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Certified Nurse Assistant

     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 Training Program (NATP) 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  hours a minimum 60 hours classroom instruction and 100 hours of 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 one-two times a year and is completed in approximately 14 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).

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

requirements must be met upon entering this program. Classes may be cancelled or postponed for low enrollment.

 Admission Requirements:

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

  • Social Security card or TIN #

  • Live scan Fingerprints before the first day of class

  • $150 Registration Fee (non-refundable)-will hold your spot in the class

  • Covid Vaccination with booster

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. If you have a history of positive PPD or BCG vaccine, you may need proof with chest xray or TB blood test. Covid-19 vaccination & periodic testing. Flu shot may also be required by clinical sites. CPR Certification. State Certification Exam.


Click the links below for enrollment information and to view the Program Schedules.

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