Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Certified Nursing Assistant Program

Q. What is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?

A. The nurse assistant is an important member of the health care team who provides direct care to patients in healthcare facilities, and home health settings. All Certified Nurse Assistant’s function under the supervision of the Licensed Nurse.

Q. What tasks do Certified Nursing Assistants perform?

Nursing Assistants work in a wide variety of settings; nursing homes, hospitals, adult day care centers, personal homes and assisted living facilities. A Certified Nursing Assistant performs many basic care tasks for patients, like grooming, dressing, bathing, eating and exercising. They also assist the nursing staff with medical tasks like monitoring vitals with medical equipment and reporting patient behavior and wellbeing.

Q. What are the additional responsibilities of a CNA?

A. The nursing assistant fulfills basic quality of life needs for patients of any age, ethnicity or gender in healthcare settings. Since nursing assistants have daily contact with patients, they are gatherers of vital information about the patients’ conditions, which they must then transmit to their supervisors. A CNA’s workload can become intense and fast-paced, but the human contact and ability to help those in medical need is a strong motivating factor. A desire to help people and compassion for patients can help a nurse’s assistant get through difficult days.

Q. What are the requirements to become a Certified Nursing Assistant?

A. To become a CNA in California, applicants must be at least 16 years of age, submit fingerprints upon enrollment, must have a physical exam stating that the applicant has no health condition that would create a hazard to him/ herself, or fellow employees, residents or visitors. A conviction screening must be completed before patient contact, along with a minimum of 160 hours of training and successfully complete a state competency exam upon completion of the training. Additionally, you will need to produce your Social Security Card and a Valid Government-issued Picture ID (Drivers License, State ID card or a US Passport).

Q. Do I need a GED or high school diploma to take the certified nursing assistant program?

A. No, you don’t. Professional Career Development Center does not require you to have high school diploma or GED to start the nursing assistant program. You can take a High School equivalency test and pass it to meet this requirement.

Q. Where can a CNA apply for a job?

A. Certified Nursing Assistants can apply for work in hospitals, sub-acute facilities, skilled nursing facilities, long term care facilities, clinics, psychiatric units, pediatric centers, day care facilities, assisting living units, hospice and home health agencies.

Q. Will I receive a diploma after completing my nursing assistant program?

A. Yes, you will receive a Certificate of Completion form the school which is a proof of the program completion.

Q. Can I get certified if I have prior convictions?

A. Since each case is different, we recommend that you get in touch with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), which oversees the CNA Program, to find out the answer for your specific situation.

Q. What should I do if I was convicted in the past?

A. After you have contacted CDPH and reassured yourself that you will receive a CNA certification in spite of your past conviction, you may proceed to the next step. Before you start any nursing assistant program in any approved training facility, the initial application form (283 B) must be submitted along your fingerprints for review.

Q. Whom should I notify if I change my address?

A. Please visit the CDPH website ( for the most up to date information on how to inform CDPH of your new address.

Q. May I perform the duties of a nurse assistant before I am certified?

A. If you are currently attending an approved training program in a nursing home, you have 120 days in which to complete the training and become certified. During that period, a student may not perform any duty for which they have not been trained and checked by the instructor. If you are not enrolled in an approved nursing facility training course, you may not perform any nurse aide duties until you become certified.

Q. I’m already a CNA in another state and moving to California. May I perform nurse assistant duties in California?

A. Please contact the Department of Public Health for State requirements. Contact at: (916) 327-2445 or visit at:

Q. How long does your CNA program take?

A. Our fast track CNA class prepares you to pass the State CNA Exam in as little as six weeks. View to see the scheduled upcoming classes.

Q. What is your pass rate and placement rate?

A. As can be seen in the disclosures on our website, we have a 97% pass rate on the State CNA Exam. All our graduates who passed the state certification exam have landed full time jobs as CNAs.

California CNA Certification Exam

Q. What do I need to know about the California State CNA Exam?

A. After completing the Nursing Assistant program, you must pass the California CNA examination, which is a two part examination consisting of a Written and a Clinical Skills section. The written test is a two-hour test with sixty multiple-choice questions in English. During the Clinical Skills portion of the test, you will be asked to perform live skills and be observed by a nurse evaluator. Successful completion of each skill is required in order for you to pass.We train you to specifically pass the California State CNA Exam.

Q. How much is the State CNA Exam Fee?

A. Please visit for more details.

Q. How soon can I test?

A. You can appear for the State CNA Exam as soon you finish the CNA course. We will assist you with submitting the application to take the test.

Q. Is there a time limit in which I must pass both exams?

A. You are allowed three (3) attempts within two (2) years after successfully completing a training program to pass both parts (written and skills) of the California State CNA Examination, to be eligible for placement on the CA Department of Public Health CNA Registry.

Q. How do I decide when to take the certification exam?

A. We strongly suggest you take it soon after completing your CNA course for the highest chance of passing it in the first attempt.

Q. How long will it take me to find out if I passed or failed?

A. Typically, Regional Testing Center notifies you within 24-48 hours.

Q. How long will my name remain on the California Department of Public Health registry?

A. Once you are on the California Department of Public Health CNA Registry, your certification will remain current for twenty four (24) months from the date you passed both parts of the State CNA exam (written and skills).

Q. Does your school offer CEUs to allow current CNAs to maintain their certification?

A. No we do not.

Q. Under what circumstances must I retake the Certified Nursing Assistant program again?

A. If your CNA certificate has expired for two years or more, you will need to retake the course.

Financial Assistance / Scholarships

Q. Do you have any source of tuition assistance for CNA students?

A. Yes, the school has access to State Grants that allow qualified students to receive tuition-free CNA education, in return for working as a CNA for one year with a single employer. These grants are very popular and are given on a first-comefirst-served basis. We recommend that you apply as early as possible.

Q. If I get my tuition funded under the State grant, will I have to pay it back from my salary after I get a job as a CNA?

A. No. Grant-funded students do not have to pay back the tuition. However, in return for the free tuition, you are required to work full time, for one year, with the same employer where you are placed. The school is not hiring you as a CNA – we are only referring you to local employers for placement.

Your salary is yours to keep.

Q. Who is going to be my employer? Will the school place me in a job as a CNA?

A. While the school cannot guarantee job placement, we work hard to find employment for our students. We have successfully placed 100% of our CNAs in Full time jobs. While we facilitate your employment, you ultimately decide who you want to work for, the pay rate you will accept, and the shift timings.

Q. How long does it take to receive grant-funded tuition assistance?

A.The school works with multiple grant agencies who typically take three weeks to process the paperwork. We assist you throughout the process. Further, the funding is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, we recommend you to appy as early as posssible.

Q. Will obtaining this grant-funded tuition for the CNA class affect my college Financial Aid in any way?

A. No. The grant funding agencies are different from the Title IV/Pell Grant Federal Financial Aid agency. Therefore, there is no impact on any of your Federal Financial Aid.

Q. What documentation will I have to provide after I start working as a CNA if I am a recipient of this grant-funded tuition?

A. Since the grant’s main objective is to create a trained workforce, the grant agency uses your employment as the measure of its success. You will need to provide your Offer of Employment and submit paystubs for the first six months as proof of continued employment.

Q. Why is the State of California funding the tuition fee for CNAs?

A. The State of California wants to produce more CNAs and put people into secure long-term jobs in a growing field. That is the reason the State is paying for your CNA Tuition fee.

Q. Does your school accept WIOA and Workman's Compensation Retraining Vouchers?

A. Yes, Professional Career Development Center is listed on the State of California’s Eligible Training Providers List (ETPL). We will be glad to help WIOA and GAIN program participants become successful CNAs.