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. Students will learn patient care, observation, and communication skills with an emphasis on caring for the geriatric resident in a Long Term Care facility. The program prepares students to be successful in the work place, learning employability skills and modeling workplace expectations. The program includes both classroom instruction and hands on clinical experience under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse. 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. This Program prepares students to obtain employment in a variety of settings, such as Skilled Nursing Facilities, Hospitals, Intermediate Care Facilities, and homelike settings. The Program prepares students to take a state exam upon completion of the program for certification.
Program Description: The Nurse Assistant—Certified Program
is designed to prepare students for the CA State Exam for Nurse Assistants.
Students will learn patient care,observation, and communication skills with an
emphasis on caring for the geriatric resident in a long term care facility.
The program prepares students to be successful in the work place, learning employability skills and modeling workplace expectations. The program includes both classroom instruction
and hands on clinical work experience under the direct supervision of a
Core Program Topics
Legal/Ethical Issues Vital Signs
Patient Rights Nutrition
Interpersonal Skills Emergency Procedures
Safety Anatomy & Physiology
Body Mechanics Restorative Care
Asepsis Observation and Charting
Weights and Measurements End of Life Care
Patient Care Skills Common Medical Conditions
We currently offer several different Program Class Schedules to meet your needs.
FOR STATE OF EMERGENCY:
Distance Learning Option:
This option is a 10 week Program comprising of both a Theory & Clinical component. It requires internet access to access Zoom online. All Theory Lectures will be done via Live Zoom Lectures. Attendance at all lectures is mandatory. The clinical component will be conducted at a Skilled Nursing Facility when possible. If this is not possible, due to the declared State of Emergency, we will conduct an alternate method of clinical training as a temporary method at the school Nursing Lab while maintaining social distancing, and using appropriate personal protective equipment. Some online and distance learning may be incorporated. This option is approved by CDPH as temporary for the declared State of Emergency Only.
The Day Nurse Assistant Program is a Full Time program and is generally offered 4-5 times per year and is completed in 9 weeks. The Program consists of 216 hours of instruction and includes both a theory and clinical component. The class meets M, T, W, Th (8am-3pm classroom days, & 7am-3pm clinical days. (PENDING RE-OPENING POST STATE OF EMERGENCY)
The Evening/Wkend Nurse Assistant Program is a Part Time program and offered two-three times a year and is completed in approximately 14-15 weeks. The Program consists of 216 hours of instruction and includes both a theory and clinical component. The current class meets T, W Th from 4-8 pm and some Saturdays (7am-3pm).
(PENDING RE-OPENING POST STATE OF EMERGENCY)
Strict attendance requirements are mandated in compliance with CDPH guidelines. Specific
requirements must be met upon entering this program:
Must be at least 16 years of age with proof of legal ID
Social Security card
NON-Tuition covered expenses:
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. A flu shot may also be required during flu season. CPR Certification. State Certification Exam, Livescan fingerprints
Theory and Clinical Instruction
Textbook and Workbook
Student liability insurance
Click the links below for more information on how to enroll and to view the Program Schedules.