The Nursing Assistant course is a 6-12 week program that is designed for students who have expressed an interest in the entry level nursing profession. This course, approved by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and meets Title 22 regulations, will train you to provide care in nursing homes, long-term facilities and hospitals. You will receive 60 hours of theory instruction and 100 hours of clinical experience at a clinical site under instructors’ supervision. Graduates of the program meet the state requirements to be eligible to take the California state certification examination. After completing the Nursing Assistant program and successfully passing the state certification test, the student is issued a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) certification by the state of California. We are happy to say that our students boast a pass rate of over 90% on the state certification test!


With the current pandemic situation, Ventura Training Institute is taking necessary steps to aid in the fight against COVID-19. In the best interests of our students, we will be offering the 60 hours of theory as an online option. Classes are held through Google Classroom and would only require internet access and a smartphone, iPad, laptop or desktop computer. Please contact us to learn more about this at (805) 385-5485.

In addition, the state of California has announced a paid program to relieve our healthcare system. This program may be available to students who are currently enrolled at Ventura Training Institute in our Nurse Assistant program. To read more about this program you may visit https://covid19.ca.gov/healthcorps/.


  • Must be at least 16 years of age or older
    - If student is a minor, a parent or guardian must also attend the enrollment process and register student.
  • A valid social security number (SSN) or individual tax identification number (ITIN) AND current government issued ID
  • Submit a current health and physical form, immunization records and current TB test complete by a Physician (MD) or Nurse practitioner (NP)
    - For a physical form to be considered current, it must be completed within the last year and not expire during program.
  • Completion of Reading Assessment
    - Recommended if student does not have a HS diploma or GED


Applicants must complete and submit an enrollment agreement to VTI for consideration.


  • Registration Fee
  • Tuition
  • Criminal Background Check/Livescan
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification from the American Heart Association
  • California Nurse Assistant Candidate Handbook
  • Nursing Assistant Care: Long-Term Care Course Book
  • Nursing Assistant Care: Long-Term Care Workbook​
  • Clinical ID Badge
  • Two (2) set of uniforms
  • Stethoscope/Blood Pressure Cuff
  • State Licensing Exam (First Attempt Only)
  • Liability Insurance


Students accepted into the Nurse Assistant training program will be notified in person or via phone.  Applicants accepted into the Nurse Assistant program must submit the following: health and physical form, immunizations record and TB test.  The applicant must not have any communicable diseases, infections, psychological disorders and other conditions that would prevent the successful performance of the responsibilities and tasks required in the education and training.

Based on state guidelines from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and clinical facility policies, the students must have clear criminal background checks and be fingerprinted to participate in clinical courses.  VTI requires that applicants disclose prior misdemeanors and felony convictions.  Any conviction receives an evaluation by the CDPH. CDPH evaluates criminal convictions for any offense and either grants or denies criminal record. Due to longer processing times, there is the possibility that the student may have completed training, passed competency examination, paid tuition and testing fees, and still not obtain a background clearance. Failure to obtain background clearance prohibits students from obtaining CNA certification.

This program is approved by The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Licensing and Certification Division. They can be reached at (916) 327-2445.

For additional information you may contact Ventura Training Institute at (805) 385-5485.


If you are ready to start the enrollment process, please click the link below to download the registration documents and call us at (805) 385-5485 to schedule a registration appointment.