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Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and other medical staff. CNAs clean and bathe patients; assist patients with dressing and using the restroom; position patients in beds, chairs or wheelchairs; serve meals and assist the patient with eating; and check the patient’s vital signs. Depending on the level of training and the state, some nursing assistants administer medication. In the state of California this is permitted, but it must be done under the direct supervision of a physician.

Because they perform some of the most physically and emotionally demanding tasks in the healthcare industry, nursing assistants are a valuable asset in hospitals, nursing care facilities, and residential care settings. In fact, projected employment growth for nursing assistants is 21% for the 2012-2022 decade and salaries are competitive, especially in California. Nursing assistants in the state expect to earn a median salary of $28,210 annually, which is $3,000 above the national median of $24,890 per year.

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To ensure that nursing assistants have the skills needed to meet the demands of the job, the federal government requires education, training, and certification of all aspiring CNAs. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) oversees the state’s certification process, and it lists nearly 400 state-approved nursing assistant programs. These programs typically take less than one year to complete.

Below is a list of nursing schools in California that offer some of nation’s best nursing assistant programs.

Featured Schools


Bakersfield College
1801 Panorama Drive | Bakersfield, California 93305
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Inland Empire

Beaumont Adult School
1575 Cherry Avenue | Beaumont, California 92223
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
California Nurses Educational Institute
5200 East Ramon Road, Suite I-1 | Palm Springs, California 92264
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program
1214 Indiana Court | Redlands, California 92374
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Palo Verde College
One College Drive | Blythe, California 92225
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Riverside City College
4800 Magnolia Avenue | Riverside, California 92506
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Summit College - Colton
851 South Cooley Drive | Colton, California 92324
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
West Coast Ultrasound Institute - Ontario
3700 East Inland Empire Boulevard, Suite 550 | Ontario, California 91764
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Los Angeles County

American Career College - St. Francis in Lynwood
3680 East Imperial Highway, Fifth Floor | Lynwood, California 90262
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Angeles College
3440 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 310 | Los Angeles, California 90010
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education
4640 North Maine Avenue | Baldwin Park, California 91706
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Career Development Institute
1830 South Robertson Boulevard | Los Angeles, California 90035
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program
1501 West Del Norte Street | West Covina, California 91790
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Hacienda La Puente Adult Education
14101 East Nelson Avenue | La Puente, California 91746
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Infotech Career College
8527 Alondra Boulevard, Suite 174 | Paramount, California 90723
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pomona Adult & Career Education
1515 West Mission Boulevard | Pomona, California 91766
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Preferred College of Nursing - Carson
1950 East 220th Street, Suite 209 | Long Beach, California 90810
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Preferred College of Nursing - Los Angeles
3424 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1100 | Los Angeles, California 90010
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Trinity Vocational Center
1149 West 190th Street, Suite 2000 | Gardena, California 90248
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
West Coast Ultrasound Institute - Beverly Hills
291 South La Cienega Boulevard, Suite 500 | Beverly Hills, California 90211
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Orange County

Summit College - Anaheim
1360 South Anaheim Boulevard | Anaheim, California 92805
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate


American River College
4700 College Oak Drive | Sacramento, California 95841
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center
5451 Lemon Hill Avenue | Sacramento, California 95824
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

San Diego County

Brightwood College - Vista
2022 University Drive | Vista, California 92083
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
MiraCosta College
One Barnard Drive | Oceanside, California 92056
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
San Diego Continuing Education
4343 Ocean View Boulevard | San Diego, California 92113
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

San Francisco Bay metro area

Mt. Diablo Adult Education
1266 San Carlos Avenue | Concord, California 94518
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Visalia / Porterville area

College of the Sequoias
915 South Mooney Boulevard | Visalia, California 93277
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate