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to the Dorothy D. Rupe CNA / HHA Program

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.

Summer 2017:  The CNA program will not be offered in the summer 2017 semester.

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

Spring evening/weekend:  This CNA 101 course admits 15 students and is held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4:00 to 8:00 pm and Saturdays from 6:50 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Memory Care (CNA 105 & CNA 106):  The Memory Care program focuses on care of patients with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.  If you are pursuing the LVN program, the Memory Care program will fulfill the CNA requirement.  Please call 805-730-4166 if this interests you.

We look forward to being able to welcome 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 (the summer class, when offered, is 6 weeks long) 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 semesters, CNA 101 is followed by CNA 103 (Acute Care) and CNA 102 (Home Health Aide).


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 (
  • 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
  • a criminal background check; accepted students are fingerprinted at SBCC prior to the beginning of the semester. If you have been convicted of a crime; click here for more info)     



What is the time commitment for this course?

Class schedule for CNA 101:

Weeks 1 and 2    
Tuesdays and Wednesdays:   Classroom 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fridays:                               Classroom 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  Lab 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Weeks 3 through 10:    
Tuesdays and Wednesdays:   Clinical setting   6:50 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!


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