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Nurse Assistant & Home Health Aide

NEW REQUIREMENT FOR NURSE 100: Beginning Fall 2019, Medical Terminology (Allied Health 110 at ARC) will be a prerequisite for Nurse 100. All students must submit a transcript showing a medical terminology course with a grade of C or better with the Nurse 100 application. Students with a medical terminology course outside the Los Rios District will need to have the course evaluated by an ARC counselor - call 916-484-8572 for an appointment.

Fall 2019 Nurse Assistant Application Instructions - READ FIRST!!

Fall 2019 Nurse Assistant & Home Health Aide Dual Enrollment Application

Fall 2019 Nurse Assistant Only Application

Fall 2019 Nurse Assistant Schedule

Questions regarding the Nurse Assistant application can be directed to Professor Blaney: 

Recommended Sequence of Courses:

New Course! Nurse 299: Foundations of Caregiving (2 units)

Foundations of Caregiving provides a clear description of several possible healthcare career choices that include, but are not limited to: Nursing, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Radiology, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Aide and Medical Transcriptionists. The bulk of the course will provide information and skills to be a caregiver in home health, assisted living and residential homes. Upon completion, the student will obtain the necessary skills to be confident in providing care to those needing assistance in their daily activities. The certificate of completion will enable the student to be employed immediately after the course.  Earning wage for this level of caregiving is between $12-16 per hour. It is an excellent level of training for those desiring immediate employment, knowledge of the health care system and a work environment that is often flexible to accommodate other educational goals. There are no prerequisites to take this course.

AH 110: Medical Terminology (3 units)

This course is an orientation to medical language. It covers the basic structure of medical terms and their components: prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining forms with emphasis on meaning, spelling, and pronunciation. This course also builds a medical vocabulary applicable to the specialties of medicine, the systems of the body, names of major diseases, and terms used in physical examination, diagnosis, and treatment. This course is a prerequisite to Nurse 100 course (Certified Nurse Assistant). AH 110 can be taken simultaneously with Foundations of Caregiving. There are no pre-requisites to take this course.

Nurse 100: Certified Nurse Assistant (7 units)

This course is accredited through the California Department of Public Health. Upon completion, students are eligible to take the licensing exam through the State of California, enabling work in a long-term care facility, rehabilitation facility and some subacute facility. There are 86 hours of classroom theory, 9 hours of skills lab practice, and over 100 hours of hands-on clinical experience with patients in a nursing facility.  To qualify for selection into the course, you must 1) complete an application with proof of completing a medical terminology course with a "C" or better; 2) complete the medical documentation 3) have a current negative TB test 4) an immunization record showing a current seasonal flu vaccine 5) Criminal Background Check.  This process is explained in the instructions provided below.  Earning wage for CNAs in the Sacramento area are between $14-18 per hour.  Course Prerequisite: Medical Terminology with a "C" or better.

Nurse 101: Home Health Aide (2 unit) 

Students must have either a current CNA license or have completed Nurse 100 to qualify for this course. The Home Health Aide course is a higher level of home health caregiving education and provides more employment possibilities. It is a two-unit course with 40 hours of classroom theory, and 40 hours of hands-on clinical experience. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate from the State of California enabling you to work in home health.  Earning wage for a Home Health Aide in the Sacramento area is between $15-20 per hour. The course is offered during the final 3 weeks of the fall and spring semesters. Prerequisites for this course include successful completion of Nurse 100 -OR- a current California CNA license, along with all requirements for Nurse 100.

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Home Health Aide Information

In the State of California, there are two types of home health care agencies. The first one is a non-medical model in which there are no orders from a doctor or a licensed nurse supervising the care. This caregiver does not need a certificate or credentials to work for an agency.

The second type is a medical-model. In this case, there is a physician ordering care, therapists providing rehabilitation needs, and licensed nurses overseeing the home health care aide. To work in this type of home health, you must complete an accredited course and obtain a Home Health Aide certificate issued by the State of California. 

ARC offers an accredited Home Health Aide course for students that have completed a Certified Nurse Assistant course, or students that are already a CNA.  Students enrolled in the Home Health Aide course while in the CNA course do not need to repeat the physical exam, TB test, flu shot or fingerprinting. Students that enroll after the CNA course will repeat all health requirements and fingerprinting to qualify for enrollment.

For students who are interested in vocational training and who are not necessarily seeking a college degree, we offer two classes:

NURSE 100 - Nurse Assistant

NURSE 101 - Home Health Aide

The Nurse Assistant and Home Health Aide courses are designed for students who:

Other Important Gainful Employment Information and Opportunities/Links:

Department of Labor Job Market for Certified Nurse Assistant, Job Titles in Healthcare

Department of Labor Job Market for Home Health Aide

California Department of Public Health


NOTE:  Certified Nurse Assistant Testing - American River College no longer does testing. Contact Info: Northern California Regional Testing Center, Mission College, 3000 Mission College Blvd., MS 19, Santa Clara, CA 95054 (408) 855-5203, 855-5216