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
Certified Nursing & Acute Nursing AssistantCertificate of Completion
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)Certificate of Completion
In Home Support ServicesCertificate of Completion
Physical Therapy AideCertificate of Completion

Certified Nursing & Acute Care Nursing Assistant

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 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.


In Home Support Services

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

Physical Therapy Aide

The School of Continuing Education’s Physical Therapy Aide Certificate program will provide students with the skills and knowledge to start a career as a Physical Therapy Aide. The program will teach students how to assist patients with a variety of injuries under the supervision of a Physical Therapist. Physical Therapy Aides also have the responsibilities for completing non-technical duties such as preparing treatment areas, ordering devices and supplies, and transporting patients under the direction of the physical therapist. Physical Therapy Aides may be employed in hospitals, nursing care facilities, sports rehabilitation centers, and other healthcare facilities. Students must pass both courses in order to receive their Physical Therapy Aide certificate.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will identify and discuss modalities and procedures related to orthopedic disorders.
  • Students will demonstrate the basic components of rehabilitation.
  • Students will interpret medical terms for a broad range of body systems and medical conditions.
  • Students will construct sentences using medical terms used in diagnosing medical conditions.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Medical Terminology
Physical Therapy Aide
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