Nurse Assistant Training Program (NATP) 
This course is taught in a combination: it will be on Zoom and in-person. Computers with Internet, audio, and video are required. Instruction covers basic nursing skills, medical terminology, basic anatomy and physiology. The course is taught by a licensed nurse. Students spend minimally 60 hours learning theory with their instructor, 100 hours at a skilled nursing facility and mock clinical experiences. Additional hours are for test preparation, CPR, and a "Meet the Employer" event. One weekend is offered additionally for make-up hours. Students must plan accordingly and attend all class hours as the course has strict attendance requirements.
Attend an INFORMATION SESSION to learn more about the C NA program. Look for our Fall Information Session coming late July 2023.
Fall Program dates to be announced soon!
Registered students must attend an Orientation. Fall dates to be announced soon.
Students attend class two times per week (for a total of 12 hours per week): 
  • Fridays 4:00-8:00 pm on Zoom and
  • Saturdays 7:30 am-4:00 pm in person
​Students registering in this program must have proof of Covid vaccination and may be required to participate in weekly Covid testing

Covid testing is a requirement for clinical participation. Failure to test on time each week results in missed clinical hours and ultimately prevents students from completing the course within the semester. Students who do not complete the course within the term may return the next semester to complete hours and missed modules. However, they may be required to pay the registration fee.

Attendance & Grading

Students must complete all Modules at 75% or better, 100 clinical hours and 60 theory hours. Students who complete all hours and pass the course with a 75% or better (as measured on Module Exams and skills assessments) will be qualified to take the State Certification Exam for nurse assistants.

Technical Requirements

The theory portion of this program is offered on Zoom. These are class meetings where your teacher is present in real time and students must be visible on the computer screen at all times and not otherwise doing anything else while in their Zoom class. This includes being on the job or caregiving. Students must have access to a computer with audio and video capabilities and good access to the Internet. Contact us if you need assistance with the technical requirements. 

Course Costs: $995. *This includes your registration fee, textbook, workbook, and fingerprinting. Additional fees throughout the course are estimated at $200 - $300 (see step 10 below for details). 

Steps to starting the NATP

NATP Students must participate in a Information Session / Orientation before starting the course (Students may register prior to one of the Information Sessions / Orientation.)   
Meet on April 5, 2023 at 4:00pm using this Zoom link or make an appointment.

1. Read all of the information about the course requirements on this web page and the Poway Adult School 2022 - 2023 Student Handbook

2. Get Registered - If you're new to Poway Adult School, click on "Register" at the home page of the Poway Adult School website and create a student profile or call the Poway Adult School office at (858) 668-4024 for help. Once you have a profile, you can register. There are two options to pay:

  • Full payment: Online, you can simply open or create your student account and add the course to your cart. Go to "Course" and click "Catalog" to find Nurse Assistant and select the highlighted course number. Then, add it to your cart and pay in-full. If you are having trouble, call the Adult School for help at (858) 668-4024.
  • Payment plan:  First, register with a deposit by calling the Adult School office at (858) 668-4024. Then, you will need to agree to a payment plan by completing this Google Doc. The suggested plan is to make a deposit of $195 upon registering. Then, make four monthly payments (one in each month Feb, Mar, April, and May) of $200 for a total of $995. Students may create a personalized payment plan. Email Denise McAndrews at or call Denise at (858) 668-4025 to set up your payment plan.
    • The full cost of the course must be paid prior to the last day of class.
    • Students wil be required to sign a payment plan agreement.

3. Make an appointment with your doctor to complete your medical requirements 

  • Make sure your medical form is signed and initialed by your doctor.
  • You will need the following:
    • Covid vaccine (1st does must be by the first date of the class) as health care workers are mandated to have the Covid vaccine. 
    • Proof of negative TB test within 3 months prior to the class
    • Physical exam (use this Medical form) - Form must be dated within 3 months prior to the class.
      • For example, if your class starts in September, your physical must be done in June, July or August.
  • Bring the signed form with you to the first day of on-campus class. Do not email forms.
4. Purchase one or two sets of Ceil Blue scrubs.
  • You will need a top and bottom with pockets
  • These can be purchased from various vendors. This example shows the "CEIL BLUE" color and is not intended to promote this company's business (Ceil Blue example here).
  • Ensure you have clean, skid-resistant, closed-toed shoes, any color (tennis / athletic shoes are acceptable)

5. On the first day of in-person class: bring your completed 283b form found here (instructions here), your actual social security card and a government issued photo ID card 

  • You must bring both your social security cards to class on fingerprint day, usually Day 1 of class
  • Ensure your name is the same on both cards and the 283b form

6. Look for confirmation emails about your class

7. Start class on the scheduled date, attend all classes, and be at the right location!

  • All class dates are important and you need to ensure active attendance. However, the first several days of class are critical to your ability to attend clinical days.
  • Students who miss any hours of theory during these dates may not be able to attend clinic as scheduled.
    • Please note the class schedule when registering and ensure your prompt and regular attendance to the correct location for the class session.
​8. Classes are held in three places: On-campus, at the Skilled Nursing Facility, and on Zoom.

-Classroom Address:
Del Norte High School 16601 Nighthawk Ln, San Diego, CA 92127 - room P-116, 
-Nursing Facility Address: Carmel Mountain Rehabilitation: 11895 Avenue of Industry, San Diego, CA 92128
Please park behind the building - Clinic Location  Map link to clinic site from Escondido Westfield Mall area

-Online Live Zoom Meetings: You will receive a link for online classes. Watch the video tutorial on how to download Zoom first if needed.

9. Participate in Free Career Resources Designed for You!
Each semester, students attend an event to engage with employers. The event is held during class. This is where students learn about current career opportunities. 

-Career Support - We're here to help you!
Students needing career support can access free workshops on campus and on Zoom as well as 1-1 assistance. Email the Career Education Specialist ( to request career support. 
10. Other cost details
  • Medical exam (before starting the course)
  • TB Test (before starting the course)
  • CPR class and card (approximately $60 in class within the first two weeks of the course)
  • "Ceil Blue" Scrubs (you will need these no later than the first clinic day)
  • Shoes (needed by the first clinic day. You can use clean, closed toed, athletic / tennis shoes)
  • Equipment you may choose to own such as BP cuff, stethoscope, etc. (optional)
  • Certification exam $120 (this requires a cashiers check approximately 30 days before the end of class)
Other Important Items:

Drops and Refunds:
If you need to drop the course after the start date, you may be responsible for the costs of fingerprinting and textbooks. Additional drop fees may apply based on when a drop occurs.
  • Students who drop the course prior to the first class date shall receive a full refund.
  • Students who drop the course within 8 scheduled class sessions shall receive a 75% refund.
  • Students who choose to drop the course after 8 scheduled class sessions shall forfeit all fees.

The course requires students to complete a background check. If you have questions or concerns about the check, please read the following information on Criminal Record Review.

Criminal Record Review

If you have concerns about passing a background check, please complete a Criminal Record Review before taking this course. For information on Criminal Record Review, please visit the Criminal Record Review page.

For information regarding Criminal Background Clearance, please contact the Criminal Background Section.​
Phone Fax: (916) 449-5775 or (916) 552-8854 
Criminal Background Section: P.O. Box 997416, MS 3304, Sacramento, CA 95899



Useful Information
Poway Adult School 2022 - 2023 Student Handbook
California Department of Public Health all you need to know about nurse assistant certification
More CDPH Important Resources here
Download a NATP Candidate Handbook and more here 
Regional Testing Center Information
Association for Certified Nurse Assistants
Job Market Info and more
Help for English second language learners of Nurse Assisting

Testing location: Grossmont Health Occupational Center, 9368 Oakbourne Road, Santee, CA 92071

Financial Assistance

Your Goals, Our Data
This course is provided by State funds and your fees. In order for the School to comply with State requirements, we need to collect information from students about their goals, job outcomes and starting salaries when hired after our programs. Please help us by answering the data questions when asked during and after your class.

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