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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
February 15, 2022 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  REGISTER HERE
February 28, 2022 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. REGISTER HERE
March 16, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. REGISTER HERE
April 8, 2022 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  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

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.

Please meet with a Chaffey College Counselor to assist you with options for course selection(s) while you are waiting to apply to the CNA Program. For more information on arranging an appointment with a Counselor, please visit this webpage.

Application Process & Forms

CNA Application Instructions pdf.

The application period for spring 2022 for a provisional fall 2022 start will begin April 1st 2022 8:00am through Friday, April 29th, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. The live link to the CNA Application will be posted on this website.

CNA Application Form

This form will be LIVE 4/01/22 at 8:00 a.m. through 04/29/2022 at 11:59 p.m. only

Due to limited staffing, we cannot provide status inquires during the application period. Applicants will be notified of their application status via email by 06/01/2022. If you do not receive any information about your application status by that date you may contact the CNA program at cna@chaffey.edu.

Attendance will be required at the mandatory orientation on June 3rd, 2022. Next steps will be discussed at the mandatory orientation.



Certified Nursing Assistant program