“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.

Our Vision

What is Southern California Nursing Academy’s Statement of Philosophy?

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.

How Does Southern California Nursing Academy’s Nurse Assistant Training Program (NATP) strive to stay on top of the health care industry, which is constantly changing with new knowledge appearing in practice every day?

There is always a flux of new constant change in the health care environment.

Southern California Nursing Academy’s NATP tries to lead by following the current guidelines and recommendations of the Nurse Assistant Training and Assessment Program (NATAP) Model Curriculum.

As an example of updating its NATP curriculum, Southern California Nursing Academy will implement to the student’s teaching in theory and clinical settings the area of Confidentiality (HIPAA), Disaster Preparedness and the increasing use of electronic medical records as well as other current guidelines, recommendations, and standards of care.

Per the NATAP:

  • “In recent years, there has also been a move to lessen the ‘institutional’ feel of long term care facilities and more emphasis has been given to promoting independence and dignity of residents. The revised curriculum has also expanded the Recommended Teaching Strategies and Assignments, Clinical Demonstration/Method of Evaluation and updated terminology, references and sample test questions. The intent of the most recent revision was to include new terminology and new procedures that reflect the current practices, to assist instructors with more resources, and to improve the health care given to residents in long-term care facilities.”

In summary, Southern California Nursing Academy wants to provide the enthusiasm, time and funding required to maintain a standard of education and testing of Nurse Assistants in the state of California.

Our Affiliations

SoCal Nursing Academy works with the best businesses in the community.

Our People – Meet Our Team

Southern California Nursing Academy, Inc. (SoCal Nursing) administrators, instructors, and staff are distinguished professionals developing and enhancing inter-professional healthcare by fostering collaboration and advocating nursing and allied health professional education, certification, and licensing in the best interest of individuals and communities. We want to encourage a higher level of nursing and allied health professional education and interprofessional health care to facilitate and provide the finest health care services.

Here are some of SoCal Nursing Academy’s talented staff, instructors and educators:

Ryan Nuqui, MD

Owner & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

  • Tracy Wiley, RN, BSN – Administrator and Lead Coordinator
  • Natalie Awad, RN, BSN – RN Program Director, Director of Staff Development
  • Harriette Davidson, RN, BSN – Adjunct Instructor

Our AHA ACLS instructor, Dr. Nuqui, was very knowledgeable, experienced, supportive, and entertaining. Most of all, I really appreciated how well organized and engaging the initial provider course was conducted in a pleasant and comfortable learning environment. Not only was the training site facility brand-new but everything from the student materials, training AEDs, intubation equipment and manikins were up-to-date and in excellent condition.

William, MD

I was very impressed with how professional and enjoyable my ACLS and PALS renewal classes were at Palm Desert Resuscitation Education! As an emergency medicine registered nurse working at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, I wanted to be educated with the most commonly seen cardiac arrhythmias and their treatment but also needed classes that were attention grabbing and fun. Palm Desert Resuscitation Education instructors definitely kept my attention during the lengthy courses by having a balanced sense of humor, pertinent and brilliant instructions, and excellent case scenario discussions.

Rickey, RN

I highly recommend this training facility as your go-to CPR certification site for your healthcare job because Dr. Nuqui is not only passionate about saving lives but is awesome when it comes to teaching you the proper techniques of resuscitation including compressions, airway management, and defibrillator use. He shares his medical and teaching experiences while making you feel relaxed, stimulated, and well informed with the current AHA guidelines. He taught me exactly what I needed to know to be ready when cardiac arrest happens.

Ashley, LVN
During my Basic Life Support (BLS) class, I was given all of the necessary skills to be confident and not be afraid if ever one of my patients or family members collapses due to a heart condition, such as a heart attack. PDRE’s instructors and staff provide a very friendly, informative, humorous, interesting, and stress-free class that makes me want to personally refer all of my friends and family to do their CPR training at PDRE. Do not hesitate to try the best American Heart Association courses in the Desert Cities!
Karina, medical assistant and phlebotomist
As an elementary teacher who needed to be responsible for many students, I wanted to learn first aid basics and CPR in case I encounter a time when one of my students may either be choking, bleeding, seizes, faints, breaks a bone, sprains a muscle, becomes allergic, passes out, and experiences other first aid emergencies. Palm Desert Resuscitation Education’s first aid basics and CPR classroom course, which were held in our elementary school, was the perfect out-of-site learning setting to practice first aid basics and CPR for medical and injury emergencies. All of the staff and school employees are truly thankful and now self-assured to be able to provide possible practical first aid basics and CPR to our students, associates, friends or relatives. From my experience, Palm Desert Resuscitation Education quite honestly has the greatest, most efficient and personable instructors teaching top-of-the-line healthcare certification courses.
Gary, elementary teacher
Dr. Nuqui and his staff were truly amazing when I needed my BLS certification for my personal training business. He was very efficient and thorough with all of the course content and materials including the new guideline changes so that we are all up-to-date when it comes to performing effective CPR and step-by-step use of an AED. It was very easy to listen to him because he is not only a great instructor but is outgoing and personable. He really made the class enjoyable and easy to understand. I would definitely go back here for my BLS recertification.
Roel, personal trainer
Being a member of an exclusive golf club in the Palm Springs area, I was surprised by how much I learned in adult CPR and AED use, first aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, and environmental emergencies during an exciting and educational course held by Dr. Nuqui and other instructors in our private Club House. You never know when someone needs help, especially when we are out in the golf course, and those minutes before the first responders get to our location can be vital. Thus, those important medical techniques that Dr. Nuqui presented to us clearly could possibly save one of our participant’s lives. I now feel very comfortable that our golf club members were trained the proper way and can respond to almost any medical emergency.
Pat, General Manager
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