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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, every Friday from 4:00-8:00pm and every Saturday 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, CPR class, "Meet the Employer" event, and (12) make-up hours.

Student Requirements 

  1. Covid vaccination or exemption status (received at clinical site)
  2. Department of Justice background check
  3. Attend a FREE Information Session.
    1. You can sign up at
  4. Computer, Zoom and access to a strong internet connection
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 

To learn more about the Nurse Assistant (CNA) program please attend one of our free informational sessions. All students planning to enroll in the program MUST attend one (1) of the following events
1. June 12, 2024 from
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
2. July 23, 2024 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
 Register in advance here (Search course #13136) or call the Poway Adult School at (858) 668-4024. 
Meet on Zoom on the scheduled date to learn all about the CNA program!
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August 9, 2024 - December 8, 2024
Thursday, August 8 - MANDATORY in-person meeting
Del Norte High School P-116 from 4:00-8:00 pm.
Meeting Times
Zoom: Fridays from 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Clinical: Saturdays 7:30am - 4:00pm
State Certification Exam Friday, December 13, 2024
Detailed Fall 2024 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). 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 $300 - $400 and include (see scholarships below for hardships):

  • Medical exam and TB Test (by the first week of the course)
  • CPR class / card (approximately $65) See here for details
  • "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)
  • Complio fee (NEW. Details to be announced)
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:
1. Register with a deposit by calling the Adult School office at (858) 668-4024.
2. Complete the Payment Plan Form here. The available payment plan option is $195 due at registration and four monthly payments of $200. The full cost of the course must be paid prior to the last day of class. The School cannot process auto pays. So, please make your payments monthly or as stipulated in your plan.

Two Available Opportunities:
  1. HCAI Scholarship Application  (Financial need scholarship info)
  2. Palomar Health Pathways Foundation (For over-burdened youth ages 18-26)
Most applicants will be required to provide documentation showing they receive Local, State or Federal support.

Steps to Complete Before Starting Class
  1. Completed Medical form that must be signed, initialed and dated by your doctor
  2. TB Test (not older than 3 months prior to class)
  3. Covid vaccine documentation (or exemption) and flu shot cards
  4. Open the California Department of Public Health 283b form found here
  5. Make sure to enter the following information in the form Section IV:
    School Name & Address = Poway Adult School 13626 Twin Peaks Rd, Poway, CA 92064
    Training Program ID Number = ELS 36
    1. Print the form before closing it.
    2. Sign your section above where the Nurse / Teacher signs
  6. Social Security Card (name on card must match Driver's License/State ID and all of the paperwork you submit for the program. Your card cannot be laminated and it must be signed.
  7. Driver's License / State ID
  8. Dress Code:
    1. Ceil Blue scrubs (top and bottom with pockets). example
    2. Clean, skid-resistant, closed-toed shoes, any color (tennis / athletic shoes are acceptable)
  9. School Photo ID Badge (appointment required through the Poway Adult School)
  10. Canvas Account. First time attendees Follow the instructions to create a school email account.
  11. Electronic Textbook: Login to your textbook site within the first week of receiving your textbook code.
Contact the C NA Program School Staff immediately 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
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 4 scheduled class sessions shall receive a 75% refund.
  • Students who choose to drop the course after 4 scheduled class sessions shall forfeit all fees.

Criminal Record Review
If you have been convicted, at any time, of a crime other than a minor traffic violation, please contact California Department of Public Heath (CDPH) by phone at 916.327.2445 or email [email protected] to clarify your status. the response time from CDPH varies on a case by case basis. The review may take several months. For frequently asked questions visit the Criminal Record Review page.

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!
Poway Adult School 2024-2025 Student Handbook
California Department of Public Health
Download a NATP Candidate Handbook and more here 
Regional Testing Center Information
Association for Certified Nurse Assistants
Job Market Info and more

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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