Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program

  • The Lake County Office of Education offers a course designed to train you to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive a certificate of completion and are eligible to take the state certification exam.

    Learn more about the program by visiting the CNA Program Details page.

    What Is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)? 

    Under the supervision of a health professional, usually a licensed nurse, a CNA provides basic nursing services to ensure the safety, comfort, personal hygiene, and protection of patients/residents in a licensed long-term, intermediate health care facility or hospital.

    Why Become a Certified Nursing Assistant?

    This is an in-demand career with many jobs available. There are an estimated 230 Certified Nursing Assistant new and replacement job openings in Mendocino and Lake Counties (2018, Economic Modeling Specialist, Intl.)

    The average salary for Certified Nursing Assistants upon program completion and certification is currently $12 - $15 an hour in Lake and Mendocino counties.

    Certified Nursing Assistants often go on to become Licensed Vocational Nurses and/or Registered Nurses, and completion of a CNA program is a prerequisite for admission into many regional nursing programs.

    The CNA Program is offered twice each year, once in the Fall (Aug-Nov/Dec) and once in the Spring (Feb-May).

    Our application period for the Spring 2021 CNA Program (Feb-May, 2021) has come to a close.

    Information and applications for our Fall 2021 CNA Program (Aug-Nov, 2021) will be available in March 2021.

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