Certified Nursing Assistant*

If you are interested in making a difference in people's lives, consider becoming a certified nursing assistant.  The West Hills College Coalinga Certified Nursing Assistant program prepares students for the field in just eighteen weeks! 

Students interested in enrolling in the WHCC Certified Nursing Assistant program must be at least 17 years of age, pass a physical examination, and submit fingerprints for FBI and DOJ clearances. 

Students studying in the West Hills' Certified Nursing Assistant program will learn laboratory skills and be provided with in-hospital training.  Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared for the certification examination. 

The Certified Nursing Assistant Program Admissions Process

Apply for Admission
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Complete CNA Application Forms
Complete and submit the Nurse Assistant Training Program Application and related forms and submit following instructions below*
Complete Application Packet
Notice: Please continue to check our website for updates on our application window for accepting the next cohort for the CNA program. 
  • In preparation for applying to the program when the application window opens...
    • Students MUST attend orientation in order to get into the Nursing Assistant Training Program, typically held in the evenings (dates to come).
    • All applications MUST be completed in their entirety prior to submitting.
    • A downloadable application link will be made available during the application window or paper-based version can be picked up at 300 Cherry Lane, Coalinga CA, 93210 in the Administration Building B. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm.
*Due to an overwhelming response to the C.N.A. course, the first 15 students who submit completed applications will be registered into the course. However, we will also accept 5 alternate student applications (to be completed if accepted into the course on space availability) which will be placed onto a waiting alternate list.

A notification will be posted when all spots have been filled however please call (559) 934-2236 first about the space availability prior to completing an application.
Additional Information
  • Students in the Certified Nursing Assisting Program are required to wear uniforms.

    Royal Blue Scrubs, Second Hand Watch, Stethoscope, blood pressure cuff and all white shoes (must be completely white/no cloth material). The uniform/supplies are required and the responsibility of the student to obtain after being accepted into the NATP/CNA Program.

  • To complete a background check:
    1) Log onto: http://www.sjvnecbackground.com/ 
    2) Please print and submit a copy of Disclosure and Authorization form to the Health Careers Office
    3) Please print and submit a copy of your paid receipt to the Health Careers Office
    4) Chain of Custody forms are available at the Health Careers Office upon receipt of copies from step 2 & 3

Nurse Assistant Training Program (Certified Nursing Assistant) is approved by the California Department of Public Health Licensing and Certification Program

Training Program Review Unit (TPRU) 
California Department of Public Health
Licensing and Certification Program
P.O. Box 997416, MS-3301
Sacramento, CA 95899-7416(916) 558-1784


* This program option is not eligible for federal student aid funding. Students who pursue this program option may seek financial assistance from the California Promise Grant which can help pay for enrollment fees if eligible.

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