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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

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 Classes Begin in Spring 2024!


A CNA performs basic care and nursing services related to the safety, comfort, protection, and care of residents in a skilled nursing facility. 

  1. Length of Program: 3 Months
  2. Cost: $2,502 - grant and payment plan available!
  3. Schedule: M-F, 8:30am-3:00pm*

*Hours may vary especially during 8-week externship.


  • Train students in basic CNA tasks directed toward the safety, comfort and personal hygiene and protection of residents/patients. 
  • Prepare students for California State CNA Certification. 
  • Increase the number of CNAs trained in person-directed care and placed in jobs following CNA program completion. 
  • Increase the number of CNAs trained in person-centered care and placed in jobs following CNA program completion. 
  • Increase CNA retention rates at participating healthcare providers. 
  • Provide an entry point for economically-disadvantaged individuals to enter a professional development pathway leading to greater economic sufficiency. 


  • Meet the minimum attendance requirements.
  • Maintain an 80% average on assignments, skills, test, and competency assessments.
  • Successfully completes required clinical experience.
  • Take the National Nurse Aid Assessment Program Certification Examination.


Offered in collaboration with Opportunity Junction and Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa & Solano!

John Muir Community Health Fund approved a grant for Opportunity Junction and Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa & Solano, in partnership with Mount Diablo Adult Education, to launch the Health Career Pathway initiative to create a regional response to significant allied health professional staffing and quality improvement needs for those delivering care (to uninsured, underinsured, underserved and vulnerable Contra Costa residents most at-risk for poor health), while providing a pathway towards economic sufficiency for low-income individuals.

You can complete the Opportunity Junction CNA Interest Application here.

For more information contact

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Room: C5
Office Hours: M-F, 8:00am-4:30pm
Phone: (925) 685-7340, ext. 6730


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In Contra Costa County, employment for Certified Nursing Assistants is expected to increase by 18.1% in the next 5 years. The current median wage for entry-level CNAs is $21.31 per hour.

(Source: California Employment Development Department).