Certified Nursing Assistant


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 a 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.

CNAs are employed in long-term care facilities, hospital acute care teams, home health care, and other medical facilites. 

The Course

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

The CNA Course runs Monday to Friday for 6 weeks (200 hours total), with theory classes for the first 2 weeks, followed by a 4 week clinical externship. An optional 8 hour job readiness module 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. 

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Orientation Days

Students must attend a mandatory orientation hour for CNA Course admission. 

Nest Orientation Day

  • Friday, December 15th, 4 pm to 5 pm, at Bay Area Medical Academy's San Francisco campus. To Sign up to attend this orientation and get event details, click here

Please contact us on 415-217-0077 or at studentservices@bamasf.com if you can't make this orientation day, but would still like to meet with BAMA staff about enrolling in the CNA Course. 

CNA Course FAQ

To assist you in your research of BAMA's CNA course, here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions