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to the Dorothy D. Rupe CNA / HHA Program


**PLEASE NOTE:   Applications to the CNA Program will be accepted beginning January 5, 2015.  Students from the existing wait list were given priority to fill the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2015 classes.  Any available seats will be filled from the applicants who apply on or after January 5.  There will be available seats in spring, so apply early if you are interested!  

In addition to the regular spring and fall classes, we will be adding an evening / weekend class in Spring 2015 (see Calendars), and there will be two summer sessions in Summer 2015.

A wait list will no longer be maintained.  Prospective students who apply during the open application period who are not admitted will need to apply again during the next open application period.

You may apply in person, or send your application to SBCC, Health Technologies Office, 721 Cliff Drive, SB, CA   93109.

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 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)
    (Applications will open again on January 5, 2015)
    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
  • 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 (this is done during the 1st week of classes) (Click 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

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