CNA Classes in California

CNA 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.

Name City Address Type Graduation Rate
Platt College-Los Angeles Alhambra 1000 South Fremont Avenue, A10, Alhambra, California 91803 4-year, primarily associate’s, Private for-profit 47%
Bakersfield College Bakersfield 1801 Panorama Dr, Bakersfield, California 93305-1299 2-year, Public 18%
Beaumont Adult School Beaumont 1575 Cherry Ave, Beaumont, California 92223 < 2-year, Public 29%
West Coast Ultrasound Institute Beverly Hills 291 S La Cienega Blvd Ste 500, Beverly Hills, California 90211 2-year, Private for-profit 72%
Palo Verde College Blythe One College Drive, Blythe, California 92225 2-year, Public 20%
Summit College Colton 851 S. Cooley Dr, Colton, California 92324 < 2-year, Private for-profit 70%
Mt Diablo Adult Education Concord Loma Vista Adult Center – 1266 San Carlos Avenue., Concord, California 94518-1199 < 2-year, Public 70%
Trinity Vocational Center Gardena 1149 W 190th St Ste 2000, Gardena, California 90248 < 2-year, Private for-profit 100%
Hacienda La Puente Adult Education La Puente 14101 E. Nelson Ave, La Puente, California 91746-0002 < 2-year, Public 80%
Long Beach City College Long Beach 4901 E. Carson St., Long Beach, California 90808-1706 2-year, Public 18%
Angeles College Los Angeles 3440 Wilshire Blvd Ste 310, Los Angeles, California 90010 4-year, primarily associate’s, Private for-profit 84%
Career Development Institute Los Angeles 1830 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90035 < 2-year, Private for-profit 86%
Preferred College of Nursing-Los Angeles Los Angeles 3424 Wilshire Blvd Ste 1100, Los Angeles, California 90010 < 2-year, Private for-profit 70%
American Career College at St Francis Lynwood 3680 E. Imperial Highway, 5th Floor, Lynwood, California 90262 < 2-year, Private for-profit NA
Modesto Junior College Modesto 435 College Ave, Modesto, California 95350-5800 2-year, Public 17%
MiraCosta College Oceanside One Barnard Drive, Oceanside, California 92056-3899 2-year, Public 27%
Butte College Oroville 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville, California 95965-8399 2-year, Public 29%
California Nurses Educational Institute Palm Springs 5200 E. Ramon Rd. Suite I-1, Palm Springs, California 92264 < 2-year, Private for-profit 80%
InfoTech Career College Paramount 8527 Alondra Blvd, #174, Paramount, California 90723-5258 < 2-year, Private for-profit 71%
Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program Redlands 1214 Indiana Ct, Redlands, California 92374 < 2-year, Public 80%
Riverside City College Riverside 4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, California 92506 2-year, Public 25%
Riverside County Office of Education Riverside 9825 County Farm Road, Riverside, California 92503-3504 < 2-year, Public 81%
American River College Sacramento 4700 College Oak Dr, Sacramento, California 95841-4286 2-year, Public 27%
Charles A Jones Career and Education Center Sacramento 5451 Lemon Hill Ave, Sacramento, California 95824-1529 2-year, Public 83%
Kaplan College-San Diego San Diego 9055 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, California 92123 2-year, Private for-profit 79%
WestMed College San Jose 3031 Tisch Way, 1st Floor, Ste 3PW, San Jose, California 95128-2541 < 2-year, Private not-for-profit 72%
Mission College Santa Clara 3000 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, California 95054-1897 2-year, Public 28%
Medical Allied Career Center Santa Fe Springs 12631 East Imperial Highway Bldg D-108, Santa Fe Springs, California 90670-4710 < 2-year, Private for-profit NA
College of the Sequoias Visalia 915 S Mooney Blvd, Visalia, California 93277-2214 2-year, Public 17%
Kaplan College-Vista Vista 2022 University Dr, Vista, California 92083-7736 2-year, Private for-profit 79%
East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program West Covina 1501 W Del Norte St., West Covina, California 91790 < 2-year, Public 89%

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.

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.

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.

State 2010 2020 Percent Change Projected Job Openings
California 109,500 134,100 23% 3,880


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.

Type Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 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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