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CNA/HHA Program Summary

Summary about the Certified Nursing Assistant(CNA)/Home Health Aide (HHA) program and the roles of the CDE.


Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) and Home Health Aides (HHAs) provide long term care to the elderly and disabled in skilled nursing facilities and home settings as outlined by the California Code of Regulations, Chapter 2.5, Article 1, Title 22 and the Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter IV.  Approximately 85 percent of CNA/HHA instructional programs are provided by Regional Occupational Centers and Programs (ROC/Ps) and Adult Education programs.


The California Department of Education serves as liaison for secondary and post secondary career technical education providers of CNA/HHA program approval, complaint follow-up, and remediation as well as ongoing program quality monitoring and field communication.


The ROC/Ps and Adult Education programs provide no-cost or low-cost CNA/HHA training to over 6.500 students annually.  Over 94 percent of the individuals completing either ROCP or Adult School CNA/HHA training pass their State Certification Examination. These instructional efforts address the growing crisis in the long-term health care industry by providing qualified individuals to fill the growing number of CNA/HHA vacancies.    


CDE Career and Workforce Innovations Unit staff time to administer, monitor, advise and consult with CNA/HHA program administrators is funded from the Carl D. Perkins federal grant.

Students Served

Any secondary or post secondary level student has access to CNA/HHA training programs offered through their respective ROCP or Adult School.  Over 8,600 students are served each year in California. 


Students successfully completing the CNA/HHA program qualify to take the State Certification Exam to become a Certified Nurse Assistant or Home Health Aide.  Approximately 94 percent of the students completing these training programs passed the certification exam.

Contact Information

The CNA/HHA Program is administered by:

Clay Mitchell, Education Programs Consultant

California Department of Education
Career and College Transition Division
Career Technical Education Leadership and Instructional Support Office
1430 N Street, Suite 4202
Sacramento, CA 95814

Questions:   Clay Mitchell | | 916-445-5568
Last Reviewed: Monday, August 18, 2014

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