California Patient Care Technician

In California, Patient Care Technicians are required to be listed on the California Nurse Aide Registry. Certain basic criteria must be met first before applying.


Basic requirements for becoming a Nurse Assistant in California:

To become a Nurse Assistant, one must do the following:

  • Completing Nurse Assistant training and passing both written and skills exams

Other Requirements that May Be Helpful:

  • Strong desire to help people
  • Excellent Communication skills
  • Good physical conditioning

You must also obtain national certification as a Patient Care Technician. We highly recommend seeking certification through the National Healthcare Association (NHA).

Eligibility requirements to take an NHA certification exam:

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Have completed a training program or have one year work experience in the field
  • Be at least 18 years of age

Note: The current fee for taking the exam is $149. Check with your PCT training program to see if this is included in your tuition and fees.

California Contact Information:
CA Nurse Aide Registry
CNA/HHA/CHT Certification Unit
Licensing and Certification Division
1615 Capitol Avenue, MS 3301
P.O. Box 997416
Sacramento, CA 95899-7416
Phone: 916-327-2445
Fax: 916-552-8785
http://www.apps.cdph.ca.gov/cvl/SearchPage.aspx
http://www.cdph.ca.gov/pubsforms/forms/Pages/CNA_HHA_HemoTechForms.aspx
http://www.regionaltestingcenter.org/cna.html
http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/LnC/Pages/LnC.aspx


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