Certified Nursing Assistant Program

The CNA program is not being offered at this time. Prospective students are advised to check our website for the latest information related to the CNA program. 

Search for an accredited CNA program in California via the California Department of Public Health website.

Valle Verde in Santa Barbara offers a CNA program!

Ventura Training Institute in Ventura County offers a CNA 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.

A CNA is an important member of the Healthcare team who helps people in need. In the 12-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. CNAs work in skilled nursing facilities with the elderly, in hospital settings, and in homes.
Any applicant with the basic skills listed below can be a CNA.
  • Skills Advisories: ENG 88 and Composition and ENG 103 Critical Thinking and Reading.
  • ESL students must have completed Level 5.
  • Math proficiency: Basic arithmetic is necessary including ability to do addition, subtraction, fractions, and percentage.


Contact Information:

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

Fax:  805-963-7222
Attn: CNA Program

Email: healthtech@pipeline.sbcc.edu
Phone:  805-730-4166