Precertification Nursing Assistant Training (CNA)
The Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program is a one semester (16 week) course. It will provide you with the necessary education to prepare you to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Once you have successfully completed the program, you will be eligible to take the State of California Certification Examination to become a CNA. Once you have passed the exam, you can apply for employment at acute or long-term health care facilities.
About the Program
Prerequisites to Apply
Before you apply for the CNA program, you must:
- Complete one of the reading competency requirements listed below.
- Submit a completed course application.
- Submit a Declaration of Conviction/No Conviction form. The form can be found with the application.
- Submit Unofficial transcripts or assessment results verifying completion of prerequisite. Include with the application.
To meet Sierra College reading competency requirements, you must complete one of the following:
- Sierra College Assessment. Must meet English 11 eligibility or indicate “Reading Competency Met.” Assessments taken outside of Sierra College must be submitted to the Sierra College Assessment Center for verification.
- Completion of English N or English 1A course*
- Completion of ESL 25G course*
- Placement in a higher course* by ESL matriculation assessment process
* Note: Courses must be completed with a grade “C” or better, posted to an applicable transcript at the time application is submitted. Courses “In Progress” are not accepted.
Requirements to Participate in Program
Students must meet California Department of Public Health regulatory requirements. Randomly selected students must submit to or possess:
- Fingerprinting and clear background check. All students will be fingerprinted at the Rocklin Campus. Please be advised, other than minor traffic violation, if you have been convicted of anything, including DUI, your fingerprints may not clear.
- A physical examination and proof of freedom from common communicable illness/diseases by immunization or serologic testing is required prior to the patient care experience. This is at the student’s expense.
- Clear drug screen. This is at the student’s expense.
- CPR card for Healthcare Provider (American Heart Association).
- Valid Social Security card.
- Purchased uniform required to be worn during the clinical experience.
- Class attendance requirements.
- All Essential Functions to qualify for course enrollment. See Program Requirements.
These are the essential functions required of ALL nursing students:
- Move from room to room and maneuver in small places.
- Transfer patients who may require physical assistance.
- Guard and assist patients with ambulation.
- Lift and carry up to 50 pounds and exert up to 100 pounds force for push/pull.
- Squat, bend/stoop, reach above shoulder level, kneel, use standing balance and climb stairs.
- Use hands repetitively; use manual dexterity.
- Adjust, apply and clean therapeutic equipment.
- Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
- Travel to and from academic and clinical sites.
- In the average clinical day, students sit 1-2 hours, stand 6-7 hours and travel 1-2 hours.
- Coordinate verbal and manual instruction.
- Assess a client 10 feet away to observe a client’s posture and respond to treatment.
- Respond to a timer, alarm or cries for help.
- Monitor vital signs.
- Hearing, visual and tactile ability sufficient to assess patient status and perform treatments. Examples: color changes in skin, hear heart or lung sounds.
- Communicate effectively in English with patients, families and other health care providers, both verbally and in writing. Examples: explain treatment procedures, teach patient and families, and document in medical records.
- Effectively adapt communication for intended audience.
- Interact, establish rapport with individuals, families and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.
- Assume the role of a health care team member.
- Function effectively under supervision.
Problem Solving Ability
- Function effectively under stress.
- Test taking within predefined time constraints.
- Respond appropriately to emergencies.
- Adhere to infection control procedures.
- Demonstrate problem solving skills in client care (measure, calculate, reason, prioritize and synthesize data).
- Use sound judgment and safety precautions.
- Address problems or questions to the appropriate person at the appropriate time.
- Organize and prioritize tasks.
- Follow policies and procedures required by clinical and academic settings.
Application and Deadline
Acceptance into the CNA Program is by an application process.
Rocklin Campus and Nevada County Campus applications will be acceptedMay 1 through May 31 for the fall semester and October 1 through October 31 for the spring semester. This program is not offered during the summer.
All applications* must be delivered in-person during regular business hours or mailed to the nursing department during each application cycle, to the following address:
Sierra College Nursing Department
5100 Sierra College Blvd.
Rocklin, CA 95677
* Note: Applications will not be accepted after the final day of the application cycle so if you are mailing your application, allow enough time to process through our campus mail system.
Regular Business Hours
Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Note: No applications accepted at the Nevada County Campus or during non-business hours.
What to Expect After Submitting Application
All applications are reviewed. Randomly-selected applicants will be notified by email of the mandatory program orientation date, time and location.
Costs and Expenses
Several variables, such as occasional fee increases and student health care plans, prohibit the ability to provide an exact financial figure. Based on current costs, students should expect to invest less than $1,000 for this program.
|Student Paid||5.5 units: $253||Approximately $100-200||
PPD Immunization and CPR Certification: Varies
Photo ID: $10
Uniform: $50Nursing Assistant Certificate: $105
|Sierra College Paid||Live Scan Fee: $46|
* Note: Tuition is subject to change due to mandatory campus-wide fee increases.
A mandatory orientation for this program will be held within two weeks of the application acceptance deadline.
You must attend orientation and it must be at the site where you will be attending classes.
- Orientation for Rocklin Campus students
Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Building RN-1, Room 112
5100 Sierra College Blvd.,
Rocklin, CA 95677
- Orientation for Nevada County Campus students
Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Building N-6, Room 206
250 Sierra College Dr.
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Frequently Asked Questions
- How many applications do you receive, and how many students are selected?
For the past application cycles, we have received 30-50 applications for the Precertification Nursing Assistant program. Budget and staffing permitting, we accept 12 students and 4-8 alternates each semester.
- Do I need to take the CPR course before applying to the program?
Applicants do not have to provide a copy of their CPR card to apply; however, selected students must complete the American Heart Association course for Healthcare Providers prior to enrolling in the class.
- I have one prerequisite course left to take. Can I still apply to the program?
No. All prerequisite courses must be completed and posted to the appropriate transcript prior to applying for the program.
- I took English 1A. Does this meet the English A and English 50 prerequisite?
We recommend you see an academic counselor for this question.
- If I have been convicted of an offense may I still apply for the program?
We recommend that you review the list of Penal Codes that prevent a person from applying for certification as a nursing assistant.
- If I have committed a previous legal infraction or have ended employment in a negative fashion with any clinical site used by Sierra College, can I still be in the program?
All clinical sites have final right of approval regarding who may participate in clinical rotations in their facility.
- What is the licensure exam pass rate in California?
There is no public link to State licensure examination pass rates. Sierra College has a 100% pass rate.