Home Health Aide/Nurse Assistant (CNA)

What will I learn in this program?

Graduates of this 18 week full time program will be highly qualified for entry-level positions as health care providers. They are qualified for positions in acute care and convalescent facilities as well as home care agencies and out-patient clinics. Critical thinking concepts and principles will serve as a framework for studying the nursing and behavioral sciences within a health promotion/risk reduction, multicultural based curriculum.  This program is approved by the California State Department of Health Services. Successful completion qualifies the graduate to: 1) take the Nurse Assistant Competency Examination to obtain State Certification for practice; 2) obtain Home Health Aide Certification without further examination.

What kind of jobs can I get once I complete the program? How much will they pay?  What “demand” is expected for these jobs?


Average Annual Salary

Expected Regional Demand

Home Health Aides


Average Demand

Nursing Aides, Orderlies and Attendants




Average Demand

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers




Average Demand

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses




Average Demand


Does this program have any special enrollment requirements?

Applicants must take a placement test, attend a program orientation, and meet all program prerequisites.  Enrollees must be in good physical and mental health and be over 18 years of age.  The Department of Health Services, Nurse Assistant Certification Division requires fingerprinting and disclosure of misdemeanor and felony convictions for all applicants.

Completion of ENGL L or ESL 140 or placement in ENGL 90 or ESL 150

A physical examination

Immunizations: Hepatitis B, Rubella, Varicella, Mumps, and T.B.

Current CPR certification

Fingerprinting submitted to Department of Health Services

Does this program have any special costs?

Students must buy the prescribed textbooks for the courses, uniforms for the clinical setting, a Red Cross Manual for State Certification, I.D. badge, and a $90.00 Fee for State Certification Exam.

How long will it take to complete this program?


Time to Complete*

Home Health Aide/Nurse Assistant / Acute Care Certificate of Accomplishment

1 Semester

*Based on full-time attendance or 12 units per semester

How do I get more information on this program?

Department contact information:
Southeast Center, 1800 Oakdale Ave. San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 550-4344

Program coordinator information:
Ann Mayer
(415) 561-1909