SoCal-Nursing - CNA/NATP -

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program/Nurse Assistant Training Program (NATP) at Southern California Nursing Academy, Inc. (SoCal Nursing)

Southern California Nursing Academy, Inc. (SoCal Nursing) is extremely excited to share, promote, and network with the leaders and frontrunners of healthcare institutions about our highly-rated and expertise in nursing and allied healthcare programs, courses, products, and other education, certification, and consulting services. 

Particularly, SoCal Nursing is opening its doors to prospective students who desire to pursue a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Program. We are an accredited California Nurse Assistant Training Program (NATP) through the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Aide and Technician Certification Section (ATCS), and Training Program Review Unit (TPRU). With this said, we believe that we can assist, support, and drive our aspirations to provide a CNA Program that professionally trains students with the theory/didactics and hands-on clinical skills in an outpatient skilled nursing facility or other clinical setting that is necessary for an entry-level positions as a competent and capable Nurse Assistant. The goal of SoCal Nursing is to provide its students with the clinical skills and knowledge to competently work as a CNA in numerous medical practice sites such as inpatient, outpatient, home health, hospice, and other medical and clinical employment settings.

Our Motto:

“Our high-quality education, steady commitment, community involvement and resourceful professional networks are your keys to your dreams and success into a successful medical and clinical career and beyond.” –SoCal Nursing Academy

Southern California Nursing Academy, Inc. (SoCal Nursing) is one of the frontrunners of higher learning and education in vocational nursing and allied health professional careers, always promoting and preserving the unique health and well being of its valued students as well as the significant patients and surrounding local communities they humbly serves and passionately treats and cares for. We want our matriculated graduates to not only diligently work professionally, competently and excel in providing nursing and allied health care to their dear clients but we want them to collaborate and communicate soundly with their peers and superiors alike, to make their own sound decisions independently while proactively expanding their clinical and medical knowledge and training through a curious and open mind to be able to grow as a complete health professional in-hospital, out-of-hospital, and as well as in life in general. We want to encourage a higher level of nursing education and interprofessional health care to facilitate and provide the finest patient care.

Our Vision, Philosophy and Mission Statement:

The sole intent of Southern California Nursing Academy is threefold and similar to the goals of the Nurse Assistant Training Assessment Program (NATAP): to promote quality of patient care; to provide entry-level skills for employment as a Nurse Assistant and to provide awareness of opportunities/choices in health care occupations.

To achieve its threefold purpose, the Nurse Assistant Curriculum of Southern California Nursing Academy is based upon the following beliefs:

  • Individuals have the right to receive optimum health care delivered in a safe environment by a competent caregiver.
  • Learning occurs in an atmosphere of mutual respect; where questioning is welcomed, problem solving is encouraged, and opportunities for guided practice exist.
  • The Nurse Assistant is an important member of the health care team. The Nurse Assistant, under the direct supervision of licensed nursing personnel, provides direct care to the resident, promotes comfort measures, and collects, records and reports data.

Qualified Licensed and Certified CNA/NATP Instructors:

Our teams of dedicated professionals who are experienced healthcare providers and educators holding varying advanced medical degrees ranging from doctor of medicine (MD), registered nurse (RN), and other clinically pertinent healthcare qualifications are able to provide the best and finest CNA Program, offering the required immediate training and direct supervision of our SoCal Nursing students while working with our wonderful staff, volunteers, patients, and other members of the skilled nursing and long-term facility.

Nurse Assistant Training Program (NATP) Applicants:

  • Initial Application and Enrollment Process:
    • Be at least 16 years of age; (HSC 1337.2)(a)(1)
    • Submit a SoCal Nursing Academy Application
      • Non-refundable registration and application fee of $100.00, which will be paid through our online registration payment link, in-person or mailed to our office via cash, valid check, or credit card payment
    • United States (U.S.) or International High School or College Diploma and Official Transcripts
      • To be eligible for the CNA Program, the prospective SoCal Nursing Academy applicant requires at least a High School Diploma or its equivalent – General Education Development Certificate (GED), State-sanctioned Proficiency or Diploma-equivalency Certificate, College Transcript/Diploma, or Ability to Train (ATB) Certificate.
      • Original School Transcripts are needed for formal acceptance to the program. The Official Transcripts must be in sealed envelopes that are mailed directly from the school or college of the student.
        • However, personal copies or photocopies are acceptable initially but must be provided before the start date of the program.
        • These respective certificates, transcripts, and diplomas may be from a foreign school but must be equivalent to a U.S. High School Diploma.
        • Foreign or non-United States High School or College Diplomas, Official Transcripts, and other educational credentials must be interpreted and translated by an authorized and appropriate independent United States educational credentialing and evaluation services approved by SoCal Nursing.
  • NATP and Student Submission to the Department’s Aide and Technician Certification Section Registry Upon Student Enrollment and Prior to Any Direct Patient Contact With Patients:
    • Upon enrollment in a training program for nurse assistant certification, and prior to direct contact with [facility] residents, a candidate for training shall submit a training and examination application and the fingerprint cards to the state department to receive a criminal record review through the Department of Justice. (HSC 1338.5)(a)(2)(A)
      • Initial application process to include the submission of the CDPH 283B Certified Nursing Assistant Initial Application (CNA)/Home Health Aid Initial Application (HHA) Form, Live Scan BCIA 8016 form and CDPH 283I form to the Department’s Aide & Technician Certification Section Registry upon student enrollment.
    • Submit CDPH 283B (CNA/HHA) application form
      • Southern California Nursing Academy will detail the process for completion and submission of initial CDPH 283B. 
        1. Students fill out the top portions (Section I-III)
          1. Students fill out Sections I-III and NATP process to completion of section IV.  Indicate details of the submission procedure.
          2. Passage of SB1384 (Chapter 847, Statutes of 2014), contains important information regarding the criminal background requirements.
          3. Applicants are encouraged to read this senate bill and incorporate these requirements under this policy topic. 
          4. The “Disqualifying Penal Code Sections” list no longer applies to CNA’s and NATP applicants.
        2. NATP fill out (Section IV)
    • Submit a Live Scan BCIA8016 form and CDPH 283i form
      • Obtain a criminal record clearance pursuant to [HSC] Section 1338.5; (HSC 1337.2)(a)(3)
      • A criminal record clearance shall be conducted for all nurse assistants by the submission of fingerprint images and related information to the stat department for processing at the Department of Justice. (HSC 1338.5)(a)(1)(A)
      • All students must complete Live Scan fingerprinting upon enrollment and prior to beginning clinical training or direct contact with patients. 
    • Health Requirements (22 CCR 71835(f).
      • Each student enrolled in a certification training program or competency evaluation program shall have health examination proper to participating in segments of the program in segments of the program which involved contact with patients in a nursing facility. (22 CCR 71835(f).
      • Health requirements and processes to include gathering medical history and physical examination within 90 days prior to student participation in segments of the program involving direct contact with patients.
      • The examination shall include:
        1. A medical history and physical examination. (22 CCR 71835(f)(1)(A)
        2. A test for tuberculosis infection that is recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and licensed by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), unless medically contraindicated. (22 CCR 71835(f)(1)(B)
          1. Include the details for determination that the individual is free of active tuberculosis disease as per tuberculin infection testing method(s) recommended by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and licensed by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
          2. Expand upon requirements for when that test is positive; how an x-ray of the lungs must be performed and a certificate from the examining practitioner indicating the individual is free from active tuberculosis must be obtained.
        3. A report, signed by the physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner, shall be provided to the nursing facility. This report shall indicate that the student does not have any health condition that would create a hazard to himself or herself, fellow employees, or patients. (22 CCR 71835(f)(2)

Curriculum Requirements:

  • Effective January 1, 2018 the Department staff may only approve Nurse Assistant training program schedules that meet the requirements found in the Health and Safety Code (HSC).
  • Meets requirements as per Title 22 Section 71835 (m-n):
    • Include all Modules, components, hours, and skills, using the existing Individual Student Record (CDPH form 276C) and Skills Checklist (CDPH form 276A) to validate that all Title 22 requirements are in the training program schedule
  • Modules:
    • Module I: Introduction
    • Module II: Patient’s Rights
    • Module III: Interpersonal Skills
    • Module IV: Prevention Management of Catastrophe and Unusual Occurrence
    • Module V: Body Mechanics
    • Module VI: Medical and Surgical Asepsis
    • Module VII: Weights and Measures
    • Module VIII: Patient Care Skills
    • Module IX: Patient Care Procedures
    • Module X: Vital Signs
    • Module XI: Nutrition
    • Module XII: Emergency Procedures
    • Module XIII: Long – Term Care Patient
    • Module XIV: Rehabilitative Nursing
    • Module XV: Observation and Charting
    • Module XVI: Death and Dying 

Classroom Theory Training Requirements:

  • Meets requirements as per Title 22 Section 71835 (m-n)
    • Include all Modules, components, hours, and skills, using the existing Individual Student Record (CDPH form 276C) validate that all Title 22 requirements are in the training program schedule.
  • Consist of at least 60 classroom hours of training on basic nursing skills, patient safety and rights, the social and psychological problems of patients, and elder abuse recognition and reporting pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 1337.1 (HSC 1337.3)(c)(2)(A)
    • Conducted within a skilled nursing facility, an intermediate care facility, or an educational institution. (HSC 1337.3)(c)(2)(A)
  • At least 9 to 10 hours of the 60 hours of classroom training shall address specific required content, which include 1 hour on preventing, recognizing, and reporting residents’ rights violations; 2 additional hours on Special needs of persons with developmental and mental disorders Including intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and mental illness (the topic covered in Module 13 (A)); 6 hours on preventing, recognizing, and reporting instances of resident abuse; 1 additional hour to the module of your choice, so that the total number of classroom theory hours is at least 60.
  • At least 2 hours of the 60 hours of classroom training shall address the special needs of persons with developmental and mental disorders, including disability, Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and mental illness. (HSC 1337.3)(c)(3)

Clinical Training Requirements:

  • Meets requirements as per Title 22 Section 71835 (m-n):
    • Include all Modules, components, hours, and skills, using the existing Skills Checklist (CDPH form 276A) to validate that all Title 22 requirements are in the training program schedule
  • The 100 hours of supervised clinical training may consist of normal employment as a nurse assistant under the supervision of either the Director of Staff Development or a licensed nurse qualified to provide nurse assistant training who has no other assigned duties while providing the training. (HSC 1337.3)(c)(2)(B)
    • Conducted between the hours of 6:00 am and 8:00 pm.
    • Clinical training shall take place in a nursing a facility and shall be conducted in conjunction with classroom instruction. (22 CCR 71835(m)(1)
  • At least 4 hours of the 100 hours of supervised clinical training shall address the special needs of persons with developmental and mental disorders, including disability, Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and mental illness. (HSC 1337.3)(c)(3)

Curriculum Format/Time:

  • Theory/Clinical Training Schedule(s) Approved
    • Clinical Training: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
      • At least 100 hours of supervised clinical training
    • Theory Training: 11:00 am – 8:30 pm/6:00 pm – 9:45 pm
      • At least 60 classroom hours of training
  • 9-Week Schedule
    • Our 9-Week Schedule comprise of Theory and Clinical Training from Monday through Thursday that allows for flexibility and successful completion of the CNA/NATP Curriculum as our valued students are able to have enough study time and professional development, employment, and family time.
  • Theory/Clinical Training Student Enrollment Size
    • 15 students to 1 instructor (15:1) for Theory and Clinical Training 

Student Absenteeism and Make-Up:

  • Student absenteeism is strongly discouraged. Absenteeism and makeup will only be allowed on a case-by-case basis when the absence and makeup are in compliance with regulatory requirements and do not require the student(s) to receive training outside of the Department approved training schedule.
  • All makeup assignments must be completed according to the Department approved lesson plans and must include the same content as the original assignment that was missed.
  • Makeup work that differs from the original class time missed, such as self-study, book reports or alternate assignments are NOT ALLOWED. 

Testing and Certification Requirements:

  • Maintain an average of 60% test score passage rate
  • SoCal Nursing Academy graduating students must complete State Competency Evaluations policies and procedures:
    1. We will refer students only to California Department of Public Health (CDPH) approved Competency Testing Vendors for their CNA/NATP examination for official certification.
      1. Competency Evaluation Testing may only be performed by CDPH approved testing vendors.
      2. Students may only be referred to and test with the American Red Cross or the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program. 
      3. Students will be provided with National Nurse Aid Assistant Program (NNAAP) candidate handbook on the first day of class.
      4. Students will complete the NNAAP application which will be placed on a file at SoCal Nursing Academy
      5. Students are responsible for sending their NNAAP applications to the Regional Testing Centers, paying and scheduling the state exam
      6. The students will also be referred to as well as for information regarding the state NNAAP test and procedures.
    2. The Southern California Nursing Academy NATP policy must include the process for scheduling of testing. 
    3. Procedural steps for the content, sources and methods of proving competency evaluation testing information to students must be included.
  • Certification Requirements: Have successfully completed a training program approved by the department, which includes examination to test the applicant’s knowledge and skills related to basic patient care services (HSC 1337.2)(a)(2)

Tuition and Other Fees:

  • Deposit:
    • Registration and Application Fee: $100
    • Non-refundable registration and application fee of $100.00, which will be paid through our online registration payment link, in-person or mailed to our office via cash, valid check, or credit card payment
  • Tuition Payment and Installments:
    • Full Tuition Payment: $2,350.00
    • Payment Plan (2 Scheduled Installments): $1,175.00
    • Payment Plan (3 Scheduled Installments): $783.33 

Scholarships and Financial Aid:

  • Through our Affiliation with Premier Care Center in Palm Springs, CA, prospective and future SoCal Nursing Academy CNA students are welcome to apply for a Scholarship Program and Grant, in which their tuition payment for the Nurse Assistant Training Program (NATP) will be paid for in full as long as the potential applicants meet the criteria of the Scholarship Program and Grant sponsored by Premier Care Center:
    • Sign-up for the SoCal Nursing Academy’s CNA/NATP before the beginning of their 9-week curriculum.
    • Interview with the Program Director (PD) and Administrators of SoCal Nursing Academy.
    • Interview with the Director of Staff Development (DSD) and Director of Nursing (DON) of Premier Care Center.
    • Agree to at least a one-year contract to be employed at the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) and Assisted Living to support the registered nurses (RNs), licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), and other in-house staff.
  • Accepted SoCal Nursing Academy CNA students who are approved for the Scholarship Program and Grant can potentially be employed in a non-nurse assistant capacity, if acknowledged, at Premiere Care Center during their non-curriculum hours outside of their CNA/NATP studies and dependent on the terms and conditions of the DSD and DON of the SNF.
  • Please call us directly if you have any questions about our affiliated Scholarship Programs and Financial Aid.

Job Placement:

  • Our strong commitment to offering you the medical education that you need to pursue your dreams and desired nursing and clinical career means more possibilities for you because our proactive approach can put you on the right path and access to more career opportunities faster than going at it alone.
  • If you have the right foundation of education, skills and desire to succeed, we can offer you resources and networks for employment opportunities with the best companies near you and at your desired location of employment.
  • Job Placement assistance is available to SoCal Nursing students and includes the following in an as needed basis:
    • Offering general information on employment prospects with the demands of local businesses and, possibly, some governmental agencies
    • Catalog of known employment positions and job opportunities
    • Communication with prospective employers to find job opportunities
    • Supporting with employment applications and resume or CV preparation
    • Helping the student in gaining interviews with employing personnel
    • Following-up meetings with graduates after job placement
  • Southern California Nursing Academy, Inc. (SoCal Nursing) will make the best effort to support and help students in their employment placement but does not completely guarantee the employment of the graduates even when SoCal Nursing takes all of the right measures with the graduates’ job placement assistance.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)/Continuing Educational Credits:

  • Does Southern California Nursing Academy Offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs)/Credits/Contact Hours for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Home Health Aides (HHAs)?
  • Our Program Director, DSD, and Instructors will soon provide the necessary CEUs as well as for physical psychomotor skills evaluations needed every two years to recertify our CNAs and HHAs. We will be approved as a Continuing Education Provider by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) through Southern California Nursing Academy’s Application CDPH 192.
  • Our pricing for these CEUs and skills evaluations may vary but affordable.
  • Some of the CEU topics we will offer include the following:
    • Food and Nutrition
    • Diabetes Mellitus Education
    • Alzheimer’s and Dementia Education
    • Confidentiality (HIPAA)
    • Disaster Preparedness
    • Electronic Medical Record
    • Special Needs with Developmental Disorders and Elder Abuse
    • Basic Life Support (BLS) – CPR for Adult, Child, and Infants with Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training
  • Please ask for more information about many more continuing education opportunities at Southern California Nursing Academy!


  • Frequently Asked Questions

Suggested Course:


  • Southern California Nursing Academy, Inc. (SoCal Nursing) reserves the right to update or modify these policies, terms, and conditions.
  • Register early because the CNA/NATP open registration fill-up quickly
  • Applicants are advised to complete the required initial enrollment process and submit the mandatory documents for matriculation
  • Enrollment is limited to 15 applicants per cycle
  • Course scheduling is subject to change without notice

License and Certification of SoCal Nursing by the CDPH:

  • Approved Until: August 31, 2020
  • NATP ID #: Southern California Nursing Academy, S-1881 (Day)
  • Approved Clinical Site(s) ID #: Premier Care Center for Palm Springs, F-0128
  • Theory/Clinical Training Schedule(s) Approved
    • Clinical Training: 6:30 am – 5:00 pm
    • Theory Training: 11:00 am – 8:30 pm/6:00 pm – 9:45 pm
  • Theory/Clinical Training Site(s) Approved
    • Telephone Number:
      • 760-332-8083
    • Address for Theory Training:
      • Southern California Nursing Academy
      • 73700 Dinah Shore Drive, Suite 107, Palm Desert, CA 92211
    • Address for Clinical Training:
      • Premier Care Center For Palm Springs
      • 2990 East Ramon Road, Palm Springs, CA 92264
  • Theory/Clinical Training Student Enrollment Size
    • 15 students to 1 instructor (15:1) for Theory and Clinical Training
  • Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE): Approved by the BPPE with Verification of Exempt Status
  • Business License: City of Palm Desert, State of California

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