CNA Classes San Diego, CA

Demand for nurse aides and CNAs at long term care facilities continues to grow in California and cities like San Diego. To become a CNA (certified nursing assistant or certified nurse aide) in California you will need to attend a state approved CNA program as well as successfully pass a California CNA exam. California has one of the most stringent standards for hours for CNA certification. You must complete 160 hours of classes at a state accredited program. If you’re in the San Diego area, we’ve assembled a list of CNA classes to help you find an accredited program to help you on your educational and career search.

The CNA schools displayed in this section offer tuition-based programs.

California CNA program requirements

The total number of classroom hours required to become a CNA in California and the breakdown of classroom versus supervised clinical hours.

  • 100 total hours
  • 60 hours of classroom
  • 40 hours of clinical exposure

Requirements for being a certified CNA in California include:

  • Be a minimum of 16 years old
  • Demonstrate that you are in good physical health
  • Have up to date immunization records
  • Pass a legal background checks
  • Be fluent in English, or fluent in the dominant language used in the facility
  • Proof of graduating a state certified CNA program
  • Pass the state CNA exam
  • Being listed on the California state CNA registry

CNA Classes in San Diego

There are a number of CNA programs in San Diego for you to choose from as you look to begin your career in healthcare. If you’re looking for employer sponsored CNA classes in the San Diego area you’ll want to contact these listings individually to see if they offer options that cover or reimburse tuition.

Fast Track Medical Training Fast Track Medical Training of San Diego provides a comprehensive CNA program to students as they prepare to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAP) exam. Topics covered will include taking vital signs, positioning, bathing, dressing and other personal care skills when taking care of a patient. For more information, go to, or call (858) 610-4767

San Diego Medical College CNA School Students at the San Diego Medical College CNA School students will study in both the state required classroom environment as well as fulfill their clinical instruction duties. The program offers day, night, and weekend class schedules. To learn more you can visit their website at call (619) 271-0700

International Health Group Career College International Health Group Career College provides CDPH approved CNA classes, including a hybrid online class option. The program boasts students graduating and achieve high test scores on their California CNA exams. For more information, go to or call them at (858) 278-9800

CNA Free Class LocationsCityPhone
Fast Track Medical Training
San Diego(858) 610-4767
San Diego Medical College
San Diego(210) 692-3262
International Health Group
San Diego(858) 278-9800
California Medical College
San Diego(858) 357-8800

Helpful links for San Diego CNAs

Finding a local CNA class in the San Diego area is critical to becoming a CNA, but if you are still in the research phase of learning more about the profession or the requirements to gain your certification, we suggest the following links: