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Cerro Coso Community College

Allied Health

Allied Health

Certified Nursing Aide (CNA)

Please see counseling for an application.

Contact information by site:

  • Ridgecrest/IWV: 760-384-6219
  • Bishop: 760-872-1565

All students must complete a Background Check before participating in the program.

After passing the CNA course, students will need to pass the Nurse Assistant Competency Exam, and obtain a Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate. Keep your receipt, because some long term facilities reimburse your fees after working for them for a year.

This program is authorized by California Department of Public Health. To learn more about the agency or to submit a complaint about Cerro Coso Community College’s program after trying to resolve the issue through the local Student Complaint Policy, contact the agency at www.cdph.ca.gov.

  • Medical Billing Certificate
  • Medical Coding Certificate
  • Medical Assisting

    Cerro Coso Community College offers the following medical assisting options:

    The first step is to take the core classes, which are offered online in the spring, summer, and fall. The next step is to take either the administrative and/or clinical medical assisting classes. You will need to contact counseling to take the administrative or clinical medical assisting classes, because they are listed as “restricted” on the schedule. The counseling team will verify that you are either currently enrolled in the core classes or that you have completed them.

    Please note that you need to have a grade of “C” or better in all your medical assisting core classes to move on to the administrative or clinical medical assisting classes, and a grade of “C” or better in all your administrative and/or clinical medical assisting courses to earn the certificate(s) or degree.

    If you have any questions, please contact your local counseling department.

    Medical Assisting Resources

    California Certifying Board for Medical Assistants: examination application, testing, and other resources.

    This program is authorized by California Certifying Board for Medical Assistants. To learn more about the agency or to submit a complaint about Cerro Coso Community College’s program after trying to resolve the issue through the local Student Complaint Policy, contact the agency at www.ccbma.org.

    Medical Billing and Coding

    Cerro Coso Community College offers the following certificates:

    Home Health Aide (HHA)

    The HHA class is offered at IWV/Ridgecrest. You MUST have current CNA certification before you can enroll in the class. Students must also complete a Certified Background Check (instructions in CNA Applications).

    Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN)

    The next LVN Program starts in August. Take the pre-reqs now!

    2021-2022 LVN Program Applications

    NOTICE: The application process for the Vocational Nursing program is now open through Cerro Coso Community College at the Ridgecrest campus (pending BVNPT final approval). Please read the entire packet and follow the instructions to ensure a fully complete packet is submitted.

    Applicants MUST schedule an appointment with the counseling department at appropriate campus prior to the close of this application offering. The counselor will be evaluating and confirming applicant meets minimum requirements for entry into VN program. Once confirmed, applicant needs to schedule a time to take the Pre-Admission test (NLN PAX) that is REQUIRED for your application to be accepted. Testing can only be done at Ridgecrest campus.

    The application process will close on May 3, 2021. Only those completed applications meeting minimum requirements will be accepted for the 2021-2022 cohort. All applications must be submitted to counseling department by May 3, 2021, to be eligible.

    The Vocational Nursing program is being offered at the following campus (es) for 2021-2022:

    • Indian Wells Valley (Ridgecrest) COHORT A

    To schedule an appointment with the counseling department, applicant must call their campus at the numbers below. Counselor must receive completed application by May 3, 2021, to be eligible.

    • Ridgecrest campus: 760-384-6219

    LVN Prerequisites

    • HCRS C132 – Electronic Health Record
    • ENGL C101 – English Composition
    • HCRS C150 – Medical Terminology
    • MATH C121 – Elementary Probability & Statistics
    • PSYC C101 – General Psychology

      AND

    • BIOL C125 – Survey of Human Anatomy & Physiology with a lab
      (Recommended for those just pursuing LVN)

      OR

      BIOL C251 – Human Anatomy AND BIOL C255 – Human Physiology
      (Recommended for those going on to RN afterwards)

    Effective Fall 2022 - 5 year recency for the BIOL prerequisite and 7 year recency for all other prerequisites.
    Effective Fall 2024 - All prerequisites will be at 5 years recency to align with BVNPT and BRN requirements.

    Nursing students must have a high school diploma or GED before applying to the program.

    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.

    All students must complete a Background Check before participating in the program.

    Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) Pass Rates

    • 2010: 86%
    • 2011: 100%
    • 2012: 90%
    • 2013: 77%
    • 2014: 77%
    • 2015: 78%
    • 2016: 100%
    • 2017: 87%
    • 2018: 93%
    • 2019: 92%
    • 2020: 83%

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