How funny. I'm like a 5 minute drive from Irvine! :spin:
$1000?! WOW!!! That has to be because it's so accelerated. Yeah every school I originally looked into was 8-9 weeks. So I think it's either going to be a ton of dough, or a few extra weeks. Maybe check out: http://www.dhs.ca.gov/
I just started my program last week actually. It's 8 weeks and was around $250-$300 with EVERYTHING. But then again, it's about 40-45 minutes from where we live!
I don't know how long it is, but Long Beach City College has a CNA equivalent course. If you haven't already, try looking into them and check out:
1. North Orange County ROP (Anaheim)
2. Coastline ROP
3. Central County ROP
4. Long Beach ROP
As for the nursing homes offering CNA classes -- I've read that a few times in the message boards on here, but I've never heard of any actually doing that around here. That would definitely be a research project I'm afraid!! Hope this helped a little.