Nursing Assistant Programs

Nursing assistants are important health care professionals who handle day-to-day care of patients.  There is currently high demand for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), Acute Care Nursing Assistants, and Certified Home Health Aides in southern California and throughout the state.  In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists nursing assistants as one of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States. Opportunities for work and upward mobility in healthcare will provide you both job security and exciting challenges for many years to come.

The CNA and CHHA programs are both licensed through the State of California, Health & Human Services, Department of Public Health, Licensing & Certification Section.  The public, prospective students, and applicants can access information and all requirements and forms at:

Nursing Assistant Program Registration

Attendance at an orientation session is required prior to enrollment in a Nursing Assistant Program. We encourage you to learn more by registering for a mandatory orientation.  For orientation information email your questions to  The program includes the components listed below.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

The Certified Nursing Assistant course includes theory and clinical segments.  It prepares students to work as an entry level healthcare provider with patients in a long-term care facility, under the direction of a nurse.  Upon completion, the student is prepared to take the California certification exam.

Certified Home Health Aide

The Certified Home Health Aide class is 40 hours additional training which includes 20 hours each of theory and clinical.  Upon completion, the student will be certified as a Home Health Aide. Mt. SAC students who complete the CNA course and pass the state exam may continue into this course.

Acute Care Nurse Assistant

The Acute Care Nurse Assistant is a CNA who works in various departments of acute care hospitals, within the scope of practice of the CNA.  Mt. SAC students who complete the CNA course and pass the state exam may continue into this course.