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Upcoming Dental Assistant Info Session

Come join us for our Dental Assistant Info Session and learn everything you need to about the exciting world of dentistry. We’re beginning to enroll for our first ever Dental Assistant Program which is set to start September 26th! Space is limited, so don’t hesitate to sign up and bring a friend!

Tuesday August, 9th. 2016

4:00 p.m.

2121 S El Camino Real B-C200, San Mateo, CA 94403

Please RSVP by calling (650) 685-6616


Concord Campus Welcomes All to our Open House!

Concord Campus will be hosting an Open House for all programs offered at our Concord Campus on the 14th of May. We’ll be answering questions or you may have about Gurnick Academy and the programs we offer. Our Concord Campus offers 7 programs that will help you advance your way to the medical field. RSVP today to get more information on what Gurnick can do for you!

1401 Willow Pass Road, Suite 450
Concord, CA 94520

Open House Date & Time:
Saturday May 14, 2016
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

To RSVP: please call (925) 687-9555

Nursing School - Concord

Don’t miss the Free Healthy Lifestyle Expo in Concord!

Come out and learn ways to support a healthier you. Learn to be the healthy person you deserve to be!

Promoting good health awareness and encouraging participants to assume responsibility for their own health are the goals of the Age Strong, Live Long Healthy Lifestyle Expo. This amazing expo is a free one day event set for Friday, February 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle in Concord.

The expo will provide information about services, resources and products that benefit older adults, their families and caregivers. A free tote bag will be distributed to the first 500 attendees. Over 40 vendors and service providers will offer valuable information to seniors and family members.

We’ll be offering participants the opportunity to sample juiced fruits and vegetables provided by Gurnick Academy of Medical Art’s Nursing Students. Other information sessions will be available depending on the hour of the day such as an informative presentation by Dr. Leonard Chuck, MD, PhD on healthy aging: “Better, Stronger, Younger: Don’t Get Old”, and “Make Room For Sugar: What is Diabetes” are scheduled at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Various health screenings and services will be provided by Gurnick, Diablo Clinical Research and Senior Helpers, including cholesterol blood pressure, memory, heel scans and massages. For more information about this amazing expo, please visit


Groups VN22/23 Graduation (Modesto Campus)

We want to congratulate the Vocational Nursing class of 2016, groups 22/23, for their hard work and diligence. We are proud to introduce the graduating Nursing class. They will forever be a part of our Gurnick Family and we could not be anymore proud of their current and future achievements. We wish you all the best in your upcoming NCLEX examination.


Congratulations on graduating Gurnick’s Nursing School!
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Photo Credit: Laura Mooney

Certified Nursing Assistants: Who are they?

Do you have a passion for helping others? Do you have that pull in your heart whenever you see the sick and the injured? Do you have that calling to care for others? Then a job in the healthcare profession just might be the one fit for you.

You can consider the job of being a certified nursing assistant (CNA). CNAs are people who, as part of the healthcare team, provide health care services to patients and facility residents. They are also known by the terms nursing aides or orderlies. They perform and provide basic health care services to patients, with primary responsibilities such as: taking the patient’s vital signs; assisting the patients in eating, bathing and other activities of daily living; transfer the patients from the bed to the wheelchair, and vice-versa; hand out medication which may vary according to his competency and level of training; apply bandages and support materials as directed by the physician or the nurse; relay the patient’s concerns or problems to the supervising Nurse; and document the events and other activities related to the patient.

How to become one and what to expect

If you find this job appealing and that this is the job that you envision yourself to be part of in the next couple of years, then, what are you waiting for? Here are some pointers on how to become a CNA. First on the list is you need to enroll in a college or hospital offering a Certificate Program in Nursing Assistance.

Upon enrollment in this training program, you need to present your high school diploma or GED certification. Once you are enrolled in a certificate program, be prepared to be indulged in two courses: the basic patient care course and clinical externship. The first one which is taught and given by registered nurses educates you on your duties and responsibilities as a CNA (usually from 50 to 75 hours). This program covers taking vital signs, assisting the patient in bathing and eating, providing catheter care, and a lot more.

For the clinical externship part, you get to finally practice the skills and knowledge you have acquired in real-world settings. It may be done in a nursing home or a local hospital, wherein you will have a licensed supervisor as your guide in accomplishing your clinical externship requirements.


A certified nursing assistant’s job should not be taken lightly. Since they, along with other members of the health team, deal with people’s lives every day, it is required that they first must be certified prior to practice. This is to ensure they are fit and capable of doing their tasks and responsibilities. You also need to take and pass a Comprehensive examination. After all of these requirements are fulfilled and completed, you will be given state certification, and you can now fulfill your dream of helping others in need as a CNA.