CNA Program FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a collection of frequently asked questions and answers about our Certified Nurse Assistant program. You are more than welcome to call us at 818.766.1111 or send us an email if you can’t find an answer to your question.

What is a Certified Nurse Assistant?

A Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) works under the supervision of a Registered Nurse, LPN, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Medical Doctor or other supervisory staff. A CNA provides assistance to patients with daily living tasks and is responsible for basic care services such as bed making, grooming and vital signs. A CNA may also assist doctors and nurses with medical procedures.

What does the CNA Training Course entail?

Approved by California Department of Public Health, Critical Care Training Center offers a two-part Certified Nurse Assistant training program.

Part I:
The first part of our CNA training takes place in the classroom. Students will learn all aspects of patient care through lectures, audio/video and practical demonstrations.

Part II:
Upon completion of the classroom training, students will begin clinical training (externship). During clinical training, students will work directly with patients in a health care facility in the Los Angeles area. A Nurse who is both a staff member of our school and licensed by California Board of Registered Nursing as a Primary Nurse Assistant Instructor supervises students. Each Registered Nurse Instructor will never have more than 15 students, assuring they can provide personalized instruction. During your externship, you will work side by side with other CNAs, nurses and medical professionals.

What does the California State certification exam entail?

When you complete your clinical training, you will take the California certification exam. The exam is administered by an independent testing organization authorized by the State of California and is given in two parts. The first part is a multiple-choice examination. The second part is a practical exam where you show the evaluator your skills. There is a separate charge for this exam paid to the administrator of the exam.

Why do I sometimes hear Certified Nurse Assistants being referred to with other titles?

The official title is Certified Nurse Assistant. “Aide” is commonly used in place of assistant. The term Certified Nurse Assistant is commonly abbreviated as CNA. Other titles you may encounter are: Personal Care Aide, Personal Care Technician, Nurse Technician, Nurse Tech, Resident Assistant, Caregiver, Orderly, PCA, Resident Care Giver, PCG, Assistant Nurse or Hospital Aide.

Upon receiving Nurse Assistant certification, can I work in another State?

Under the law, you must pass a State-prescribed CNA course and also pass a Certification Exam. You cannot work as a CNA in a nursing home in any state unless you are approved by that state. If you are a CNA in California and want to work as a CNA in another state, you will need to request reciprocity from that state. This means that you are asking the new state to recognize your CNA approval granted to you by the State of California.

How do I qualify to attend CNA Program?

There is no prerequisites courses required for this program. Students who are selected will be required to complete a Department of Justice Live Scan, Physicak, Healthcare Provider CPR (BLS) and provide proff of immunity to MMR, Hepatitis B, TdaP, and Varcella before the program begins.

What is the outcome upon my successful completion of the program?

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to describe and provide safe and competent personal care and procedures to clients in a long-term care setting; provide safety, cleanliness and infection control nursing measures; utilize professional and therapeutic communication techniques and prepare, complete and correct documentation of care delivered; identify and apply legal and ethical principles related to the role of the nursing assistant the rights of residents; describe quality of life issues, common long-term diseases/conditions, and related nursing care and rehabilitation techniques; describe basic principles of nutrition and types of therapeutic diets and correctly calculate mathematical problems related to the CAN nursing role and acare.

How much does the CNA program cost?

$1,500 which includes: Course Fee, CNA textbook, Live Scan, Registration Form and CPR Certificate.

How long does it take to complete the CNA program?

California Department of Public Health mandates all California students to have 160 hours of training.  The duration of the program varies depending on the session that you choose.  Week-day morning session is 5 week and week-end program is 13 weeks long.

How do I reserve my seat?

To reserve your seat, you can either call 818.766.111 or you can click on link to reserve your seat.

Is there financial assistance for the CNA program?

Yes, Critical Care Training Center offers scholarship to CNA program eligible applicants, as well as payment plan with 0% interest.  For more information please contact our Financial Assistance tea at 818.766.1111.

Are there any job placement opportunities?

Critical Care Training Center partners with number of healthcare facilities and upon successful completion of the CNA program works close with every alumni to provide with job placement.

How much does a CNA make?

Average median pay for CNA in California is $39,560.

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