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.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we did NOT hold a fall 2020 CNA class nor will we be holding a spring 2021 CNA class.  

We are maintaining a waitlist for the next available class, which has grown beyond the capacity of the fall 2021 class.  You may submit the program application (found below) via email to ljmichalak@pipeline.sbcc.edu

We look forward to welcoming you into the next class!

Here is a link to another CNA program if you want to get started sooner:  Ventura Training Institute

What is a Certified Nursing Assistant?

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.

Who is eligible to be a CNA?

Skills Advisories:  ENG 88 Reading 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 additon, subtraction, fractions, and percentage.

Students must complete an application process which includes:

  • an SBCC application (www.sbcc.edu/apply)
  • an application to the CNA program(CNA 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


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