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
Core Program Topics
Legal/Ethical Issues Vital Signs
Patient Rights Nutrition
Communication and Interpersonal Skills Emergency Procedures
Patient and Personal 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 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:
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
Theory and Clinical Instruction
Textbook and Workbook
Student liability insurance
*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.