CNA Classes in Modesto CA

In order to qualify for a CNA state certification exam, one needs to graduate from an accredited CNA program. The training won’t only prepare individuals for the exam, but also prepare them to enter the workforce as CNAs. Though CNA training and the consequent state certification exam isn’t the only way to enter the healthcare industry, it is one of the easiest, most cost-effective, and flexible ways to begin a career in healthcare.

CNAs can work in many care settings whether it be in a hospital, nursing facility or a retirement home. California Department of Public Health (CDPH) – approved facilities would only accept state-certified nursing assistants – the opposite is also true for CNAs. Throughout their careers in these facilities, CNAs can acquire more skills that can enable them to take specialized job positions like a pediatric nursing assistant or acute care nursing assistant.

Becoming a CNA is also a great stepping stone in pursuing higher education. CNAs can easily pursue nursing or other careers in medicine. Having a job experience in a nursing facility is a great advantage, especially when applying to a nursing school. It is also easy to get a letter of recommendation from a direct supervisor which, in a CNA’s case, is often a Registered Nurse. Aside from nursing and medicine, CNAs can also pursue careers as a psychiatric aide and a radiologist/sonographer.

There are many opportunities available – opportunities that are made more attainable through CNA training.

Modesto Junior College

Modesto Junior College’s (MJC) West Campus is accredited to offer a CNA training program. Established in 1921, MJC currently has about 19,262 students attending about 82 Associate Degree Programs, 54 Certificate Programs, and 19 Skills Recognition Awards program.

MJC students that complete their one-semester Nursing Assistant Program qualify for a Skills Recognition Award. The MJC vocational faculty facilitates all career training programs. These training programs are in cooperation with local business owners that provide input on essential skills they seek for in an employee.

The NA course is divided into 50 hours of classroom lecture and 100 hours of clinical experience. Students need to achieve at least a “C” grade in order to qualify for the state certification exam. In order to qualify for the Skills Recognition Award, students must complete the five units of the required curriculum.

Applicants should have at least a high school diploma or a GED certificate in order to qualify for admission in MJC and the NA program. Once enrolled in the program, students are required to attend an orientation where they will be instructed on the necessary clearances for clinical experience. These clearances include a health clearance (medical history, immunization records, TB skin test (TST)), and fingerprinting/background check. Students will receive the forms for the Nurse Assistant Certification Application (HS-283B) on the first day of class.

Program costs include books, admission fee, health clearance, state certification examination application fee, and state certification examination fee for a total of $650. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Contact the MJC Allied Health Department by phone (209-575-6362) or visit their website for more information.

ROP in Modesto City Schools

Regional Occupational Programs (ROP) are training courses that are available for both high school students and adults. Courses are available in these fields of studies: business, consumer/home economics, health services, and industrial technology. The courses prepare individuals for employment and help foster positive work attitudes and habits. Upon completion of a course, students and adults qualify for entry-level jobs, advanced training, and enrollment in either a community college or a technical school.

Modesto ROP courses are offered at different high schools in the Modesto school district. There are one-hour courses and two-hour capstone courses. The Nurse Assistant Precertification (CNA/HHA) course is approved by the California Department of Public Health – Licensing and Certification Program. The two-semester program is also available for adults. The first two weeks of classes will be dedicated to classroom lecture. The consecutive weeks will be spent on a 100-hours hands-on training in a convalescent hospital. Students need to undergo a background check and drug screening in order to continue with this part of the training. They also need to demonstrate adequate clinical skills before they are given assignments in the training station. Upon completion of the course, students can take the Home Health Aide course or proceed with the state certification exam.

Contact the Modesto City Schools’ School-to-Career Education by phone (209-492-4222) or visit them at 1017 Reno Avenue Bldg. B, Modesto, CA 95351.

Here are other schools and facilities that are approved to offer CNA training:

Avalon Training Center

1900 Coffee Road, Modesto, CA 95355

Phone: 209-548-0318

Community Hospice (Continuing Education)

4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356

Phone: 209-578-6300

866-645-4567 (Toll-Free)

Doctors Medical Center (Continuing Education)

1441 Florida Avenue, Modesto, CA 95350

Phone: 209-578-1211

Sutter Memorial Medical Center – Education Department (Continuing Education)

Health Education and Conference Center,

McHenry Village, 1700 McHenry Avenue, Suite 60B, Modesto, CA 95350

Phone: 209-548-7880

Sutter Care at Home (Continuing Education

1316 Celeste Drive, Suite 140, Modesto, CA 95355

Phone: 209-571-1055

Optimal Health Services (Continuing Education)

1101 Sylvan Avenue, Suite B-10, Modesto, CA 95350

Phone: 209-338-3000

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