Certified Nursing Assisting

Concentration of Study Overview

There are two application periods for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, May 1 through June 1 and October 1 through November 1. Applications will be available online the first day of application period and will end on the last day of each period.

  • New applicants will need to turn in an application with proof of completion (or current semester enrollment) of English 101.
  • Reapplying applicants will need to show proof of completion of English 101 if you were taking it at the time of last application period.  Must have a grade of C or better to remain on the waitlist.

If you wish to be contacted about our Lompoc CNA Program open house, please click below and fill out the form.

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 As a certified nursing assistant (CNA), you will be on the front lines of patient care. If you enjoy caring for people who are sick or unable to care for themselves, than a career as a certified nursing assistant may be right for you. Your compassion and skill in patient care will help minimize the stress of patients and provide much needed support for registered nurses (RNs). For many, CNA is the first step to becoming an RN.

Certified nursing assistants, also known as nurses' aides, orderlies, patient care technicians, and home health aides, work under the supervision of a nurse to provide assistance to patients with daily living tasks.

As a CNA you will work closely with patients serving their basic care needs such as bathing, grooming and feeding them, assisting nurses with medical equipment, and checking patient vital signs. You will also provide patients with important social and emotional support and report vital information on patient conditions to nurses.

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Accreditation Information

Allan Hancock College CNA program is approved by the California Department of Public Health and can be found listed on their CNA Training Program List.  According to the Allan Hancock College CNA Program Director, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) board exam pass rates for Allan Hancock College was 98% (written portion) and 95% (skills portion) in Fall 2018 and 95% (written portion) and 95% (skills portion) in Spring 2019.



Nursing is a demanding discipline and the course of study is challenging as well as rewarding. Needs for continuing education units to stay current in the profession are always required.


Summer application period is April 1 - April 30
Winter application period is October 15 - November 15
Program registration - click for days and time
Seats are decided upon randomized lottery results.

  •  NURS 416: Certified Home Health Aide (total of 24 students admitted) - Summer and Winter

You must check with the state to verify CEU courses.

Application requirements:

Home Health Aide: (Must provide copy at time of application)

  • Current Certified Nurse Assistant Certificate ONLY
  • Current CPR Card (Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer Only)
  • Current TB Skin Test (Expires 1 year after date given)
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination Series Documentation

The state has very strict guidelines in order to be qualified for the  CEU program.  You must have had a background check and physical with Allan Hancocks' CNA program within the year to be considered. 

EKG / Monitor Observer

 Summer application period is April 1 - April 30

  • NURS 422: EKG/Monitor Observer (total of 30 students admitted) - Summer only

Application Requirement:

  • Current CNA/LVN/RN license - (Must provide a copy at time of application)

EKG is no longer a CEU course here at AHC, however it is a valuable tool to have with your nursing career.  



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Last Modified Nov 26, 2019