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Nursing Assistant


Students in this program are currently required to have a COVID-19 vaccination prior to participating in the Community Classroom (internship) portion of the program due to current industry guidelines.



This program only accepts high school seniors. Juniors are encouraged to enroll in Introduction to Health Careers.

Location: CTEC

Program Description

Being part of a medical team is the fundamental responsibility for a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).  Career trends surveys indicate that between 2016 and 2022, Certified Nursing Assistant jobs will increase by 15 to 21% nationally.

ROC’s Nursing Assistant program is a one year course that provides instruction in general patient care for working in hospitals, doctors’ offices and other health care facilities.  During second semester of the program, students serve an internship at a local convalescent facility. Upon successful completion, students are prepared to sit for their state CNA exam.

Nursing Assistant students learn:

  • Procedures for taking vital signs
  • Hands-on patient care techniques
  • Correct use and function of equipment including mechanical lifts
  • Methods for measuring patient height and weight

Professional Certification opportunities

Certifications offered to students completing the Nursing Assistant program include:

  • Health Care Provider CPR Certification
  • California State Certified Nursing Assistant Certification (opportunity to sit for exam)

Enrollment Pre-Requisites

Nursing Assistant students must have a social security number, physical exam, Tuberculosis clearance, and a current immunization record.  Fingerprinting is required prior to clinical training.  Students must also have a solid attendance record and “C” or higher average in English, as well as English language proficiency.

High School credit available

Students earn 10 units of biological science credit, 5 units of health credit, and 15 units of elective credits for successfully completing the full year (2 semesters) that will be applied toward their high school graduation.

Bakersfield College credit available

Nursing Assistant is articulated with Bakersfield College courses in:

MEDS B69 – Nurse Assistant (6 units)
Students meeting BC’s established criteria can earn up to 6 units of BC credit in addition to the above high school credit.

Career Pathways and Related Occupations

This is a career awareness class that instructs students on the basics necessary for entry-level employment.  Successful Nursing Assistant students often pursue careers in the following:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Registered Nurse