Health Occupations: Nursing Assistant Certificate

Nursing Assistant Certificate

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Nursing Assistant - Certificate of Proficiency

The Nursing Assistant Certificate of Proficiency prepares students for entry-level employment in the healthcare field. Nursing Assistants provide direct care to patients in residential, skilled nursing and hospice care facilities under the supervision of a licensed nurse.

Completion of the Nursing Assistant courses provides eligibility for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

HEALTH OCCUPATIONS PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE POLICY: Due to requirements from the California Department of Public Health, acceptance into the Nursing Assistant program will be dependent on the following.

Nursing Assistant Program Acceptance

  • Attendance at an information session (dates will be posted online)
  • Completion of the College Placement Exam (assesses English, reading, and math)
  • Submission of an application for the CNA program by the specified deadline. Applications are available online at
  • It is recommended that students have completed HOC 001 prior to applying for this program.

For any questions regarding non-acceptance into a program, please contact a counselor for an educational plan.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Students will use the language of the profession of nursing to communicate appropriately using verbal, written and technological methods.
  • Students will analyze relevant information in the utilization of the nursing process, applying principles of evidence-based practice as needed.
  • Students will identify personal and professional growth through retrospection of nursing care.
  • Students will complete all requirements for eligibility to apply for the Nursing Assistant Certification and pass the state examination.
To earn this certificate, students must meet the following requirements with a C (or P) or better.



  • Requirements here apply to the current catalog year and are subject to change.  Visit DegreeWorks in My Mission Portalto view requirements based your catalog year.
  • Not all classes are offered each semester.

Required Core Curriculum Courses
Code Class Units
HOC 019A Nursing Assistant Fundamentals (3.5 Lecture/0.5 Lab) 4.0
HOC 019B Nursing Assistant Clinical Experience (2.0 Lab) 2.0
Units Required
Total Required Units 6.0
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Career Outlook
Skills Needed
  • Drug administration
  • Patient monitoring
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Knowledge of medical terminology
  • Proficient in patient care and safety
  • CPR 
  • Customer service
  • Infection control
  • Patience and empathy
  • Adaptability
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Select Jobs in the Field

CNAs work in many healthcare environments including the following.

  • Hospitals
  • Long-term residential facilities
  • Nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Adult daycare centers