Certified Nursing Assistant Program

Welcome to the Dorothy D. Rupe CNA / HHA Program

Fees waived!  The Dorothy D. Rupe grant pays the enrollment and all mandatory fees* for all CNA courses, textbooks, California State Certification Test fee, Fingerprint fee, and provides one uniform for all CNA students.  Student must incur the costs for their CPR class, physical exam requirements, and any optional SBCC fees.  *Note:  Out-of-state and International tuition must be paid by the student.

The CNA Program is typically offered every Fall and Spring semesters. See "CNA Application Process" below for how to apply.

  • Spring 2023: Deadline to submit a complete application is November 23, 2022. 
  • Fall 2023: Applications accepted March 1, 2023, to May 1, 2023. 
  • A CNA is an important member of the Healthcare team who helps people in need. In the 12-week program, the student learns safe and effective ways to assist ill, disabled, and/or elderly people with the basic activities of living, such as:
    • bathing
    • dressing
    • feeding
    • toileting
    • grooming
    • mobility
    Students also learn communication skills, professional behavior, the importance of teamwork, and how to provide social and emotional support to the people they care for. CNAs work in skilled nursing facilities with the elderly, in hospital settings, and in homes.
  • Any applicant with the basic skills listed below can be a CNA.
    • Skills Advisories: ENG 88 and Composition and ENG 103 Critical Thinking and Reading.
    • ESL students must have completed Level 5.
    • Math proficiency: Basic arithmetic is necessary including ability to do addition, subtraction, fractions, and percentage.

Application Information

  • Seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis when ALL requirements below are received.

    A complete CNA application is comprised of the following:

    1. SBCC application (www.sbcc.edu/apply)
    2. CNA application form 
    3. Current CPR card from an American Heart Association (AHA) course for the Health Care Provider or Professional Rescuer 
    4. Valid Social Security card
    5. Physical exam (physical exam requirements and list of local SB clinics if you don't have a doctor):
    6. MMR Immunization
    7. Hepatitis B Immunization (if you choose not to be vaccinated against Hep B, complete the Hep B Declination form)
    8. TB testing 
    9. A COVID-19 vaccine is required for all CNA students. The clinical sites that our students are sent to for their clinical training do not accept a waiver of any kind.


    Submit your complete application one of two ways:

    • Electronically - ShareFile
    • Through the Mail -
      Santa Barbara City College
      721 Cliff Drive
      Health Technologies Office
      Santa Barbara, CA 93109


  • The Health Technologies Office will clear you to be able to register for the course. You will not be able to register ahead of this process being complete. You will be notified via your Pipeline email.

    Accepted students will be fingerprinted prior to the start of the program; you will be given information about this after program acceptance.

    IF YOU HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF A CRIME, click here for steps that must be taken.  You must have this taken care of prior to starting the program (this is independent of the fingerprinting requirement). 

  • A typical week consists of Lecture, Lab and Clinicals. Below is an example of a possible class schedule. It varies from semester to semester, and sometimes there may be Clinicals scheduled on Saturdays.  Example schedule below.
    Weeks 1 through 3    
    Tuesdays and Wednesdays:   Classroom 8:00 am - noon
    Fridays:                               Classroom 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
      Lab 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Beginning week four:    
    Tuesdays and Wednesdays:   Clinical setting   6:45 am to 2:00 pm
    Fridays:                                Classroom 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
      Lab 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • If you have been convicted of a crime, you must complete the Criminal Screening Procedure through the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Unable to attend at SBCC? There are programs in Ventura. SBCC is NOT affiliated with these programs, and you will need to pay the program costs, but we are providing information if you are interested: 

Please click here to find more CNA programs in California.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:
Santa Barbara City College
721 Cliff Drive
Health Technologies Office
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

Fax:  805-963-7222
Attn: CNA Program

Email: healthtech@pipeline.sbcc.edu
Phone:  805-730-4166