Basic Patient Care is designed to prepare students for employment as a Nurse Assistant in a variety of settings. Students will learn patient care, observation, and communication skills with an emphasis on caring for the geriatric resident in a long term care facility. Integrated throughout the program are career preparation standards that include basic academic skills, interpersonal skills, problem solving, safety, and technology. Basic Patient Care prepares students to take the State Competency Exam required for certification. Clinical hours are a required component of this program and are available to students with a passing grade. Travel maybe required within the 50 mile radius for clinical hours. 

Class Schedule

Program Tmes Days Start  End Fee 
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
MTWThF Jan 14, 2019 March 12, 2019  $900
EXTERNSHIP (clinical hours)
1:30 pm - 8:00 pm
 Days Vary  Apr 29, 2019 TBD   

  * End date subject to change.

Program Requirements

  • Assessment required prior to enrollment. Must pass with 6th grade level. Current photo ID must be presented at time of assessment.
  • Students must have a passing grade to participate in clinical hours and to take State Competency Exam.
  • Clinical hours are a required component of this program. Specific hours and attendance required as per state regulations.
  • Livescan and criminal clearance (fingerprinting) required for participation in clinical hours. This will be done by Sutter County One Stop approximately 2 weeks prior to class starting.
  • Current photo ID and Social Security Card is required.
  • Required for participation in clinical hours -- these items need to be done prior to first day of class:
    • Negative TB test, physical exam, drug test (10 Panel Drug Screen from Fremont-Rideout Occupational Health, 530-751-4911 or Sutter North Occupational Health 530-749-3422)
    • Current CPR - Health Care Provider certification
    • Immunization Record (Required: Tdap, MMR, Varicella, Hep B: within last 7 yrs, if longer: titer must be done to check if still immune)
  • Flu shot required from the first of November to the end of March.


  • Payment is due in full two weeks prior to start of class.
  • Payment is accepted by cashiers check, cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, debit card, money order or partnering agency voucher. No personal checks are accepted.
  • A class must have a minimum of 15 students, or there is a risk of cancellation.

Where Would I Work?

  • Nursing Care Facilities
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Community Care Facility for the Elderly
  • Employment Services
  • Residential Mental Health Facilities

What Wages Can I Expect?

Average Wages for 2016:
Sutter/Yuba Co: $11.93 Hourly  |  $24,831 Annually

Where Could This Job Lead?

With additional training, a Certified Nurse Assistant can work in a specialty area such as pediatrics, geriatrics, surgery, obstetrics, orthopedics or psychiatry. A typical nursing path would be Certified Nurse Assistant to Licensed Vocational Nurse or Registered Nurse.