Certified Nursing Assistant

Class starts June 5th in Berkeley
Sign up by May 1st and get 50% off this inaugural class!

(Please see below for mandatory CNA orientation
days ahead of class start date)


A Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) is an entry-level health professional who works under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) and/or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to provide patient care primarily in long-term care, skilled nursing, and hospital settings.

Job Outlook

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall demand for nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides is projected to grow much faster than the average rate for all occupations.

Modern technological advancements have enabled people to live longer. The resulting growing number of elderly Americans is driving the need for long-term care provided by CNAs.

What Does the CNA Do?

Some of the typical tasks provided by CNAs include taking patients’ temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration rate; keeping patient records in terms of food/fluid intake and output; assisting patients with grooming and personal hygiene; obtaining food trays and assisting residents with feeding; and working with residents on range-of-motion exercises and movements.

In general, most CNAs are employed in long-term patient care facilities; CNAs also provide home health care, and work in hospitals and other medical facilities. 

The Course

The CNA Program is a 6 week long program designed to prepare individuals to provide services to long-term care patients.  The program is approved through the Department of Public Health.

The CNA program will run Monday to Friday for six weeks (200 hours total), with theory classes for the first two weeks from 8:30 am to 3 pm, followed by clinical training for the next four weeks from 7 am to 3:30 pm at an assisted living faciity.  The optional job readiness module (8 hours) incorporates an array of work-directed services to help participants transition to sustained economic independence. Graduates learn effective job search strategies, interviewing and resume preparation skills. 

Orientation Days

If you'd like to enroll in the CNA course, we have a mandatory orientation day on:

  • Friday, April 28th, 4 pm to 5 pm

The CNA orientation days will be held at:

Berkely Adult School
Room 114
1701 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley CA 94702

Reserve Your Orientation Day Place

To attend the current week's CNA orientation day, please RSVP here. Alternatively, you may email info@bamasf.com or call 415-217-0077. 

If you'd like to RSVP for a future CNA orientation day, please email info@bamasf.com or call 415-217-0077. 

Please note: attending one orientation day is mandatory to be accepted into the CNA course.