CNA Training in California

by Maria Pavel on March 23, 2011

California has state guidelines for all CNAs that have been mandated by OBRA 1987 to make sure that the care quality is set on a high scale according to long term care facilities. Because of this, CNAs are required to have formal training that exceeds most other states requirements in order to benefit both patients and the CNAs themselves.

If you are looking for an opportunity to work in the medical field as a CAN, then you will find that the Department of Health Services Office are the ones that are responsible for monitoring, maintaining, and approving all qualified CNAs in California.

In order to become a CNA in California, you must pass the written and skill portions of the state required exams and show both physical and mental proficiency in performing on the job. You must also have a good work record and be certified to work in California. The hourly wages for a CNA in California vary depending on your experience, but on average you can expect between $19,991 to $35,647 a year, which translates to roughly $8.66 to $10.87 an hour. With more experience, your hourly wages could be a bit higher that that, though.

The training program in California requires you to have at least 150 hours both in the classroom and in clinical instruction. These required hours may be a bit different depending on which state training program you take, but as a general reference, 150 hours is normal. If you are approved to work as a CNA in another state and decide to move to California, you can qualify to be a CNA in California without having to worry about taking the training evaluation that is required. You will still need an active certificate and have a good work record, but you won’t have to worry about the 150 hours of training that is needed by non-certified CNA’s.

You can find more information from the following:

* Allan Hancock College Santa Maria. Courses cost $312 with other fees not included.

* American River College Sacramento. Course tuition is $156 for residents, $1296 for non-residents, and $1404 for international residents. Courses are 63 hours of classroom study and 135 hours of clinical instruction.

* Antelope Valley College Lancaster and Palmdale. Tuition is $130 for residents and $305 for non-residents plus other fees that are associated with training. 50 hours of classroom study and 112 hours in clinical study required.

* Los Angeles Harbor College Wilmington. Cost is estimated around $556 and includes student fees and associated organization fees as well.

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