Northern California Healthcare Institute

Enrolled: 8 students
Lectures: 41
Level: CNA Program Modules

The model curriculum was developed following California Department of Public Health Services
(CDPH) guidelines. The theory and clinical hours listed are the minimum hours of study
required to meet CDPH’s approval. However, additional time is strongly encouraged to
adequately cover the material. A majority of Nurse Assistants are prepared in the Regional
Occupation Programs and Adult Education programs. Therefore, this approach has enabled the
faculty to expand the content in a less restricted length of time.

The model curriculum is organized into seventeen (17) modules, with each module containing
lesson plans. The lesson plans include performance standards which should be met at a
minimum percentage, terminology, suggested learner activities, suggested teaching strategies,
references, content for each standard, suggested evaluation methodology, clinical applications,
manual skills (where appropriate), handouts and sample test items. Educators are encouraged
to mold the curriculum to suit their program needs.

The performance standards are broad, whereas the suggested content for each standard is
specific, allowing for multiple teaching and evaluation strategies. Suggestions for teaching are
given, but instructors are encouraged to personalize the teaching strategies to their own style
and add literacy.

It is suggested that the sample test items be used in a pre/post-test format, as quiz items, or as
part of a unit final. The instructor is encouraged to expand upon these items, as they represent
only a sample of the content. The level of student performance expected should be determined
by the instructor to meet both curriculum goals and standards of practice, especially those
related to resident safety.

In addition, students should demonstrate proficiency in all clinical tasks. Preset performance
standards determine the level of performance expected to ensure that the Nurse Assistant has
the skills necessary to consistently perform these tasks safely. Since multiple skills are
exhibited during patient care, it is expected that ongoing observation and evaluation of resident
care skills will occur throughout the clinical experience. The National Nurse Aide Assessment
Program (NNAAP) manual skills check list published in the California Nurse Assistant Candidate
Handbook by Pearson Vue can be used to monitor the successful completion of these skills.
The steps listed in the NNAAP skills are used in the manual skills certification exam. You can
download the California Nurse Assistant Candidate Handbook at

Instructors who evaluate students should provide feedback throughout the training. Areas that
require improvement should be discussed with the student in addition to strategies or remedies
for improvement. The student may or may not be able to experience each clinical application in
the educational setting, but the instructor should provide the opportunity for students to either
role-play or demonstrate and allow return demonstration for the application of these skills.

The model curriculum may be used for classroom and educational purposes only. It is
prohibited by copyright law to reproduce any portion of this model curriculum for inclusion in
products with a profit intention. Do not add any other name or change any portions of this

Please refer to the CDPH Training Review Unit website for all other information regarding Nurse
Assistant Training.


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CNA Skills Video Demonstration

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