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Nurse Assistant-Certified

 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.  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 Program is approved by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). This Program prepares students to obtain employment in a variety of settings, such as Skilled Nursing Facilities, Hospitals, Intermediate Care Facilities, and homelike settings. 

Program Description:

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 program includes required hours of classroom instruction and hands on clinical training under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse. Curriculum will include the 17 Modules required by CDPH as listed below.


                                             Core Program Topics

  •  Legal/Ethical Issues                                                  Vital Signs

  •  Patient Rights                                                            Nutrition

  •  Interpersonal Skills                                                    Emergency Procedures

  •  Safety                                                                        Long Term Care Patient

  •  Body Mechanics                                                       Restorative Care

  •  Asepsis                                                                     Observation and Charting

  •  Weights and Measurements                                     End of Life Care

  •  Patient Care Skills                                                     Abuse

  •  Procedures                                                               


We currently offer several different Program Class Schedules to meet your needs. Please see below for updated Program adjustments during the declared State of Emergency.


Full Time Program is offered 4-5 times per year and is completed in 2 months. The Program consists of both a theory and clinical component. The class meets M, T, W, Th (9am-2pm theory days, & 7am-2pm clinical days). 

Part Time Program is offered two-three times a year and is completed in approximately 14-15 weeks.  The Program consists of both a theory and clinical component.  The current class meets

T, W Th  from 4-8 pm and 2-3 Saturdays (7am-3pm or 4pm).

Strict attendance requirements are mandated in compliance with CDPH guidelines. Specific

requirements must be met upon entering this program.

 Admission Requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age with proof of legal ID

  • Social Security card

  • Live scan Fingerprints

  • $150 Registration Fee (non-refundable)

  • Proof of Covid Vaccination 

Tuition Includes:

  • Theory and Clinical Instruction

  • Textbook and Workbook

  • Lab supplies

  • BP cuff/stethoscope

  • Gait belt

  • Uniform

  • NON-Tuition covered expenses:

  • Livescan fingerprints prior to program start. Physical exam with proof of Negative TB test must be completed prior to the clinical component and must be current within 3 months of beginning the clinical portion. Covid-19 vaccination & periodic testing. Flu shot may also be required by clinical sites. CPR Certification. State Certification Exam.

Click the links below for more information on how to enroll and to view the Program Schedules.

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