Certified Nurse Assistant Program

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

Desert Valley Nursing Institute (DVNI). 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

licensed nurse.


                                             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

  •  Procedures                                                               Abuse


We currently offer 2 different Program Class Schedules to meet your needs.


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.

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).


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

  • CPR (BLS-AHA) prior to Clinical portion

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

                                                   Tuition Includes:

  • Theory and Clinical Instruction

  • Textbook and Workbook

  • Lab supplies

  • BP cuff/stethoscope

  • Gait belt

  • Student liability insurance

  • 2 uniforms

  • Livescan fingerprints


*Students are responsible for obtaining the required physical health screenings and immunizations, and State Exam fee.

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

Call us today (760) 935-3864  

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Resources and Regulations


CA Dept. of Public Health   P.O. Box 997416, MS 3301Sacramento, CA 95899-7377
cdph.ca.gov General information (916) 558-1784

RegulationsNurse Assistant TrainingCertified  California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 5, Chapter 2.5, Article 1-5. Please click 'Title 22', 'Division 5', 'Chapter 2.5', 'Article 1-5' ) Certified Nurse Assistant Training Federal Regulations Title 42 Code of Federal Regulations, 483.75 and 483 Subpart D (PDF)

                             It is preferable to FAX information to the CNA/HHA/Certification Unit, FAX (916) 552-8785, or send an email to the CNA email address cna@cdph.ca.gov