Health (Nurse) Assistant (AHP 060) / Home Health Aide (AHP 062)

Certified Nurse Assistant Courses

Health Assistant - AHP 060

Home Health Aide (Tentative) - AHP 062


Completion of ENG 009 and MATH 061 prior to enrollment in AHP 060 is strongly recommended to prepare the student for the nursing assistant content taught and the Competency Exam. Math includes operations with whole and rational numbers, conversion of fractions, decimals, and percentages. Students are advised to meet with their counselor or the Nursing & Allied Health counselor for advisement in this area.

The AHP 060 is a one-semester nursing assistant courses at IVC. Upon completing this course, students are eligible to take the State Competency Exam and receive their State certification as a CNA. To register for this course, students must first have applied to IVC and have an established date to register. The Admissions and Records Office can assist with questions on this process. They can be reached at 760-355-6101. For guidance and direction on the AHP 060 Course or any other courses on campus, contact one of the counselors for assistance. The Counseling Office can be reached by calling 760-355-6543 or on the website

To enroll in the AHP 060 course, students must be 17 years of age or older, in good health, and able to lift a minimum of 35lb.

What does a CNA do? A CNA works in a variety of health care agencies, but most specifically the demand lies in long-term care such as convalescent homes and skilled nursing facilities. Certified nursing assistants work under the supervision of a registered nurse. They provide basic care to the patients. They spend more time with the patient than any other staff member in the facility. The CNA also helps with taking vital signs, helps walk the patient, helps patient in and out of bed, helps patient with a bath or shower, or just maintains the patient's room. CNA's are also used as caregivers for assistance in the home. Hourly pay can be from minimum wage up to and $17.50 depending on facility and experience.

AHP 060 Estimated Costs:



Tuition ($46/unit) x 5.5 units






BLS Healthcare Provider Class


Lab fee




One set - Electronic Livescan Fingerprints

$32 plus a rolling fee

Physical Exam (Health Services Fee)


Immunizations – MMR, PPD, T-Dap, Heb B, Varicella


State Competency Exam



$678 - 979

Once registered in AHP 060:

After a student has registered in AHP 060, they will receive information by email on how to prepare for this Course. Preparation includes completion of the requirements below for class and clinical training. The requirement of the class is that these requirements be completed approximately one (1) week after the first class meeting. Students will be asked to submit documentation ahead of time. Information below details what is required.

  • Clearance Requirements
  • Physical Exam and Immunizations
  • Electronic Livescan Fingerprints
  • CPR Card
  • Background Check and Drug Screen
  • Purchase of Required Textbooks Purchase of Required Uniform and Accessories
  • IVC Nursing Lab Fee
  • Current Gov. ID
  • Original SS card

Physical Exam and Immunizations:

Contact the IVC Student Health Center (SHC) for an appointment – 760-355-6310. Currently, the SHC is located in the 1536 next to Library. An appointment is required and the Student ID must be shown. A referral form will be issued to obtain the required vaccinations – PPD Skin Test (extra cost for required X-rays), MMR, T-Dap, and Influenza (when available). Hepatitis B and Varicella are required and they do incur a cost not covered by the health services fee.

Livescan Electronic Fingerprints:

Obtain one set of electronic livescan fingerprints – contact any of the agencies below, or any agency of choice that conducts electronic fingerprints. You must have the required form with you at the time of appointment, filled in and signed. The link to the form and sample of what information to fill in are below.





I.C. Sheriff's Office

328 Applestill RD

El Centro

760 339-6345

Imperial Valley ROP

687 State Street

El Centro

760 482-2600

Brawley Parks & Recreation

225 A Street


760 344-5675

Calexico Police Dept-Records Department

420 E. 5th Street


760 768-2140

CPR – American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

CPR card must be from the American Heart Association, for healthcare providers. 


CPR Course offered with:

  • David Barham, CPR Instructor 760-960-1046

  • Nick Guzman, CPR Instructor 760-455-3832


Background Check & Drug Screen:

Log on to Website and following the guidelines – fees are paid online. Only Background and Drug Screen need to be purchased.



  • Please see online syllabus


CNA Handbook

Uniform and Accessories:

The required uniform is a scrub top and pants – Dark Aqua Teal – and the Supplier is 5.11 Tactical Store in El Centro - 760-353-9482. Additional materials include:

  • CNA patch – sewn on left sleeve
  • White tennis shoes, closed toe and heel, no mesh
  • IVC Student Name Badge - purchased through the College Center Casbah Room - $5/badge. First name and initial of last name only with picture. Please wait to do until notified by insructor during class.

Nursing Lab Fee:

A lab fee will be charged when registering for AHP 060; this is paid along with registration fees and is not covered by financial aid

State Competency Exam:

After successful completion of the AHP 060 Course, students are eligible to take the State Competency exam. Upon passing the exam, students are eligible to receive State Certification as a nurse assistant. The competency exam has two components, Written and Skills Check-off, and the cost is $100. Students apply directly though the Regional Testing Center of Southern California. The application, practice test questions, testing brochure, and testing locations are available from the website at or by calling 714-895-8708.

Previous Convictions/Misdemeanors

Students must disclose all information to the CA Department of Public Health Services on any and all prior convictions or misdemeanors. Failure to disclose this information may result in the denial of a certificate. The list of Disqualifying Penal Code Sections is found in the State website these will result in automatic denial of an application for certification. For questions, students can contact the CA DHPS Registry directly by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 916-327-2445.

Home Health Aide (AHP 062)

Prerequisite: AHP 060 or CNA certification

IVC offers a Home Health Aide course to students who have completed AHP 060 or have been certified as a nursing assistant. This is a 1.5 unit course that offers 25 hours of classroom instruction and 25 hours of clinical training. Upon completing the course, students are eligible for the State Home Health Aide certification. Fees include tuition, parking, student ID badge, and uniform. Electronic fingerprints will be required if past one year from the AHP 060 course. Convictions and/or misdemeanors will need to be disclosed.

What does a HHA do? Home health aides work primarily in the home, working under the supervision of a home health nurse, and employed in home health care facilities. Usually, experience as a certified nurse assistant is required. Hourly pay can be from minimum wage to about $18 depending on the facility and experience.



Students are advised to meet with the Nursing & Allied Health Program Counselor for guidance and direction on their educational plan. The counselor is located in the Counseling Department, Building 100 – Stella Orfanos-Woo, 760-355-6543 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Questions regarding expired nurse assistance certifications, renewal requirements, out-of-state requirements, or compliance issues, contact the State (CA Department of Public Health) directly at (916) 327-2445 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Questions regarding the State Competency Exam for renewal by taking the exam, contact the Regional Testing Center of Southern California at 714-895-8708 or log on to the website at