Find Local or Online
Nursing Programs

Select a program:

Select your state:


Follow NurseGroups on Pinterest

California CNA Certification (CA)

View our California CNA Program list.

California CNA Certification Requirements

To get your CNA certificate in California, you first need to complete the required course work and/ or training program. You will need to pass the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam. If you do not pass, you may retake the test up to three times in a 2 year period. There are many online CNA Test Prep resources if you need assistance. Applicants must then submit fingerprint cards. Licenses/certificates and will not be issued without the results of a state and federal background check coming back in good standing.

As prescribed by federal law, the typical California CNA certificate program lasts approximately 8 to 13 weeks to gain 75 accredited hours of CNA course work and 100 hours of clinical rotation. Individual schools often have special requirements to begin training. After passing the Certified Nurse Assistant exam, you must be placed on the California Nurse Aid Registry.

Required Hours for California CNA Certification

In California, you are required to complete a minimum of 75 hours of CNA course work and 100 hours of clinical rotation before challenging the state CNA licensing exam. The nurse aide classes typically last 2-6 months. Individual schools often have special requirements to begin the training program.

California CNA Certification Prerequisites

In California, CNA prerequisites include a current background check, two fingerprint cards, Photo ID, two photos (passport size). A negative TB test within the past 6 months and proof of immunizations will be required. You will also be required to show a high school diploma or GED.

California CNA Certification Resources

 

Featured Schools Accepting Students in California

Welcome to Carrington College - The Starting Point for Health Care Careers.


Nearby Campuses:
Chula Vista, CA

Explore a new career with Pima Medical Institute.

At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it.

The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started

Congratulations! Your interest in California College San Diego is an important first step toward changing your life. A career-focused degree is the key to a new career with a potentially higher income, better benefits, and more satisfaction.

At Concorde, you’ll find that a “learn by doing” approach to healthcare training will get you the skills you need to succeed-- and get you into the workforce quickly.


Nearby Campuses:
Clovis, CA

You can get started on a new career with Institute of Technology.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.iot.edu/disclosure


Nearby Campuses:
Rancho Cordova, CA
Are you interested in pursuing a high-tech career? Getting an education from ITT Tech is a great place to start!

Nearby Campuses:
Palm Desert, CA
Bakersfield, CA
Prepare for an exciting new career at the Milan Institute.

Nearby Campuses:
Ontario, CA
Fresno, CA
San Joaquin Valley College is an accredited private junior college committed to the professional success of its students and graduates.
Founded in 1977, SJVC has campuses located throughout California-including an Online division and offers a variety of accelerated Certificate and Associate of Science degree programs in the business, medical and technical fields.

Students benefit from a balance of classroom instruction and real-world experience, learning the skills they need to go straight to work in today’s competitive job market.