Certified Nurse Assistant
   NATAP-Nurse Assistant Training Program                   
pending CDPH approval 

     We are pleased that you are interested in the Nurse Assistant-Certified Program at

Desert Valley Nursing Institute (DVNI). This is a Program designed to prepare students for employment as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in a variety of settings such as Skilled Nursing Facilities, Hospitals, Intermediate Care Facilities, and homelike settings. The program prepares students to be successful in the work place, learning employment skills and modeling workplace expectations. 


     Successful completion of this Program prepares the student to take the CA CNA State Exam.  The Nurse Assistant Training Program (NATP) is approved by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Program Description:

The CNA program is comprised of 2 components: 64 hours of theory, and 100 hours of supervised clinical training. This is a full time program and students should expect to spend approximately 15 hours per week of module lectures plus outside reading and study time.

Students will learn patient care skills, observation, and communication techniques with an emphasis on caring for the geriatric resident in a long term care facility. This online NATP follows standards for asynchronous instruction. Asynchronous instruction is more independent and follows 17 self-guided modules. This type of instruction demands student discipline and commitment, as students will be expected to complete assignments at their own schedule as long as they meet weekly course deadlines. Students will receive a calendar with specific module due dates, which will be due on a weekly basis. Students will also be required to have daily interaction with the instructor via email or phone to discuss progress and answer questions. "Daily interaction" is considered interaction with the instructor a minimum of 3 times per week (a week is Sunday-Saturday). Failure to meet assignment deadlines or interact with the instructor daily may result in termination from the program. 

This program meets state standards for minimum theory and clinical hours. Strict attendance requirements are mandated in compliance with CDPH guidelines. The maximum allowable missed time for clinical training is 7 hours, which must be made up. Failure to meet online completion deadlines or exceeding authorized missed time in the clinical setting may result in termination from the program or additional fees. 

Class Schedule: (2 1/2 months)

Theory-Online Instruction (Asynchronous)
The online theory component shall be completed prior to the beginning of clinical training (approximately 4 1/2 weeks).The clinical training will immediately follow.

Clinical Hours: (3 days/week for 6 weeks) Tues, Wed, Thurs 7am-2 pm with a 1 hour lunch break 
Clinical Site Locations:  Exact clinical site location will be determined by DVNI based on site availability

Palm Desert, CA
Rancho Mirage, CA


Curriculum will include the 17 Modules required by CDPH as listed below.


                                             Core Program Topics

  •  Introduction                                                                      Vital Signs

  •  Patient Rights                                                                   Nutrition

  •  Interpersonal Skills                                                           Emergency Procedures

  •  Prevention and management of unusual occurrences    Long Term Care Patient

  •  Body Mechanics                                                              Restorative Nursing

  •  Medical and Surgical Asepsis                                         Observation and Charting

  •  Weights and Measurements                                            Death and Dying

  •  Patient Care Skills                                                            Abuse

  •  Patient Care Procedures                                                               


Technology Requirements
The student must have high speed internet connection and a valid email address. Laptop or computer must have a webcam, audio, and video capability with Windows 7 or higher. Google Chrome is the recommended browser. Pop-up windows must be enabled in your settings. (Disable pop-up blockers as many items  will occur as a pop-up window). Students will be expected to check emails daily.

 Admission Requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age  

  • Social Security card or TIN

  • Proof of legal photo identification

  • Live scan Fingerprints prior to beginning the program

  • $150 Registration Fee (non-refundable)

  • Covid-19 Vaccination with booster 

  • Signed Identity Attestation 

Prior to Clinical Training

  • Health & Physical Form signed by practitioner, stating that the student has no health condition that may create a hazard to him/herself, staff, or patients. (must be current within 3 months of the clinical training start date).

  • Proof of negative TB test or chest x-ray (must be current within 3 months of clinical training start date)

  • Proof of influenza vaccine (flu shot) if the program session occurs during flu season (determined by clinical site)

  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination plus booster 

  • CPR Card (Basic Life Support-BLS through American Heart Association-AHA)

  • Covid testing may be required by clinical sites depending on current mandates (student responsibility)

Enrollment Fee $150 (non-refundable)

Tuition:  $2100

Covered Expenses:

  • Lab supplies for skills lab practice

  • BP cuff/stethoscope

  • Gait belt


Non-Covered expenses:

  • Livescan fingerprints prior to program start (approximately $58)

  • E-Textbooks (approximately $75)

  • Uniform (approximately $60/set)

  • Physical and TB test

  • Covid-19 vaccination/testing, flu shot may also be required by clinical sites

  • CPR Certification- BLS through American Heart Association 

  • State Certification Exam (approximately $120)

Enrollment Procedure: 
Click on the link below to enroll in the Online NATP. You will be taken to DVNI's LMS (learning management system). You may self-register. Once you complete the self-registration form, you will need to submit the enrollment agreement, copy of photo ID, SS card, identity attestation form, and submit your enrollment fee payment within 3 business days. Then your spot is secured and enrollment is complete. Once you complete the registration form, you will have access to the Program Student Information Packet. You must read the Enrollment information form for complete enrollment details and due dates. 

Instructor Availability: Asynchronous learning is designed as an independent learning model to provide the learner flexibility. However, the student will receive ongoing instructor support. Daily interaction between the student and instructor is paramount to student success, and therefore is a requirement of this program.  The instructor will be available for daily interaction with students during regular office hours Monday-Thursday 10am-2pm. The purpose of this interaction is to keep an open line of communication regarding student progress, and provide an opportunity for the student to ask questions and gain clarification on subject material. It is understandable that students may also have questions or the need for communication in addition to these office hours. Therefore, the instructor will make reasonable attempts to answer questions after office hours, and will respond within one business day at the latest. 



A letter grade will be given based on the accumulation of all Module quizzes. Each Module quiz must be passed with a minimum score of 70% to be able to move forward to the next Module. 

Clinical Performance:  Clinical skills are tested as pass/fail. You must correctly demonstrate clinical skills through direct observation by your instructor in the clinical setting.  You will receive Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory status. Failure to satisfactorily complete a skill/skills may result in delay or incompletion of the program.

Theory Quizzes:  You must obtain a minimum 70% on all Module quizzes and a cumulative grade of 70% to pass this course.

90-100% A
80-89%  B
70-79%  C
60-69%  D
0-59%     F


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