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Acute Care CNA

Nursing assistant training focuses on the role of the CNA in a skilled nursing facility. Didactic and clinical components focus primarily on skilled nursing care. The Acute Care CNA course focuses on broadening the CNA’s scope of knowledge and clinical experience to include skills required to work in an acute care setting (hospital). This course covers the pathophysiology, treatment and nursing care of various disorders/diseases. It is helpful if you have already taken classes on these topics – biology, microbiology, medical terminology and anatomy.


The cost of the program is currently estimated to be about $500 (subject to change). Fees include textbooks, parking, and enrollment fees. Eligibility for financial aid can help offset the cost.


Enrollment is restricted to students who have applied during the application period and have been accepted into the program by the Nursing Office. The program accepts 20 students and 5 alternates.

Applications will be reviewed in the order received. The first 20 applicants with a complete application packet will be accepted. All applicants will be notified of their status (i.e accepted; alternate; not accepted) via SWC e-mail account after the application period closes and after all applications have been reviewed.

Starting August 16, 2021, Acute Care CNA (ACNA) applications will be submitted online for fall and future classes.
Link to Online ACNA Application will be posted at the bottom of this page.
Do not mail-in a paper application packet.

Application Period

Fall 2021: Monday, August 16, 2021 at 7 am– Friday, September 24, 2021 at 5pm (This class is October – December) DEADLINE EXTENDED

Spring 2022: Monday, December 6, 2021 at 7 am – Friday, February 4, 2022 at 5 pm (This class is March – May)

Note: Submitting an application does not guarantee entry into the program.

Application Documents & Instructions

Before filling out the online application, review the Acute Care CNA Application Checklist (PDF) to gather all required documents and forms. Click the link below for a copy of the checklist (PDF).

Download, print and fill out the physical exam and immunization forms (pages 1-7). Pages 1-2 are filled out by you. Your healthcare provider/doctor will fill out pages 3-4 (physical exam) and pages 5-7 (immunizations, TB test results, and flu shot form). Scan your forms (pages 1-7 filled out completely); scan a copy of your immunization records and/or titers (lab work) for MMR, Hep B, Varicella, TDAP, flu shot, and TB test results. Then, upload your documents and forms as attachments when prompted as you complete the Online Application using the button below.

Important note: Give yourself and your doctor/healthcare provider ample time to complete the physical exam/immunization forms. Most of the work in applying for the ACNA Program involves getting these forms filled out and providing copies of your immunization records and/or titers.

Update related to CoVid-19 vaccine: As of September 30, 2021, all major Healthcare Systems in San Diego County require students and faculty to be fully vaccinated for CoVid-19. Applicants to any Nursing and Health Occupations (ADN, VN-Step-up, VN, CNA, Acute Care CNA, Surgical Technology, Central Service Technician, and Operating Room Nurse) programs will be required to submit proof of vaccine status at time of application.

Online Application

IMPORTANT: You must be logged in with your MySWC Account to apply. If you're having difficulty, go to https://accounts.google.com/logout  to completely logout of all of your G Suite accounts, then try logging in with your MySWC.