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Admission Requirements

Admission is based on the student's ability to meet the requirements of his or her chosen occupational goal. Strong motivation to learn and a desire to pursue a career are important considerations. In general, applicants must fulfill one of the following requirements to be enrolled as a regular student:

  • High school graduate or equivalent GED.
  • Students who do not have a high school diploma or GED, but are 18 years of age may be admitted after passing an Ability-To-Benefit test (an ATB test approved by the BPPE) that determines the student's ability to benefit from his or her program of instruction.

An applicant who has not passed the ATB test may retake it after seven (7) days. 
The enrollment of applicants who have satisfied the admission requirements will be on a first come, first serve basis. Should there be more applicants than space available, the remaining applicants will be placed on a waiting list for the first available class. To be eligible for enrollment, an applicant must:


  • Complete an application for admission.
  • Meet with the admissions representative.
  • Achieve a passing score on the Entrance Exam, according to program requirements (see below).  
  • Meet with the business office, completing required forms and providing necessary documentation.
  • Pass the required health status/drug screening tests, as validated by a physician before acceptance into the program.
  • Pay the required processing and registration fees.
  • Meet with the program director 


Applicants must have a high school diploma, high school transcripts or GED diploma. Transcripts must be mailed directly from the school to CET Nursing, or the envelope must be brought unopened. Candidates will be asked to provide copies of their social security card and valid driver’s license or identification, as well as any other pertinent educational documents (e.g., Certified Nursing assistant Certification). 

Applicants are required to take a physical/TB Test to evidence satisfactory health status, as validated by a physician, before final acceptance into the program. A copy of the complete physical examination must include negative TB skin test and/or negative chest X-ray. Copies of the test results must be submitted to the registration office. The student must be free of communicable diseases to be considered for admission to the program.


Specific requirements by program are as follows


Nursing Assistant Program:
Pass the Pre-Admission Exam
Demonstrate ability to benefit
Pass interview with school official


The Nursing assistant program requires certification by the California Department of Public Health.  Certification after graduation must be from a department-approved program in order to be employed in the State of California.