Nurse Assistant and Home Health Aide (NA/HHA) Courses




The Department of Health Services requires the applicant to disclose prior misdemeanor and felony convictions.  The applicant must explain the circumstances of the conviction and provide documentation of rehabilitation.  The DHS considers the nature and severity of the offense, subsequent acts, recency of acts or crimes, compliance with court sanctions, and evidence of rehabilitation in determining eligibility for certification.  Some convictions permanently disqualify individuals from certification.  Disqualifying Penal Code convictions can be reviewed here. 
Any pre-applicants who have a previous conviction must be cleared by the Department of Health Services for continued enrollment in the NA and/or HHA courses through the procedure established by the Department of Health Services.
All NA and/or HHA applicants should review Disqualifying Penal Code convictions list carefully to avoid wasting their time, effort and money by training, testing and submission of fingerprints since they cannot receive the required criminal background clearance if they have been convicted of any of these penal code violations. 
If there are concerns regarding criminal histories or background screening, the individual student should contact the Department of Health & Human Services for clarification regarding eligibility for licensure.
In compliance with Health and Safety Code section 1338.5, subdivision (a)(3), (Chapter 74, statutes of 2006 (A.B. 1807) the program must submit Live Scan (electronic fingerprints) to the Department of Justice for criminal clearance 10 days prior to the student’s first day of class.  The college is responsible for the costs associated with Live Scan process.  The Live Scan must be obtained from either Accu-Print or the Shasta County Sherriff’s office in Redding using a transmittal form that will be provided to the student following receipt of a clear drug screen.
                                  Criminal Background Check/Live Scan Procedure  
In order to participate in the clinical experiences of the Nurse Assistant and/or Home Health Aide courses, students must be cleared by the Department of Health.  Verification will be obtained by the Health Sciences office prior to clinical placement.  Students not cleared will be dropped from the program prior to clinical experience.
For questions concerning eligibility to participate in clinical experiences at the local health facilities, the applicant may contact the Health Sciences office to schedule a meeting with the Dean of Health Sciences & University Programs (530-339-3606) for a confidential review and discussion of individual circumstances.



Drug Screening

All NA and HHA students are required to submit drug screening following course registration.  This screening should not be done until registration for the class has been completed. 

Shasta College and the Health Sciences department maintain a no tolerance policy regarding substance abuse when participating in Health Sciences programs.  A student with a positive drug screen will be denied participation and placement at a clinical agency and withdrawal from the program will be necessary. 

Additionally, students must agree at time of admission into the program to be drug tested at any time while in the program and any evidence of substance abuse will result in immediate administrative dismissal from the program.  Drug screening must be done at a lab in Redding designated by the Health Sciences Division.  Students are responsible for the cost of all drug screenings.

Drug Screening Procedure  
Criminal Background Check/Live Scan Procedure
  NA/HHA Clinical Requirements Packet