Poway Adult School


Nurse Assistant Training Program (NATP) 
Fall 2021 begins September 3, 2021 and ends December 18, 2021

Classes meet two times per week: Fridays 4:00-8:00 pm and Saturdays 7:30 am-4:00 pm

This course prepares students to take the Nurse Assistant Certification Exam. Instruction covers basic nursing skills, medical terminology, and basic anatomy and physiology and is taught by a licensed nurse. Students spend 60 hours learning theory, 100 hours in clinical or mock clinical experiences and additional hours for test preparation, CPR and a "Meet the Employer" event. The theory portion of this program may be offered online. Please check the current school catalog for options. For online theory, students must have access to a computer with audio and video capabilities and the Internet. Students will be required and responsible for getting weekly Covid tests in order to attend clinic hours. Contact us. We are always happy to discuss the program with you.

Course Costs: $995. *This includes registration fees, textbook and fingerprinting. Additional fees throughout the course are estimated at $200 - $300 (see step 7 below for details). 

Steps to starting the NATP 

1. 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.

  • You can register online with full payment. Simply open or create your student account and add the course to your cart.
  • To register with a deposit, go to or call the Adult School office.
    • If you register with a deposit, call Nelly Jaoude at Poway Adult School (858) 668-4006 or email Nelly to set up your payment plan. The full cost of the course must be paid prior to the last day of class.
  • Find out if you qualify for CalJobs financial support to cover costs of the Nurse Assistant Training Program 
    • Call (619) 319-9675 for ​CalJobs Financial Assistance  and tell them the program is on their ETPL
    • If you are awaiting an answer about your status with CalJobs, please let us know here
      • You may need to make a small deposit while you are awaiting your answer from CalJobs
  • Once registered, go to the Adult School office to get your photo taken and receive your name badge

​2. Make and appointment with your doctor to complete your medical requirements 

  • Make sure your medical form is signed and initialed by your doctor.
  • You will need a TB test and physical exam (use this Medical form).
  • Your medical form must be dated within 3 months prior to the start of class.
    • For example, if your class starts September 1, your physical must be done in June, July or August.
  • Bring the signed form with you to the first day of on-campus class.
3. 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)

4. Bring your actual social security card and a government issued photo ID card to class 

  • You must bring both cards to class on fingerprint day
  • Ensure your name is the same on both cards

5. Look for confirmation emails about your class

  • Please watch for emails from the School at the email address you used when you registered. 
  • You will receive an email from ETCN Instructure.com for your course materials which are on Canvas. Please accept this email and follow the instructions.

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

7. Other costs and when you need to make the purchases
  • Medical exam (before starting the course)
  • TB Test (before starting the course)
  • CPR class and card (approximately $47 given 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 (this requires a cashiers check approximately 30 days before the end of class)

Useful Information
California Department of Public Health all you need to know about nurse assistant certification
Download a NATP Candidate Handbook and more here 
Job Market Info and more
Testing location: Grossmont Health Occupational Center, 9368 Oakbourne Road, Santee, CA 92071

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.

Nursing Schools
Palomar College
Mt. San Jacinto College, Menifee Campus
Grossmont Health Occupations Center
Cal State San Marcos

*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.

The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2761, jjimenez@powayusd.com. For students, you may contact Title IX Coordinator Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840, jdayhoff@powayusd.com

Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406