Where are the CNA schools in the Bay Area?

  1. I was wondering if there are places that offer the CNA class besides NCP and the Red Cross in Santa Rosa? I am taking the pre-reqs for nursing at the College of Marin, and am thinking about working as a CNA part time while I go to school. Thanks!

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  3. by   roro13sf
    Hi Melissa -

    I'm doing the same thing. Taking pre-reqs at COM for a nursing program, but looking into CNA programs in the meantime. What have you heard about NCP?

  4. by   mfrancisco
    Hi Rachelle,

    I heard NCP is really good. For me, the problem is that it's only full time, and the campuses are in South SF and Hayward. I have to take physio during the summer, so there is now way I can fit in their 6 week course. Santa Rosa Red Cross is part-time, so I may end up going there. Where do you live? I know the NCP clinicals are in SF, so it's not that bad. I was just wondering if there are any more options out there. The junior colleges have really long programs.

  5. by   roro13sf
    I live in Oakland, and the NCP program is the only one I've been able to find in the immediate area. But I was also wondering what other options were out there. I agree that the JC programs are way too long, so I haven't been researching those. Santa Rosa Red Cross also sounds like a good option. Good luck with everything!
  6. by   LilGumble
    I thought for NCP you already had to have your CNA and they just did the Acute CNA cert? I found "the cornerstone college" CNA program through a google search... it's 19 days/$900 in Hayward. Has anyone heard anything about them?
  7. by   roro13sf

    NCP has both...a Nurse Assistant Training Program (CNA) as well as a CNA Acute Care Training Program.

    This is a link to the CNA training programs in California from the California Dept of Public Health website. http://www.cdph.ca.gov/services/trai...ngPrograms.pdf

  8. by   jreyes460
    cornerstone college in hayward i heard is great school! my cousin's friend graduated the program in 19 days and just took it the state exam last weekend and she passed with flying colors. at first i couldn't believe that someone can learn everything in 19 days and pass the certification. but i'm a true believer. it's 19 days for about $900, i think it's worth it. i thinking to enroll in that school. thank you.
  9. by   mfrancisco
    Thanks so much for the information. I just checked out their website. Let me know if you do plan to attend and how it goes. I wish I would have known about it earlier, because I just saw that their next full time day class starts on the 25th. 19 days isn't bad at all. Thanks again.
  10. by   LilGumble
    I'm in the middle of the class right now. (I should actually be in asleep now because I have to wake up at 5:30 to make it to the 7am "clinical" portion. =P) So far I have to say that I love the teacher, but the facility that we are at now is just a bunch of BULL ****. While there are CNA's working there that really care about the residents, some are down right abusive. Cornerstone is currently working on finding and having a new facility approved by the state. But as far as the instruction goes, the small class size makes it fun and my teacher definitely takes the time to talk with each of us and help us work on the skills we need to practice. Only 9 more days to go !
  11. by   touchhealth
    I just signed up for the Nurse Aid/Home Health Aid course at Santa Rosa JC over the Summer. Its about 9 weeks, 5 days/week. I'm really excited!! I'm hoping I'll finally be able to do some work in the field while I'm waiting to get into nursing school.

    The program is full for the Summer, but they offer it during the school year too.

    Good luck!
  12. by   krystyle25
    There's also the Medical Career College in Fremont.
    The program is 19 and a half days and it costs about $1250
  13. by   sainusa

    I am a CNA and I do want to become an acute nursing assistant. There is not much choices out there in the Bay area. I am going to Cornerstone college to get some info. Can anyone pls give me some advice abt them? Are they reputable and do they assist with placement at hospitals.

    Thank u kindly

  14. by   Ride Red
    Hey everyone, thank you for posting all this information. I am currently looking for a CNA program in the area (I'm in Redwood City - peninsula) and I found your posts incredibly helpful. At the moment I'm considering NCP, Medical Career College, and Cornerstone College. It looks like NCP is the best option though, especially since I am hoping to get into UCSF's MEPN program this year or next and they're both in SF. I might as well get used to the commute Thanks again everyone, I wish you all the best of luck in your nursing endeavors!