Nurse Assistant

9.3 Credit Units

This 9.3 credit units (160 clock hour program prepares the student for California Certification as a CNA. It is designed to provide the student with nursing theory, laboratory, and clinical experience necessary to work as a CNA in a variety of health care settings. Instruction will be held at Mission Career College, and the clinical component will be held at several community-based facilities.

Certified Nursing Assistants are health care professionals who work in a variety of health care settings under the direction of a licensed nurse. Job responsibilities include assisting with personal hygiene and grooming (for example, bathing, dressing, nail care), mobility (transferring, positioning, ambulation), nutritional and elimination needs (feeding, bedpans, emptying urine collection bags), comfort activities (back rubs, answering call lights, maintaining privacy), assessment and care planning (vital signs, collecting specimens, recording and reporting observations), safety and environmental cleanliness (keeping environment clean, maintaining infection control, caring for equipment), and miscellaneous tasks (transporting residents, delivering specimens, assisting with special procedures).

CNA 101-Long-Term Care

On completion of this course, the student meets California requirements to take the State Certification Exam for CNA’s. Basic nursing theory and skills are taught in the classroom and laboratory setting, and students are supervised in giving care to residents in the long-term care facility (nursing home). The focus of this course is on the care of the elderly resident. Course content follows the California State approved CNA curriculum.

CNA Certification:

A federal law (OBRA) enacted on April 1, 1987, requires all students completing an accredited nursing program to be tested in theory and clinical skills. As mentioned above, after taking CNA 101 the student qualifies to take the CNA State Exam.

The student has 3 opportunities to pass the exam, which consists of a multiple choice and a skills performance component. After successfully passing both parts, the student is certified as a CNA for 2 years. To remain active, this certification must be renewed every 2 years. Successful completion of 48 units of continuing education and at least 8 hours of paid employment must be completed for certification renewal. If the certificate is not renewed, the student must take the class and State Exam again in order to be able to work as a CNA. The student is responsible for following up with certificate renewal and knowing his/her renewal date. Renewal dates will be indicated on the CNA certificate.


Must be in good health. Applicants are required to have passed a health examination. If, at any time (either before or after acceptance into the program), a student’s physical or emotional health is such that it is a potential threat to the wellbeing of patients, the applicant will be denied admission to, or subsequently withdrawn from the Program.

AFTER ACCEPTANCE AND BEFORE THE CNA/HHA PORGRAM students are required to submit:


Nurse Assistants will NOT be certified by the State of California if convicted of certain Penal Code Violations. Additional information will be given at the scheduled information meetings.


All initial and renewing CNA certification applicants who have not been cleared through Aide and Technician Certification Section (ATCS) and employees of Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF) for Developmentally Disabled (DD), Developmental Disabled-Habilitative (DDH), and Developmental Disabled-Nursing (DDN), must submit their fingerprints for clearance using the live scan method.
Upon Successful Completion, the graduates receive a Certificate of Completion.

Occupations/Job Titles:

31-1014.00 – Nursing Assistants: Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.

Sample of reported job titles: Certified Medication Aide (CMA), Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Certified Nurses Aide (CNA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA), Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA), Nurses’ Aide, Nursing Aide, Nursing Assistant, State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)