Health Careers

The School of Continuing Education offers courses and certificates in the health careers. Courses are tuition free. However, students are responsible for the purchase of materials.

Program Certificates
In Home Support ServicesCertificate of Completion
Certified Nursing & Acute Care Nursing AssistantCertificate of Completion

This certificate program will prepare participants to work in both long-term and acute care facilities thus providing entry level, diverse, work opportunities in the ever growing health care field. For those planning on entering LVN or RN programs, course content may increase chances for successful admission and completion of nursing program curriculum.

These courses meet the requirements for California state certification as a CNA. The program incorporates processing of the state application and administration of the NATAP test with same day official test results for the written and manual skills examination. Verification of successful passing of the NATAP test permits immediate eligibility for employment.

All coursework can be completed within 11 weeks. Offered in Fall or Spring semesters.

Participants must:

  • provide their own transportation and be at least 16 years of age or have a work permit
  • be able to meet expenses and responsibilities incurred as part of this program
  • demonstrate proficient English/ESL verbal and written communication skills to take written exams, communicate with clients and maintain a safe clinical environment


The Certified Nursing and Acute Care Nursing Assistant program is accredited by the State of California, Health & Human Services, Department of Public Health, Licensing & Certification.


State of California, Health & Human Services, Department of Public Health, Licensing & Certification 
P.O. Box 997377, MS 3000
Sacramento, California 95899-7377
(916) 552-8632
(916) 552-8700

Program Learning Outcomes

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Certified Nursing Assistant
Acute Care CNA
Health Careers Skills Lab (HCRC)

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Course Completion Only VOC HTH01

VOC HTH01 is offered for “course completion only” during the Winter and Summer Intersessions. This course provides for employment in long term care only.

For further information, please contact the Health Careers Resource Center, (909) 274-4788.

This short-term vocational sequence prepares students to become personal care attendants in the home or in a health care facility. This program is specifically for noncredit students who are seeking training in the health field for immediate entry-level employment.  Furthermore, this program will also provide foundational health skills for students to enter into more advanced health career programs such as Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). A career development course is also provided to increase employability and work skills. Students must pass both core courses to earn the In Home Support Services Certificate of Completion.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Career Development
In-Home Support Service
Course Prefix Course Name Units
VOC HHAHome Health Aide0
VOC HTH01Certified Nursing Assistant0
VOC HTH04Acute Care CNA0
VOC HTH05Health Careers Skills Lab (HCRC)0
VOC IHSSIn-Home Support Service0

Health Careers Resource Center (HCRC)

The mission of the Health Careers Resource Center is to support all healthcare students with their educational goals by providing a positive learning environment and by reinforcing the acquisition of psychomotor skills. The HCRC actively supports equal opportunity, open access, and high academic standards.

The HCRC provides a state-of-the-art learning lab environment for Mt. SAC credit and non-credit health careers students to assist in: 

  • developing new health related skills and knowledge 
  • updating prior or current activities 
  • participating in simulated clinical activities 

HCRC available services include:

  • RN assistance in clinical skills practice and performance evaluation
  • Medical and hospital equipment, supplies, manikins,  simulators,  training aids for hands-on demonstrations 
  • Health Skills Performance Update/Evaluation
  • Clinical simulations for Med-Surg, Psych, OB, Peds, Perioperative, Critical Care
  • METI/CAE Adult, Child, and Infant Human Patient Simulators and Birthing Simulator 

HCRC Registration and Check-In
Registration is open to Mt. SAC students enrolled in credit or non-credit health careers programs. You may register by visiting the HCRC for a registration card and course registration number. Then submit registration card to the Continuing Education Division in Building 40, Room 104. Once you are registered, you must present a current Mt. SAC Student ID card and sign in on each visit in order to check in and use the facilities. 

Health Program Application
Students interested in the Psychiatric Technician, Radiologic Technology, or Respiratory Therapy credit programs may inquire about these at the HCRC. 

How to Complete a Certificate

Certificates of Completion

The School of Continuing Education offers short-term vocational certificates of completion in a few areas. Generally, these certificates can be completed anywhere between six weeks and six months. These certificates prepare students to work in certain fields and also serve as the first step in their career ladder to higher level positions requiring additional schooling.

How to Complete and Obtain a Certificate

In order for students to receive a Certificate of Completion, the student must complete the following:
  • Register for the desired courses (and pay material fees if applicable)
  • Satisfactorily complete coursework, papers, projects, take and pass all exams with the equivalent of a "C" grade as outlined by each individual course syllabus.
  • When all courses are completed, submit a request to the School of Continuing Education in Building 40, room 104.
  • The office will verify that all requirements have been met and prepare the Certificate of Completion for the student to pick up.
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