Health Occupations: Nursing Assistant - Certificate

Nursing Assistant - Certificate of Proficiency

The Nursing Assistant Certificate of Proficiency prepares students for entry-level employment in the healthcare field. Nursing Assistants provide direct care to patients in residential, skilled nursing and hospice care facilities under the supervision of a licensed nurse. Completion of the Nursing Assistant courses provides eligibility for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

HEALTH OCCUPATIONS PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE POLICY: Due to requirements from the California Department of Public Health, acceptance into the Nursing Assistant program will be dependent on the following:

Nursing Assistant Program Acceptance
  • Attendance at an information session (dates will be posted online)
  • Completion of the College Placement Exam (assesses English, reading, and math)
  • Submission of an application for the CNA program by the specified deadline. Applications are available online at
  • It is recommended that students have completed HOC 001 prior to applying for this program.

For any questions regarding non-acceptance into a program, please contact a counselor for an educational plan.

Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will use the language of the profession of nursing to communicate appropriately using verbal, written and technological methods.
  • Students will analyze relevant information in the utilization of the nursing process, applying principles of evidence-based practice as needed.
  • Students will identify personal and professional growth through retrospection of nursing care.
  • Students will complete all requirements for eligibility to apply for the Nursing Assistant Certification and pass the state examination.
To earn this certificate, students must meet the following requirements with a C (or P) or better. 



  • Requirements here apply to the current catalog year and are subject to change.  Visit DegreeWorks in My Mission Portal to view requirements based your catalog year.
  • Not all classes are offered each semester.
Required Core Curriculumn Courses:
Code Class Units
HOC 019A Nursing Assistant Fundamentals (3.5 Lecture/0.5 Lab) 4.0
HOC 019B Nursing Assistant Clinical Experience (2.0 Lab) 2.0

Units Required

Total Required Units 6.0
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Career/Transfer Opportunities:

The Certified Nursing Assistant is a member of the health care team who works under the LVN, RN or Physician. Employment opportunities for the Nursing Assistant include long-term care facilities, private duty, assisted living, adult day care facilities, pediatric sub-acute and mental health facilities. Home health aides work primarily in homes and as a visiting care provider (ie: hospice care or public health aide).