The Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) program is a 9 week, 5 credit course offered in the fall and spring semesters at our North County campus in Paso Robles, CA. This program consists of NAST 148 and NAST 148L, which are corequisites and must be taken simultaneously.

Class Description and Schedule

NAST 148 is the lecture/classroom portion of the class, and covers communication, behavior and ethical issues in patient care. Basic patient care skills such as transferring, positioning, feeding, bathing, bed-making and taking vital signs prepare students for clinical experiences in local extended care facilities.  

NAST 148L is the skills portion of the class, where students apply the principles of basic nursing care to patients and clients of all ages in skilled nursing and acute care facilities.  This section of the class gives the student a hands-on opportunity to determine if they enjoy working in healthcare. 

To view the CNA class schedule, go to the Class Finder, then select Subject: Nursing Assistant (NAST), then Class Status: All Classes

CNA Certification Exam

Successful completion of this training program qualifies students to take the state CNA certification exam. Upon passing this exam, students are prepared for employment in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities or private duty nursing at the Nursing Assistant level. CNA certification is issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Students who did not complete their training at Cuesta can find information about exam test fees, dates, and locations at the public websites below: (Northern Region testing center) (Southern Region testing center)


For questions about Cuesta's CNA program, call the North County Nursing office at (805) 591-6200, ext. 4426.

For questions about CNA training programs, certification or re-certification, go to the California Department of Public Health CNA Webpage,or call the CDPH CNA Certification Unit at (916) 327-2445.

To make an appointment with an academic counselor, contact Counseling at (805) 546-3138 (San Luis Obispo campus), or (805) 591-6241 (North County Campus)