CNA Classes in CaliforniaCNA classes in California offer residents the opportunity to earn their certification and begin working as Certified Nurse Aides in just a matter of months.

Home to America’s largest healthcare system, “The Golden State” is expected to lead the nation in demand for new CNAs through the end of the decade. By starting your CNA training now, you can take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and launch your career in healthcare.

CNA Certification in CA

To become eligible to sit for the state’s certification exam, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requires candidates to have proof of completion from a state-approved program consisting of at least 150 hours of training (100 of which must be in a clinical setting), and be at least 16 years old.

Students who have previously completed an accredited LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) or RN program in California are automatically eligible to challenge for CNA certification as well.

CNA Classes in California – Now Accepting Students!

NameCityAddressTypeGraduation Rate
Platt College-Los AngelesAlhambra1000 South Fremont Avenue, A10, Alhambra, California 918034-year, primarily associate’s, Private for-profit47%
Bakersfield CollegeBakersfield1801 Panorama Dr, Bakersfield, California 93305-12992-year, Public18%
Beaumont Adult SchoolBeaumont1575 Cherry Ave, Beaumont, California 92223< 2-year, Public29%
West Coast Ultrasound InstituteBeverly Hills291 S La Cienega Blvd Ste 500, Beverly Hills, California 902112-year, Private for-profit72%
Palo Verde CollegeBlytheOne College Drive, Blythe, California 922252-year, Public20%
Summit CollegeColton851 S. Cooley Dr, Colton, California 92324< 2-year, Private for-profit70%
Mt Diablo Adult EducationConcordLoma Vista Adult Center – 1266 San Carlos Avenue., Concord, California 94518-1199< 2-year, Public70%
Trinity Vocational CenterGardena1149 W 190th St Ste 2000, Gardena, California 90248< 2-year, Private for-profit100%
Hacienda La Puente Adult EducationLa Puente14101 E. Nelson Ave, La Puente, California 91746-0002< 2-year, Public80%
Long Beach City CollegeLong Beach4901 E. Carson St., Long Beach, California 90808-17062-year, Public18%
Angeles CollegeLos Angeles3440 Wilshire Blvd Ste 310, Los Angeles, California 900104-year, primarily associate’s, Private for-profit84%
Career Development InstituteLos Angeles1830 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90035< 2-year, Private for-profit86%
Preferred College of Nursing-Los AngelesLos Angeles3424 Wilshire Blvd Ste 1100, Los Angeles, California 90010< 2-year, Private for-profit70%
American Career College at St FrancisLynwood3680 E. Imperial Highway, 5th Floor, Lynwood, California 90262< 2-year, Private for-profitNA
Modesto Junior CollegeModesto435 College Ave, Modesto, California 95350-58002-year, Public17%
MiraCosta CollegeOceansideOne Barnard Drive, Oceanside, California 92056-38992-year, Public27%
Butte CollegeOroville3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville, California 95965-83992-year, Public29%
California Nurses Educational InstitutePalm Springs5200 E. Ramon Rd. Suite I-1, Palm Springs, California 92264< 2-year, Private for-profit80%
InfoTech Career CollegeParamount8527 Alondra Blvd, #174, Paramount, California 90723-5258< 2-year, Private for-profit71%
Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational ProgramRedlands1214 Indiana Ct, Redlands, California 92374< 2-year, Public80%
Riverside City CollegeRiverside4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, California 925062-year, Public25%
Riverside County Office of EducationRiverside9825 County Farm Road, Riverside, California 92503-3504< 2-year, Public81%
American River CollegeSacramento4700 College Oak Dr, Sacramento, California 95841-42862-year, Public27%
Charles A Jones Career and Education CenterSacramento5451 Lemon Hill Ave, Sacramento, California 95824-15292-year, Public83%
Kaplan College-San DiegoSan Diego9055 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, California 921232-year, Private for-profit79%
WestMed CollegeSan Jose3031 Tisch Way, 1st Floor, Ste 3PW, San Jose, California 95128-2541< 2-year, Private not-for-profit72%
Mission CollegeSanta Clara3000 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, California 95054-18972-year, Public28%
Medical Allied Career CenterSanta Fe Springs12631 East Imperial Highway Bldg D-108, Santa Fe Springs, California 90670-4710< 2-year, Private for-profitNA
College of the SequoiasVisalia915 S Mooney Blvd, Visalia, California 93277-22142-year, Public17%
Kaplan College-VistaVista2022 University Dr, Vista, California 92083-77362-year, Private for-profit79%
East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational ProgramWest Covina1501 W Del Norte St., West Covina, California 91790< 2-year, Public89%

Maintaining Your Certification

Certified Nurse Aides in California are required to renew the certification every two years in order to remain listed in the California Certified Nurse Aide Registry. To be eligible for renewal, the CDPH requires applicants to have completed 48 hours of Continuing Education or In-Service Training since the last renewal date. Applicants who have not met this requirement must retest for certification.

CNA Jobs in California

Demand for Certified Nurse Aides in California is expected to outpace the national average. As the following table illustrates, the need for new CNAs is expected to rise by 21% through 2018.

State20102020Percent ChangeProjected Job Openings


CNA Salary in California

Per the latest official data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median CNA salary in California is approximately $27,600 per year. The table shown below dissects CNA pay within the state in more detail.

TypeBottom 10%Bottom 25%MedianTop 75%Top 90%
California Hourly$9.98$11.43$13.56$16.58$20.40
California Yearly$20,800$23,800$28,200$34,500$42,400

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California Department of Public Health
California Office of Administrative Law
National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA)
National Network of Career Nursing Assistants (NNCNA)
Resources for Programs in California
Resources for Programs in San Diego
Resources for Programs in Sacramento
State by State Interactive Map
Guide to CNA Courses
Resources for CNA Programs Online

Live in southern California? Visit our San Diego page to find programs near you.

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