Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) are health care workers who provide care to a variety of patients in medical settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and mental health facilities. They work under the direct supervision of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) or Registered Nurses (RNs) and often assist patients with activities of daily living such as eating, dressing, and exercise. They also take and record patient vital signs, record intake and output of fluids, and provide other services to patients. Some CNAs also clean up rooms, stock supplies, and deliver messages.
To become a CNA, completion of hands-on medical training at a state-approved facility is required. Individuals must complete at least 75 hours of training and pass a state examination to become licensed as a CNA. The licensure enables individuals to work at all medical facilities in the state of California. CNA training programs are commonly offered by vocational and technical schools, community colleges, and some nursing care facilities. Many programs take between 6 and 12 weeks to complete and some programs, such as those offered by community colleges may take up to 40 weeks. The costs to complete CNA training typically ranges from $500 to $1,000 and assistance may be available for students who qualify.
State-Approved CNA Schools in San Jose, California
Northern California Vocational College
Offers two CNA programs: a 15-week Certified Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide program and a 40-week Certificated Nurse Assistant program. The 40-week program prepared students to apply for the California Certificated Assistant Examination. This institution enables students to use financial aid and/or student loans to pay for their CNA education.
500 E. Calaveras Blvd.
Suite 305 & 306
Milpitas, CA 95035
Silicon Valley School of Nursing
Offers three CNA programs that are approved by the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, and California Department of Public Health Services. The programs include Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Home Health Aide, and Acute Care Nursing Assistant. The school is also a test site for the California CNA license examination.
1620 Oakland Road
San Jose, CA 95131
St. Francis Career College
Offers a 170-hour CNA program that lasts 6 to 8 weeks and day and evening options are available. The maximum amount of students allowed in the class is 15. All students are required to attend a new student orientation.
749 Story Road
San Jose, CA 95112
Offers a 6-week CNA program that includes 16-unit modules that focus on theory and clinical instruction. Prepares students to take the California Certification Examination.
3031 Tisch Way
San Jose, CA 95128
South Bay School of Nursing
Offers A CNA program that includes 50 hours of classroom instruction and 100 hours of supervised clinical training and prepares students to take the State Competency Examination.
1630 Oakland Road
San Jose, CA 95131
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