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Nursing & Allied Health
College of the Sequoias
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This program is a single course that can lead to certification.
Successful students will be eligible to sit for the certification exam.
Students completing this certificate will acquire skills, knowledge, and abilities to receive a certificate permitting practice as a Nursing Assistant.  Once students successfully complete NURS 260, they are eligible to take the certification exam given by the State of California Department of Health Services Licensing and Certification.
ENTRY-LEVEL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:  Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be prepared for employment in the following jobs:  hospitals, nursing care homes, home health settings, outpatient settings, and senior/assisted living settings.
NURS 260          Nursing Assistant             6 Units
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·         CPR Card: American Heart Association Healthcare Provider
​·         Health Clearance/Physical Examination: By Physician or NP only
·         Background Check - Disqualifying Penal Code Sections.pdf
·         Transportation to Health Care Agencies and College of the Sequoias
·         TB Skin Test clearance: 2-step process is required at start of program (used for initial skin testing of adult healthcare providers), yearly thereafter.
If a PPD reactor, provide copy of Chest X-Ray results to the Health Center at the Visalia Campus. If the X-Ray is over 12 months old, a surveillance form from a physician stating the student is asymptomatic may be accepted.
·         MMR(Measles/Mumps/Rubella) vaccine: 2 doses or positive titer
·         Hepatitis B: 3 doses or positive titer
·         Varicella (Chicken Pox): 2 doses or positive titer
·         Td/Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) vaccine : All adults who have completed a primary series of a tetanus/diphtheria containing product (DTP, DTaP, DT, Td) should receive Td boosters every 10 years.
·        Influenza Vaccine

Common Question regarding CNAs​
      Q: Where do I order my background & Drug Screen Check?
       A: Through this link Background and Drug Screen.
        Q:  Where do I go to get my American Heart Association BLS Card.
        A: You could register for COS HLTH 406-  CPR for Health Care Providers, or you could go through Visalia BLS CPR              Card Schedule .
        Q: Where can I get more Information on Certified Nursing Assistant? 
        A: You can find more information at CHPH​ 
        Q: What do I do if I have a misconduct on my background check report? 
         A: You need to report it to the CDPH...... Here is some more information on misconducts.
        Also here is the form (which is fillable) to report your misconduct to the CDPH. 
         Q: What are the cost for the CNA program?5.jpg

         A: See Below....
Course Fees:



During Course


Registration/ 6 unit x $46.00


Textbooks/ Supplies


LiveScan finger Print

$5 student discount

$68.00 cash

$2 card charge

American Heart Association BLS CPR card


Background & Drug Screen


Nursing uniforms


Physical & Immunization


Health Fee

$20/ summer $17

Parking Permit

$25.00/ Sumer $10

ASB Card (Optional)


Student Center Fee ($5.00 maximum)






State Certification Testing Fee




* All amounts listed are approximate and may change at any time.
For more information regarding this certificate program, contact:
Angela Sanchez  • 737-6135 • John Muir 125