New programs have been developed in Medical Assisting:
The Medical Assisting program consists of a set of core courses which can be taken at anytime. After those are completed, there is a required Externship. To take part, please fill out the application and return it to Counseling. Students must also complete a Certified Background Check (Instructions).
After completing the program, take the California Certifying Board for Medical Assistants (CCBMA) exam here at Cerro Coso at the Certification Testing Center.
CNA classes offered five times a year at IWV/Ridgecrest, and twice a year in Kern River Valley.
CNA classes offered three times a year at ESCC Bishop
After passing the CNA course, students will need to contact the Red Cross, pass the Nurse Assistant Competency Exam, and obtain a Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate. Students may be reimbursed for the exam fees if they work for a Long Term Care Facility within the first year. The facility will handle any reimbursement, and they will need a receipt.
The HHA class is offered every summer at IWV/Ridgecrest. You MUST have current CNA certification before you can enroll in the class.
Accelerated LVN Programs start in January. Take the pre-reqs now!
All prerequisites with a grade of "C" or better have to be done prior to the start of the LVN Program. It typically will take a student 2 years to complete both the prerequisites and the LVN Program. Completing the AS degree in Vocational Nursing is strongly encouraged.
Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) Pass Rates
Bakersfield College offers the LVN to RN Bridge Program at the IWV/Ridgecrest campus. Please contact Dinorah Castro at Bakersfield College for more information.