Certified Nursing Assistant Training School Fresno & Clovis, CA

Certified Nurse Assistant


Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Duties

A Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) is responsible for assisting patients with daily task and provides basic nursing services under the supervision of a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), or a Registered Nurse (RN). They serve as a conduit between patients, nurses and doctors. CNA’s record as well as communicate all issues to the medical staff.

Depending on where a CNA works, other duties might include transporting patients to operating rooms or treatment units and setting up equipment at a nurse or doctor’s request.

164 Hours / 12 Weeks / 3 Months

54 hour Didactic/On Campus Lab Training Program in Fresno, CA
Externship: 110 hours. Shifts varies by site
Meets California State Certified Nursing Assisting Requirements


  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Be a high school graduate or have achieved a passing score on the general educational development (GED) test or documentation of equivalent education.
  • Clean criminal background

    Criminal Background Clearance Process:

    California Department of Public Health (CDPH) evaluates criminal convictions for any offense and either grants or denies criminal record clearance by reviewing evidence of good character and rehabilitation provided by applicants ,or information gathered by CDPH in relation to criteria outlined in Health and Safety Code Section 1337.9(c).

    Per CDPH, for individuals (potential students) who have any convictions, or have questions about their ability to obtain the Live Scan/Department of Justice (DOJ) background clearance, you can request an “inquiry” with the CDPH.

    Health Requirements:
    To enter into and complete the certified nursing assistant and/or home health aide programs the students must be able to meet the following requirements.

    Students must have sufficient emotional stability to perform under stress produced by academic study and the necessity of performing patient care in real patient care situations while being observed by instructors and agency personnel.

    Physical Requirements
    In addition to the following physical requirements, students must have adequate management of chronic illnesses so that neither patients nor the student is at risk of harm. Students must complete all required immunizations and the health screening to participate in the nursing program.
    Abilities related to strength and stamina: Students must be able to:
    Work at various clinical sites up to 12 hours per day.
    Attend theory classes up to 5 hours per day.
    Lift patients of various sizes and weights into, onto and out of bed.
    Push, pull, lift, turn as in patient positioning, making occupied beds and manipulating equipment.
    Lift up to 50 pounds, floor to waist and waist to shoulder.
    Power grasp (as in bed to gurney transfer, gurney and wheelchair control).
    Walk up to 500 feet.
    Sit for prolonged periods.
    Stand for prolonged periods.

    Abilities related to flexibility: Students must be able to:
    Reach above shoulder height Bend over Crouch to stoop Twist
    Abilities related to fine manipulation: Students must be able to:
    Manipulate ampules, syringes, medication containers.
    Write legibly.
    Enter data on computer screens and keyboards.

    Sensory abilities: Students must be able to:
    See well enough to read syringe graduations and medication labels.
    Hear well enough to receive information accurately over the telephone and to discriminate sounds heard through a stethoscope.
    Use all physical senses (hearing, seeing, feeling, smelling) in a manner that allows the nurse to accurately assess the patient and clinical situation.

    The daily duties of a CNA depend on their work setting, and include the following:

    • Observing residents.
    • Reporting any health issues to the supervising nurse.
    • Taking care of a resident’s personal hygiene.
    • Monitoring vital signs including temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure.
    • Setting up of meal trays, and documenting food / fluid intake.
    • Feeding residents.
    • Serving nutritional supplements.
    • Making beds.
    • Bringing the resident to the therapy area.
    • Turning bed ridden residents to prevent bedsores.

    Upon completion of the Nurse Assistant program, graduates should possess the following competencies:

    • Ability to function as a member of the health team within the health care facility
    • Proper patient care
    • Identify crucial elements of safety and infection control
    • Demonstrates effective use of communication and documentation skills
    • Demonstrates Scope of Professional Practice, Nursing Laws and Regulatory Standards of Care
    • Assists with treatments and procedures, and specimen collection

    Graduates can work at…

    • Nursing and long-term care facilities
    • Hospitals