Certified Nursing Assistant Program

Welcome to the Dorothy D. Rupe CNA / HHA Program

Fees waived!  The Dorothy D. Rupe grant pays the enrollment and all mandatory fees* for all CNA courses, textbooks, California State Certification Test fee, Fingerprint fee, and provides one uniform for all CNA students.  Student must incur the costs for their CPR class, physical exam requirements, and any optional SBCC fees.  *Note:  Out-of-state and International tuition must be paid by the student.

Applications may be submitted at any time to the Health Technologies Office.  Seats for the next available class are filled on a first-come, first-served basis when ALL requirements (application and other forms are found below) have been submitted.

There is no application deadline; seats are filled first-come, first-serve by students who complete and submit all requirements to the Health Technologies Office.  Once the specified number of applications has been received, a wait list is maintained.

Fall and Spring:  Both the fall and spring CNA classes admit 45 students.  Classes are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. AND Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Applications may be submitted now for the Spring 2020 class.  As of 9/16/19 there are 15 seats filled and 30 open.

We look forward to welcoming you into the next class!

What is a Certified Nursing Assistant?

A CNA is an important member of the Healthcare team who helps people in need. In the 10 - week program, the student learns safe and effective ways to assist ill, disabled, and / or elderly people with the basic activities of living, such as:

  • bathing
  • dressing
  • feeding
  • toileting
  • grooming
  • mobility

Students also learn communication skills, professional behavior, the importance of teamwork, and how to provide social and emotional support to the people they care for. CNA's work in skilled nursing facilities with the elderly, in hospital settings, and in homes.

In the fall and spring daytime classes, CNA 101 is followed by CNA 103 (Acute Care) and CNA 102 (Home Health Aide). Students must pass CNA 101 in order to continue in CNA 103 and CNA 102.

Who is eligible to be a CNA?

You must be eligible for English 70 and 80.

ESL students must have completed Level 5.

Students must complete an application process which includes:

  • an SBCC application (www.sbcc.edu/apply)
  • an application to the CNA program(CNA/HHA application)
    Please note: completing the above applications does not mean that you have been enrolled in the class. You must complete ALL of the following requirements and submit them to the Health Technologies office before being eligible for enrollment.
  • a current physical exam
    (MD Physical form) (Student Physical form) both need to be completed
  • Physical exam requirements
  • Local SB clinics (if needed) Student's own physician may be used as well 
  • a current CPR card from an AHA course for the Health Care Provider or Professional Rescuer (CPR)
  • verification of updated immunizations and TB testing (MMR and TB)
  • a valid Social Security card
  • Admitted students will be fingerprinted prior to the start of the program; you will be given information about this after program acceptance.
  • IF YOU HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF A CRIME; click here for steps that must be taken  You must have this taken care of prior to starting the program (this is independent of the fingerprinting requirement)    

What is the time commitment for this course?

Class schedule for CNA 101:

Weeks 1 through 3    
Tuesdays and Wednesdays:   Classroom 8:00 am - noon
Fridays:                               Classroom 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  Lab 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Beginning week four:    
Tuesdays and Wednesdays:   Clinical setting   6:45 am to 2:00 pm
Fridays:                                Classroom 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  Lab 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

 Check out "COURSE INFORMATION" tab for other CNA courses!

Mailing Address:
Health Technologies Office       
721 Cliff Drive             
Santa Barbara, CA  93109

Fax:  805-963-7222        
Attn: CNA Program

Email: michalak@sbcc.edu
Phone:  805-730-4166