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Get Certified with California’s Best Nursing Assistant Program

If you're interested in providing essential care to patients in a variety of healthcare settings, start the Nursing Assistant program today

8-Week* Nurse Assistant Certificate Program in South Los Angeles, CA

Be trained to become a Nurse Assistant with the necessary knowledge, clinical skills, and professionalism expected by employers to provide the highest quality of comfort and care to patients by helping them with their daily activities.

For existing C.N.A’s, LVN or Patient Care Technician is a good option. Medical Assistant is a great foundation for those applying for the Ultrasound Technician and Nursing programs.

Healthcare Career College, located in Paramount, CA, serves nursing assistant students in Long Beach, Compton, Lakewood, Downey, Bellflower, Norwalk, Cerritos, the greater Los Angeles area and north Orange County.

The best way to see if Healthcare Career College is the right fit for you is to attend an information session. You can book an information session to get a true feel for what it’s like to be a part of the Healthcare Career College community. Schedule an information session now or Get more info.

Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide

8 Week* Certificate | $39,280 median annual salary**

  • 14% Job Growth Over Next 10 Years
  • Graduates hired by nursing homes, hospitals, & home healthcare services
  • Advance into a Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Geriatric Care Manager and much more!

* Program length when completed in normal time
** visited on August 12, 2021. Salary source for nursing assistants with the lowest 25th percentile earning $32,270 to the highest 75th percentile of workers earning $44,610.

Become a Qualified Nursing Assistant

Nursing assistants offer a vital service in the healthcare field. They provide direct patient care and assist with activities of daily living — a much-needed service in home health care settings.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth in this field will grow by 8% between 2019 to 2029. If you’re looking to apply for our home health aide program in California, you must meet the following requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • 16 years or older
  • Ability to read, write, and speak English
  • Possessing a current government-issued ID and valid social security card
  • Demonstrate your financial capability to meet the program’s tuition, book, and testing fees
  • Medical clearance
  • Accomplished entrance forms

Those who have passed a CNA course and want to complete the 40-hour HHA training, please submit the following:

  • Proof of successful passing of the CNA certification exam (including your name and date of certification or confirmation of completion from a home health aide program recognized by California)
  • Updated CPR card

Once you have successfully met the requirements, you’ll gain access to a care-based curriculum where you will learn:

  • Medical and dental office procedures
  • Insurance billing and collections
  • Procedure and Diagnostic Coding
  • Patient Assessment and Documentation
  • Basic home health aide care such as vital signs monitoring, home exercises, therapeutic treatments
  • Infection control procedures for long-term care facilities
  • How to assist with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, and grooming
  • How to assist with ambulation and transfer techniques

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Program Features:

  • Bilingual student assistance
  • Above 90% certification exam passing and job placement rate
  • Hands-on experience with patients at the clinical site
  • Certification exam preparation and testing on campus

Job Outlook:

  • Small and large organizations hiring
  • Employment growth of 14.3% from 2018 to 2028**
  • Career growth potential
  • Certification is accepted nationally
Being enrolled in Healthcare Career College had opened many doors for me. As a student, I was always encouraged by the staff and my instructors every day. I was determined to make everyone proud, and learn as much as I could about ultrasounds. Everything that was available to us was extremely helpful and brought out every students potential.
Jose O., Healthcare Career College Graduate

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Nursing Assistant school are hired by Nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and home health agencies because of the higher level of professionalism and quality of care they provide for their patients.

Our Nursing Assistant program graduates have been hired by:

  • College Hospital
  • Windsor Palms Care Center
  • Right at Home
  • Lakewood Park Health Center
  • And more!

Median Pay: $11.65/hour**

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How to Become a Nursing Assistant in California

Direct care workers have different certification requirements. To become a certified nursing assistant in California, you must:

1. Complete Training Requirements

Attend a state-approved nursing assistant training program to learn the skills and knowledge you need to pass the certification exam.

2. Complete Clinical Hours

At least 120 hours of home aid training, including 20 hours of supervised clinical practice and 75 hours of classroom lecture. Those who have already undergone nurse assistant certification must take an additional 40-hour training program which includes 20 hours each of classroom and clinical training.

3. Meet Additional Requirements

Employers may require fingerprinting and background checks. California utilizes Live Scan, a biometric identification system, which transmits your data to the Department of Public Health for background checking. You must renew your certification every two years to maintain it.

4. Take the Final Exam

Once you have completed your classroom lectures and practicum, you will qualify for the final assessment.

5. Be Registered

After you pass the final exam, you will be listed on the California Home Health Aide Registry and can begin applying for jobs.

6. Stay Up-to-Date with Continuing Education

To stay competent and knowledgeable, the state of California mandates that home health aides renew their certifications every two years on their HHAs birthday. They’ll also need to complete at least 12 in-service training hours annually through approved providers.

Check Out Other Healthcare Career Training Opportunities at Healthcare Career College

Medical Assistant
Medical Billing and Coding
Dental Assistant
Physical Therapy Aide
Massage Therapy

Is a Rewarding Career in Nursing Assisting Right for You? Get More Info…

If you’re interested in learning more about careers in Nursing Assisting and exploring whether Healthcare Career College is right for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

For immediate questions, call (562) 804-1239

*Program length when completed in normal time.

**Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey 2021