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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. 

Certified nursing assistant jobs are expected increase by 19 percent through 2024 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.

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 CNA program. Chaffey College offers on-site testing by a state approved testing agency, for a fee.

The CNA program is a part-time, 18-week program held at the Chaffey College Fontana Campus or Chaffey College Chino Campus. Classes are typically scheduled during the afternoon/evening hours, allowing more schedule flexibility for working individuals or high school students. Mandatory clinicals are scheduled on Saturdays at a local skilled nursing facility approved by CDPH. The weekly schedule will consist of:

  • 4 hours of lecture (in-person)
  • 3 hours of skills lab (in-person)
  • 3 hours of professional development (online)
  • 8 hours of clinicals (in-person)

Information Sessions

Information Sessions will be held IN-PERSON only. Students are required to attend an information session in order to apply to the program.

Learn more about the application process and selection criteria, program curriculum, weekly schedule, costs of the program and much more! There will be an opportunity for questions during the Q&A towards the end of the session.

Register to attend IN-PERSON by clicking on the link below. Please sign in once you arrive at the information session!

CNA Fall Information Session Powerpoint

Please check back in August 2024 for future information session details. 

Dates Times Registration Link Location





  • Arrive on 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.

Admissions to the Program:

  1. Must attend a CNA Information Session 
  2. Must be 16 years old. Please complete the Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement upon applying to Chaffey College
  3. Apply to Chaffey College to become a student (must have a student ID number to submit a CNA application.)
  4. Complete health requirements – More information given at the Information Session, personal health insurance check
  5. Clear drug screen – More information given at the Information Session
  6. Clear background check – More information given at the Information Session

Student applicants will be chosen from a random process when the application period ends. For more information, please attend an Information Session.

Application Process & Forms

The application period for Spring 2025 will be updated by August 15, 2024.

CNA Application Form

The application link will be emailed to students that have attended a mandatory Information Session.  Students that are interested in applying to the program MUST attend a mandatory Information Session.

Due to limited staffing, we cannot provide status inquiries during the application period. Applicants will be notified of their application status within 1 week of the application's closing date. If you do not receive information via email by that time, you may contact the CNA program at cna@chaffey.edu.

STUDENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF ACCEPTANCE AND ASKED TO ATTEND THE MANDATORY NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION. During the orientation students will be asked to complete health screening requirements, CPR certification, drug screening, and background clearance before the first day of classes.

Estimated Costs
Maroon Scrub Top $15.50
Black Scrub Pants $15.50

CNA Kit (includes blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, gait belt, bath basin, bedpan, silicone band watch, and tote bag.)

Textbook $76.50
Workbook $24.00
CNA State Exam Testing Fee $120.00
Livescan Fingerprinting $50.00
Health Screening Requirements $130.00



Certified Nursing Assistant program