Bakersfield College


Nurse Assistant Job Skills Certificate

The Nurse Assistant job skills certificate prepares the student to provide services to those who need health care. The student will learn the role of the caregiver, the healthcare environment, health care safety, adult needs in health and illness, and basic caregiving skills.

The mission of the Bakersfield College Nurse Assistant Program is to provide vocational education that will prepare the student to provide basic services to those who need healthcare. The program is committed to improving and advancing the health and welfare of our community by preparing competent, safe, health care professionals.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will demonstrate an understanding of knowledge and skills necessary to provide basic patient care including but not limited to the following skills:

  • performing basic hygiene — taking and documenting vital information (vital signs, height, weight)
  • documenting patient care
  • assisting with elimination needs
  • collecting specimens
  • demonstrate an understanding of effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • promote the independence of patients
  • demonstrate an understanding of protection of patient privacy and patient rights
  • demonstrate an understanding of safety and emergency procedures including the Heimlich maneuver

Requirements for the Nurse Assistant (JSC) program:

Conditional Enrollment: As a condition of enrollment in any Nursing/Allied Health Program, students are required to submit to and pass a designated drug and alcohol screening, a background screening, and physical examination clearance (at the student’s expense). Please note the following:

  • A history of felony conviction(s) or any bar, exclusion or other ineligibility for federal program participation could render student ineligible for clinical placement, as determined by the clinical agencies.
  • If a student cannot obtain background clearance from the clinical agencies, it will not be possible to place the student in the clinical areas, which is a required component of the program. In the event that a student cannot obtain a background clearance, the space will be forfeited. Students who are found to be ineligible for clinical placement by the clinical agency after admission to the program shall be subject to dismissal from the program, as they will be unable to complete mandatory clinical rotations.
  • A physical examination completed by a physician of the student’s choice is required after acceptance to the Program to demonstrate that a student meets the technical standards necessary to meet the Program objectives. Appropriate immunizations and/or vaccinations and mask fit testing are also required and are performed at the student’s expense.

Program Costs

An estimated cost for the program(fees, textbooks, uniforms, and examination) is approximately $1,000. Financial aid may be available.

Program Approval Accreditation

The California Department of Public Health approves the Bakersfield College Nurse Assistant Program. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredits Bakersfield College. Licensure/Certification Eligibility Students with a misdemeanor and/or felony arrest conviction, either current or prior, may not receive certification or licensure from the State or County. Also, a Social Security number and fingerprinting are required by State certification/licensure agencies.


Upon successful completion of the Nurse Assistant course, the student is eligible to take the competency exam for a Certified Nurse Assistant administered by the American Red Cross. This job skills certificate provides proof to the California Department of Public Health that the student has met the requirements for licensure. Students must complete the required courses with at least a ‘C’ grade.

Career Opportunities:

Employment as a Licensed Vocational Nurse can be in a variety of health care settings.

To Achieve the Job Skills Certificate

Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded a Nurse Assistant Job Skills Certificate.

Total Units: 6.0

Required Courses

Course # Name Units
MEDS B69 Nurse Assistant 6.0

More information can be found on the Allied Health website or in the Bakersfield College Allied Health Office, MS 178.

Pursuant to SB 1393, a student of a registered nursing program with a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution is not required to complete any coursework other than that which is unique and exclusively required to earn a nursing degree from that institution. All course work must meet the graduation requirements and licensure eligibility requirements as set forth by the Board of Registered Nursing.