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Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)

Per California Department of Public Health, ALL CNA/HHA applicants should review the Disqualifying Penal Codes Sections carefully to avoid wasting their time, effort and money by training, testing and submission of fingerprints since they cannot receive the required criminal background clearance if they have been convicted of any of these violations.

About the CNA Program

This program is designed for students interested in a career in nursing.

Completion of the program is required for entrance into the Associate Degree Nursing and the Vocational Nursing programs, and confers eligibility to take the State certification exam.

CNAs are employed by hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and other health care agencies. The course content includes fundamental procedures to meet basic needs of patients, gathering data about the patients, communicating appropriately and other content required by State regulations for nurse assistant certification.

The lab portion of the course includes skills required for nurse assistant certification such as fundamental procedures to meet basic human needs, gathering data about the patient and communicating appropriately. Information about the health care system and how it functions is also included.

Length of the SWC CNA Program

Currently the program is an 8.5-unit course: CNA 20 (5.5 units of lecture) and CNA 20L (3 units of lab).  Four classes are offered throughout the year – January, March, June and August.  The first three classes meet a minimum of three eight-hour days per week for nine weeks.  In August, the class will meet a minimum of two days per week for the full semester.  The CNA class is repeatable only once and attendance to all class meeting days is mandatory.

Reading 56 or higher is recommended preparation for this course.

CNA Program Application Periods

(All applications must be submitted in person)

For Spring I 2013 (January) consideration
Applications will be accepted on Nov. 13, 2012
(9 weeks, 3-4 days per week, each class is 8 hours)

For Spring II 2013 (March) consideration
Applications will be accepted on Jan. 14, 2013
(9 weeks, 3-4 days per week, each class is 8 hours)

For Summer 2013 (June) consideration
Applications will be accepted starting at 1 p.m. April 8, 2013
(9 weeks, 3-4 days per week, each class is 8 hours)

For Fall 2013 (August) consideration
Applications will be accepted starting at 1 p.m. June 11, 2013
(18 weeks, 1-2 days per week, each class is 8 hours)

Southwestern College Nursing Program
Attn: Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa
8100 Gigantic Street, Room 4401
San Diego CA 92154
(619) 482-6352
(619) 216-6603 (fax)
www.swccd.edu/nursing