interpersonal Skills Theory 3 hours Clinical 0 hours In this module the student will be introduced to the concepts of communication and interpersonal skills required to communicate and interact appropriately with the resident/patient, family members, visitors and the healthcare team. Communication and its effect on the resident/patient are studied, as well as the five body senses and Maslow’s Hierarchy showing how they tie into communication. The student will be instructed on verbal, non-verbal and written skills to assist with communicating and overcoming barriers that interfere with proper communicate to ensure health, safety and well-being of the resident/patient. Student will also gain knowledge of aids to effective communication, observations skills and documentation. The student will demonstrate communication skills learned effectively and efficiently in class, on campus, and at the clinical site.


Module 4: Prevention and Management of Catastrophe and Unusual Occurrence

Theory 2 hours Clinical 1 hours This module describes the role and procedures performed by the NA to create and maintain a safe environment for the resident/patient. The purpose of this module is to ensure the resident/patient and health care workers’ safety. Student will learn prevention, general safety rules, oxygen safety, fire and disaster safety, and resident/patient safety. In addition to fire and safety measures the student will learn monitoring, application, and removal of physical restraints, the proper use of protective devices, and alternatives as well as the effects of substance abuse in the workplace. Patient’s rights, dignity, and well-being will be supported, maintained, and documented while student practice related concepts of safety.


Module 5: Body Mechanics Theory 3 hours Clinical 4 hours This module covers the proper/protective body mechanics to take during the positioning, moving, and transporting of patients to avoid fatigue and injury. There is a firm focus on keeping the resident/patient safe as well as nursing assistant safety during turning, transferring and lifting. This module helps the student structure ways to maintain proper body alignment, secure base of support, and ergonomics. The student will practice the related concepts of body mechanics and safety in class as well as at the clinical site.


Module 6: Medical and Surgical Asepsis Theory 3 hours Clinical 8 hours

This module will describe the effects of contamination on the body, as well as the effects on the patient, the nursing assistant, and the health care team. The purpose of this module is to teach the student safety against viruses and/or dangerous bacteria. Student will learn the relationship between microorganisms and infection, preventative aseptic technique, chain of infection, isolation precautions, and instruction tools for a healthy workplace. The student will practice the acquired skills at the clinical site when caring for residents, as well as computer skills regarding keyboarding, on campus and in skills lab during daily activity. Student will successfully pass OSHA exam.


Module 7: Weights and Measurements Theory 3 hours Clinical 1 hours This module covers the significance of fluid balance and the unit of measurements in maintaining homeostasis as well as the critical events of hospital admissions, transfers and discharges. There is also a firm description that further informs the student on the quantities used in the medical field to measure in cubic centimeters or milliliters. The module helps the student better understand the metric system, weight, length and liquid volume as well as documenting in military time. The student will practice measuring and recording intake and output, height and weight, and proper recording of results.


Module 8: Resident Care Skills Theory 14 hours Lab 8 Clinical 44 hours This module provides the student with the knowledge and nursing skills needed to establish a personal care schedule to provide daily care for residents/patients. Students will learn restorative and psychosocial skills, means of data collection, importance of recording and reporting findings and the Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, and Restorative Aide role in increasing the functional ability of the resident in performing ADL care. This includes giving and/or assisting with Am and HS care, oral hygiene, bathing, perineal care, care of nails and feet, back rub, dressing and undressing, hair care, shaving, and elimination needs. Other skills included in this module are bowel and bladder retraining, use of prosthetic devices, weighing and measuring height, and care of residents/patients who are incontinent. The student will demonstration skills learned and discuss how they promote safety, health, comfort and well-being for elderly residents residing in skilled and long-term care nursing facilities.


Module 9: Patient Care Procedures Theory 7 hours Lab 6 Clinical 20 hours The module covers topics to assist the student in caring for residents/patients requiring additional special procedures to promote health. This module helps the student expand their skills and responsibility in medical care and the admission, transfer and discharge procedures provided in different health care settings. The student will learn how to care for residents receiving IV therapy, and Enteral Nutrition. Student will gain knowledge on indwelling and condoms catheters as well as monitoring intake and output, obtain specimens for further diagnosis, and application of enemas and suppositories as relief of constipation and bowel training. The student will also be instructed on the application of non-legend topical ointments, dressings application, bed-making, applying and removing ant embolic hose and binders. The student will demonstrate related concepts learned effectively and efficiently in skills lab, and at the clinical site and will document practiced skills.


Module 10: Vital Signs Theory 3 hours Lab 2 Clinical 6 hours. In this module the student will learn how to take vital signs, measurements that reflect the physical well- being of a person. Student will learn vital signs which are routinely measured on every resident/patient which include temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure also pain which is referred to as the fifth vital sign. Vital signs are often the first indicator that something adverse is going on with the patient. The student will be introduced to the normal ranges for vital signs to be able to detect abnormities as well as factors that affect vital signs. The student will practice these skills at the clinical site and in skills lab, and will adequately document and report findings.


Module 11: Nutrition Theory 3 hours Lab 1 Clinical 6 hours This module is designed to provide the student with the guidelines for evaluating the patient’s nutritional needs and delivering a well-balanced diet. Nutrition and its benefits on the patient are studied, as well as diet therapy, the effects of a poor diet and hydration. Many patients/residents require alteration to their diet and the student will learn about special diet requirement related to disease and disorders and  equipment to promote independence. The student will also be introduced to meal preparation, feeding the resident/patient, delivering water and nourishment, monitoring for declines in abilities as well as improvements and feeding techniques. Student will learn their role as well as the role and responsibilities of the Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist, and Restorative Aide in rehabilitation of the resident’s ability to consume adequate nutrition and hydration safely. The student will practice related concepts, document and report food, and water and nourishment intake alone with any decline in resident ability to receive adequate hydration and nutrition.


Module 12: Emergency Procedures-CPR Theory 4 hours Lab 4 Clinical 1 hours This module provides the student with an overview of common emergencies that require immediate action and the guidelines to follow for each. Student will learn the procedures to follow for emergencies such as shock, chest pain, and heart attack, cardiac and respiratory arrest, stroke, seizure, hemorrhage, burns, choking and poisoning. Student will learn the skills of CPR for victims of all ages, how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and how to relieve choking, as well as First Aid for hemorrhaging and burns, and what to do if poisoned. The skills learned in this module will enable the student to recognize emergencies and how to respond to them. The student will demonstrate the knowledge and skills learned and successful pass the CPR practical and written examinations.


Module 13: Long-Term Care Resident Theory 3 hours Clinical 0 hours This module covers the Geriatric Care provided for adult’s ages 65and older. Student will learn how to holistically care for residents in the long-term care setting. There is a firm description that further informs the student of common diseases and the pathologic behaviors associate as well as the physical changes that occur as a person grows older. This module helps the student better understanding the psychosocial, psychological, recreational changes and needs of the aging. The student will be taught the signs and effects of common diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Retardation, and Cerebral palsy with focus on behaviors related to the loss of independence, and will inform the student of community resources available for assistance. In order to provide a full understanding of these changes the student will study anatomy and physiology. The student will demonstrate genuine respect for the older adults residing in long-term care facilities and value each resident/patient by proving each with quality care.


Module 14: Rehabilitative Nursing Theory 3 hours Clinical 4 hours In this module the student will learn the vital role of the nursing assistant as part of the rehabilitation team. As a nursing assistant you will help Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and the Restorative Aide in the maintenance or regaining of self-care abilities that may have been lost through illness, disease and disorder, or injury. The student will be introduce to the functions of each member of the rehabilitation team and services provided as well as the NA function as part of the team. The student will demonstrate their role in helping the resident/patient care for themselves, rebuild muscle strength, identify change in ability, document and report any decline as well as improvements.


Module 15: Observation and Charting Theory 4 hours Clinical 4 hours In this module the student will learn the basic rules for reporting and recording observations and care rendered to residents/patients. Students will learn how to collect subjective and objective information, and document their findings using medical terminology and appropriate abbreviations by writing it down in long hand or in a computerized system. The student will get a basic understanding of resident care plan, and how to sort out, report, and document information in compliance with HIPAA regulations. The student will practice charting techniques learned on forms, records, and documenting systems using proper medical terminology and abbreviations.


Module 16: Death and Dying Theory 2 hours Clinical 0 hours In this course the student will be instructed on how to care for the dying resident/patient holistically as directed by the Patient Self-Determination Act of 1991 (PSDA) and with dignity and respect. The effect of death and dying on the resident/patient and loved ones will be studied, as well as physical, psychological, and spiritual support required to minimize suffering and promote dignity. Ways to allay fear such as comfort measures, spending time and listening to the resident/patient will be discussed. This module also includes behaviors of the dying patient, advance directive and living wills, as well as organ and tissue donation. The student will explain and/or demonstrate related concepts, ADL assistance required during the dying process, and postmortem care in class skills lab and clinical.