CNA - Certified Nurse Assistant

CNA class of 2015

Nurse Assistant Program

Update: The next CNA class is scheduled for Spring 2018. An informational meeting for students planning to take the course will be held on at the Yreka Campus, RHSI building on January 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm. For further information, call the Nursing Office at 841-5929.

Certified Nurse’s Assistants (CNAs) are essential members of the health care team.  CNAs are hired in a wide variety of settings but most frequently in nursing homes.  Because of the nature of their work, they often work overtime, as well as evenings, weekends, and holidays.  The outlook for work in this field is quite good.  The demand for CNAs continues to rise annually.

CNAs are governed by specific job descriptions which define the legal limits of their responsibilities and regulate their code of conduct. CNAs are held to a state standard for mandated reporting.

CNAs provide basic care under the supervision of a registered nurse or licensed vocational nurse and report either to nursing or medical staff.  Many RN and VN programs require applicants to have completed a CNA program prior to enrollment.  Vocational Nursing programs grant credit towards the VN certificate for previous CNA education and experience. (This will vary with different schools.)

College of the Siskiyous offers short-term, nine-week courses over the summer or sixteen-week courses in the fall and spring semesters. The program provides theory and clinical skills.

Jobs available in:

  • Skilled Care Facilities
  • Extended Care Facilities
  • Residential Care Facilities

The Nursing Assistant program at College of the Siskiyous is accredited through the California Department of Health Services.

Department of Health Services
Licensing & Certification
1615 Capitol Ave.
ATCS – MS 3301
P.O. Box 997416
Sacramento, CA 95899-7416

All candidates are required to complete a criminal background check and drug screening. Information and required forms are provided at the CNA Orientation. Contact the Nursing Program at (530) 841-5929(530) 841-5929 for additional information. Call or email the Department of Health Services at (916) 327-2445(916) 327-2445 or to receive information about arrests, convictions, or other violations that may affect your ability to gain certification.


Program Contact
Nursing Office
(530) 841-5929(530) 841-5929