C.S., Nursing Assistant


The Nursing Assistant Program (NAST) trains students to provide basic patient care such as taking vital signs, bathing, feeding, transferring, positioning, and bed making. The courses cover techniques of communication, understanding behavior and identification of ethical issues in patient care.

Students apply principles of basic nursing care to patients and clients of all ages in skilled nursing and acute care facilities. Upon completion of this course students are eligible to take the test for CNA certification. Hands-on internship experience is part of the training. 


A Certificate Program is designed for students who desire specific training to meet an immediate occupational or personal goal, or for promotion or lateral transfer within their existing field of employment. To qualify for a Certificate of Achievement or a Certificate of Specialization, a student must:

  1. complete all courses required for the Certificate with an overall grade point average of 2.0,
  2. earn at least 12 units in residency at Cuesta and
  3. submit a Certificate Application to Admissions and Records.

Assisted Living Facilities Hospitals
Home Health  Long-term care facilities
Degree/Certificate Types:
A.A. - Associate in Arts C.A. - Certificate of Achievement
A.S. - Associate in Science C.S. - Certificate of Specialization
A.A.-T. - Associate in Arts for Transfer C.C. - Certificate of Completion (Non Credit)
A.S.-T. - Associate in Science for Transfer