Nurse Assistant Degree Programs in Panorama City, CA

Oct 26, 2018

The Panorama City, California, area has a number of assistant nursing training programs. Learn about two of these programs, all within 30 miles of downtown, and get info on admission policies and program requirements to make an informed education decision.

Panorama City, CA, Schools with Nurse Assistant Programs

Prospective nurse assistants in Panorama City, California, can find a variety of training options at colleges throughout the greater Los Angeles area. This article looks at two schools that are 35 minutes or less from downtown Panorama City and at the programs they offer. There is also a table of facts about each school, such as enrollment and costs that can help prospective students make a decision regarding their education. Following this is the name of an additional nearby school that offers a relevant program.

  • El Camino College in Compton, about 28 miles from downtown Panorama City, offers a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) program.
  • Through Hacienda La Puente Adult Education, students can enroll in a CNA training program and an acute care CNA class. This school is about 29 miles from the heart of Panorama City.

Comparison of Schools

Aspiring nurse assistant students can explore their school options with this table of important information.

El Camino College Hacienda La Puente Adult Education
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 7,422* 4,020*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition and fees for program (2017-2018) $600** $1,235 for CNA program; $657 for Acute Care CNA course***
% of beginning students receiving some form of financial aid (2016-2017) 83%* 52%*
Acceptance Rate Open admissions policy Open admissions policy
Full-time Student Retention Rate (2017) 61%* 15%*
Graduation Rate (students who began in fall 2014-15) 18%* 79%*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **El Camino College, ***Hacienda La Puente Adult Education.

El Camino College

This community college offers degree and certificate programs in different academic departments. The state-approved CNA training course is offered through the school's nursing program.

Certified Nurse Assistant Course

This CNA course takes 18 hours per week for eight weeks of full-time study to complete. Courses are held both on campus and at local hospitals. Prospective students must pass a physical exam, a health screening and an English competency test. Once enrolled, students learn patient care techniques and methods of collecting and reporting medical data. Concepts of ethics, team building, critical thinking and cultural sensitivity are integrated into the curriculum.

Hacienda La Puente Adult Education

Hacienda La Puente Adult Education offers a wide variety of courses to prepare students for careers in areas such as business, health, technology, and service. In addition to the two CNA programs mentioned below, Hacienda also offers continuing education for CNAs.

Certified Nurse Assistant Program

In order to enroll in the nurse assistant program, students must first earn a certificate for the caregiver course, which gives instruction for assisted living and in-home caregivers. The 480-hour nurse assistant program also requires students to take a TB test, as well as complete a physical exam and drug screening. Classes are held during the day and evenings.

Acute Care Certified Nurse Assistant Course

This 80-hour course prepares individuals for work in acute care settings, such as emergency rooms, orthopedics, pediatrics, ambulatory or outpatient acute care and medical/surgical units. The same screenings are required as for the CNA program.

Other School Options

Certified nurse assistant courses are also offered through Los Angeles Mission College, about 6 miles away in Sylmar, California.

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