Nursing Assistant Certificate (12150.CO)

School of Allied Health and Public Safety

The Nurse Assistant program is offered during the Spring and Fall semesters for 18 weeks and the Summer semester for 9 weeks in Merced and Los Banos.

The course provides clinical instruction and practice of basic nursing skills required of nursing assistants employed in skilled nursing facilities and extended care facilities. The course emphasizes care of the older adult client which includes assistance with the activities of daily living: bathing, dressing, exercise, movement, eating, eliminating safety measures, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and rehabilitation techniques.

The Nurse Assistant program also provides clinical instruction. Students will practice skills in lab and then be assigned to assist clients in a skilled nursing facility. This training meets the *California Department of Public Health requirements for eligibility to take the Nurse Assistant certification examination.


The Nurse Assistant Program is approved by the CA Department of Public Health (CDPH).

California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
Licensing and Certification Program (L&C)
Aide and Technician Certification Section (ATCS)
MS 3301, P.O. Box 997416
Sacramento, CA 95899-7416
PHONE: (916) 327-2445

Program Requirements and Information:

Program Application

Upon successful completion of the Nurse Assistant Program, the student must pass the Certification Exam in order to become a Certified Nurse Assistant. The exam has been developed to meet the evaluation requirements of the federal and state Nurse Assistant competency evaluation legislation. The test is offered throughout the state. The test may be offered at Merced college upon completion of each training course.

The test consists of two parts: written and skills exam.

Program prerequisites:

  • CPR card - Module A/C;

  • negative TB skin test or chest X-ray within past six months;

  • physical within past six months;

  • DOJ fingerprint clearance;

  • Penal Code violations clearance.

A statement of eligibility will be awarded upon the satisfactory completion of the following course.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

A. Evaluate the responsibilities of a nursing assistant

B. Distinguish safety hazards in described simulated clinical situations

C. Explain the need for good hand washing techniques

D. Choose good body mechanics used by self and others

E. Plan techniques needed to assist clients with activities of daily living

F. Plan techniques needed to assist clients with rehabilitation procedures

Students successfully completing the course listed above are awarded a Certificate in Nursing Assistant.

Visit the Program Mapper for more information on when to take classes and career information.

Program Requirements:

Program Core: (6 Units)


ALLH-63 Nurse Assistant


Total: (6 Units)

Contact Information


Valerie Albano


(209) 384-6309

School Office



(209) 381-6478

Nursing Assist Website