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Certified Nursing Assistant

The Nurse Assistant Program at Chaffey College is approved by the Department of Public Health, State of California (CDPH), following Title 22 regulations. The program is designed to teach the necessary information and skills to take the National Nursing Assistant Assessment Program (NNAAP) state certification test, taking the program does not certify the student. To enroll in the CNA course, students must be 16 years old. The class is taught in English and there are lectures, group activities, skills lab demonstrations and practice on patient care skills and assessments of progress (tests/quizzes and return demonstrations). Students must attend an information session, mandatory orientation, complete fingerprinting, have a physical, immunizations and clear urine drug screen. 

The Home Health Aid program consists of a single course at Chaffey College, and is intended for CNAs to obtain the only other state certification available; and in doing so be eligible to work as a Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA). Students must possess an active CA state Certificate as a Nurse Assistant to gain entry to the program if they are entering at this level or show proof of passing the state test. The curriculum is approved by the Department of Public Health, State of California, following Title 22 regulations. 

This course also offers 26 CEs upon successful completion from the CDPH to maintain their CNA certification. Job opportunities include private pay CHHA, Hospice and Home Care Agencies. 

UPDATE: Chaffey College is targeting Spring 2022 for the Certified Nursing Assistant program launch. Please return to this webpage in June for the application timeline as well as our upcoming Information Session schedule.

Certified nursing assistant jobs are expected increase by 19 percent through 2022 in the Inland Empire, according to a Centers of Excellence study. Would you like to be part of a high-demand profession that allows you to help others? Consider the certified nursing assistant program.

You can increase your earning potential in just eight weeks through this program. In this profession, you will assist ill or recovering patients with their healthcare needs. The registered nurse or licensed practical nurse assigns duties to the certified nursing assistant depending on the needs of the patient. These duties can be providing basic care or assisting in daily activities patients have trouble with, such as bathing, grooming and toileting. CNAs often work in a wide variety of settings such as nursing homes, hospitals, adult day care centers, personal homes, assisted living facilities and more than 30 other facility types.

Programs are approved by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), therefore it is required to take and pass the state testing at the completion of the 8-week program. Chaffey College offers on-site testing by a state approved testing agency, for a fee.

Information Sessions

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Information Flyer

Dates Times Location
August 25, 2021 9:00am-10:00am REGISTER HERE
September 8, 2021 9:00am-10:00am REGISTER HERE
September 22, 2021 5:00pm-6:00pm REGISTER HERE


  • Arrive on time. Zoom meetings will close 10 minutes after starting time
  • Times and dates are subject to change 
  • You do not have to be enrolled at Chaffey College to attend
  • Questions about the CNA information session can be directed to cna@chaffey.edu

CNA Entrance Requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Apply to Chaffey College to receive a Student ID #.
  • Complete first 3 pages of the CNA application (coming soon), during the application periods.
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted 


Certified Nursing Assistant program