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Nurse Assistant Training Program (NATP) 

This course covers basic nursing skills, medical terminology, basic anatomy and physiology. Completion allows students to sit for the California State nurse assistant certification exam. The course is taught by a licensed nurse. Theory classes are held on Zoom, labs and additional meetings are held at Del Norte High School, and clinicals meet at a North County Skilled Nursing Facility. Students must have computers with Internet, audio, and video. Class meets 12 hours per week: one Thursday and every Friday from 4:00-8:00pm and Saturdays from 7:30am-4:00pm for 16 weeks. Students spend 60+ hours learning theory and 100+ hours learning clinical skills at a skilled nursing facility. Additional hours are for lab, test preparation, a CPR class, "Meet the Employer" event, and (12) make-up hours. Students in this program must have proof of Covid vaccination, be prepared to participate in Covid testing if required, meet health requirements, and pass a Department of Justice background check. (See "Criminal Review" at the bottom of this page for background check details). Attend a FREE Information Session for more program details. Email Denise McAndrews at [email protected] for more information.

Classroom Address: Del Norte High School 16601 Nighthawk Ln, San Diego, CA 92127 - Room P-116 -
Del Norte High School map to classroom parking area on campus School Location  Map Link to school site 

Online Live Zoom Meetings: Watch the video tutorial on how to download Zoom

Students who enroll in the course must attend one (free) Information Session. Register at Poway Adult School to attend the FREE Information Session which is offered on Zoom 2-3 times each semester. Contact us if you can't make it to one of the Sessions!

June 12, 2024
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Please register in advance online or at the Poway Adult School.
Meet on Zoom on the scheduled date to learn all about the CNA program!
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Zoom link 

August 22 is a Thursday and is a MANDATORY in-person meeting
in the classroom at Del Norte High School P-116 from 4:00-8:00pm.
Regular class meetings occur Fridays 4:00-8:00pm and Saturdays 7:30am-4:00pm
Come back in August for the live link to the Fall Schedule here

Attendance, Participation, and Completion Requirements

Full attendance is the expectation for the course. The first 20 hours of the program are critical to your ability to attend clinical days. Students who miss any hours during these dates may not be able to attend clinic as scheduled. One make-up theory and one make-up clinical are offered as a courtesy near the end of the course to help students who have missed class due to illness or emergencies. Students who are absent more than the make-up hours allow will be marked "Incomplete" for the course. They may be offered the option to return next semester to complete hours and missed modules. However, they may be required to pay the registration fee again. Students must make-up all missed modules/hours. Please note the class schedule when registering and ensure your prompt and regular attendance to the correct location for the class session.

To complete the program and qualify to take the State certification exam, students must complete 60 theory hours, 100 clinical hours, and pass all modules at 75% or better (as measured on Module Exams and skills assessments). 

Zoom and Technical Requirements
The theory portion of this program is offered on Zoom with the teacher and students present in real time. Students must have a computer with good access to the Internet and audio and video capabilities. Using smart phones is not allowed for course participation. Contact us if you can't meet the technical requirements. 
Students must be visible on the computer screen at all times and not otherwise doing anything else while in their Zoom class. This includes not being on the job or caring for children /  others. Teachers will mark students as "not in attendance" for any time students are not visible or able to answer when called upon.

Program Costs
The registration fee payable to the Poway Adult School is $995 and includes the textbook, workbook, and fingerprinting. Additional fees throughout the course are estimated at $200 - $300 and include:

  • Medical exam and TB Test (by the first week of the course)
  • CPR class / card (approximately $60 in class, typically the first meeting of the course)
  • "Ceil Blue" Scrubs (needed no later than the first clinical day, usually week 3 or 4)
  • Shoes (needed by the first clinical day. Clean, closed toed, athletic / tennis shoes)
  • Optional equipment you may choose to own such as BP cuff, stethoscope, etc.
  • Certification exam $120 (this requires a cashiers check about 30 days before the last class date)
Payment Plans and Scholarship Opportunities

Full payment: Open or create your student account at to add the course to your cart. Go to "Course" and click "Catalog" to find Nurse Assistant and select the highlighted course number. Then, add it to your cart and pay in-full. If you are having trouble, call the Adult School for help at (858) 668-4024.

Payment plan:  First, register with a deposit by calling the Adult School office at (858) 668-4024. Then, agree to a payment plan by completing this Google Doc. The suggested plan is a deposit of $195 and four monthly payments of $200. The full cost of the course must be paid prior to the last day of class. 

Need-based Scholarships 
Please Contact us to request a link to the Scholarship Application. Most applicants will be required to provide documentation showing they receive Local, State or Federal support.

Steps to Complete Before Starting Class
  1. Make an appointment with your doctor to complete your medical requirements. Then, print this Medical form and take it to your medical appointment to be signed, initialed and dated by your doctor
  2. Take a TB test and have it read. Make a copy of your TB results
    IMPORTANT! The dates for your TB test and medical exam may not be older than 3 months prior to the class.
  3. Make a copy of your Covid vaccine and flu shot cards
  4. Complete the California Department of Public Health 283b form found here . TYPE your answers into the online form (do not hand write). For Section IV, enter the following information:

    School Name = Poway Adult School
    Address = 13626 Twin Peaks Rd, Poway, CA 92064
    Training Program ID Number = ELS 3
    • Print the form before closing it. Sign your section above where the Nurse / Teacher signs

  5. Locate your social security card and your government issued photo ID card to bring to class
  6. Purchase Ceil Blue scrubs (top and bottom with pockets).  Ceil Blue example here and ensure you have clean, skid-resistant, closed-toed shoes, any color (tennis / athletic shoes are acceptable)
  7. Go to the School to have your School Photo ID badge created (appointment required)
  8. Check emails and spam for how to access your Canvas course. First time attendees of the Poway Adult School: Follow the instructions to create a School email account. This will give you a "Single Sign-on"
  9. Locate your e-textbook online before the first night of class
  10. Contact the School before the first day of class if you cannot access your Canvas page or e-book
IMPORTANT! Do not email forms. Save copies of your forms for your records. Bring hard copies of all your documents and forms to the first day of on-campus class
IMPORTANT! Ensure your name is the same on all of your cards and forms

Drops and Refunds
If you need to drop the course after the start date, you may be responsible for the costs of fingerprinting and textbooks. Additional drop fees may apply based on when a drop occurs.
  • Students who drop the course prior to the first class date shall receive a full refund.
  • Students who drop the course within 8 scheduled class sessions shall receive a 75% refund.
  • Students who choose to drop the course after 8 scheduled class sessions shall forfeit all fees.

Criminal Record Review
The course requires students to complete a background check. If you have questions or concerns about the check, please read the following information on Criminal Record Review.
If you have concerns about passing a background check, please complete a Criminal Record Review before taking this course. For information on Criminal Record Review, please visit the Criminal Record Review page. For information regarding Criminal Background Clearance, contact the Criminal Background Section - (916) 449-5775 or (916) 552-8854 - Criminal Background Section: P.O. Box 997416, MS 3304, Sacramento, CA 95899

The School is your training provider. Other agencies have roles in the completion of your receiving your State certification. Please be aware of those agencies and their contact information!
State Certification Exam Information
Poway Adult School 2023-2024 Student Handbook
California Department of Public Health all you need to know about nurse assistant certification
More CDPH Important Resources here
Download a NATP Candidate Handbook and more here 
Regional Testing Center Information
Association for Certified Nurse Assistants
Job Market Info and more
Help for English second language learners of Nurse Assisting

Your Goals, Our Data
This course is provided by State funds and your fees. In order for the School to comply with State requirements, we need to collect information from students about their goals, job outcomes and starting salaries when hired after our programs. Please help us by answering the data questions when asked during and after your class.

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