College of the Siskiyous

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

The next two CNA classes are scheduled for Spring and Summer of 2020. Informational meetings for students planning to take the course will be held on the Yreka Campus, RHSI building. Exact dates TBD. For further information, call the Nursing Office at (530) 938-5929.

Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) are essential members of the health care team. CNAs are hired in a wide variety of settings but most frequently in nursing homes. Because of the nature of their work, they often work overtime, as well as evenings, weekends, and holidays. The outlook for work in this field is quite good. The demand for CNAs continues to rise annually.

CNAs are governed by specific job descriptions which define the legal limits of their responsibilities and regulate their code of conduct. CNAs are held to a state standard for mandated reporting.

CNAs provide basic care under the supervision of a registered nurse or licensed vocational nurse and report either to nursing or medical staff. Many RN and VN programs require applicants to have completed a CNA program prior to enrollment. Vocational Nursing programs grant credit towards the VN certificate for previous CNA education and experience.(This will vary with different schools.)

College of the Siskiyous offers short-term, nine-week courses over the summer or sixteen-week courses in the fall and spring semesters. The program provides theory and clinical skills.

Jobs available in:

  • Skilled Care Facilities
  • Extended Care Facilities
  • Residential Care Facilities

The Certified Nurse Assistant program at College of the Siskiyous is accredited through the California Department of Health Services.

Department of Health Services
Licensing and Certification
1615 Capitol Ave.
ATCS – MS 3301
P.O. Box 997416
Sacramento, CA 95899-7416

All candidates are required to complete a criminal background check and drug screening. Information and required forms are provided at the CNA Orientation. Contact the Nursing Program at (530) 938-5929 for additional information.


2001 Campus Drive
Yreka, CA 96097

Interim Director of Nursing
Rhonda Brown, MSN, RN

Program Contact
(530) 938-5929