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Online/Distance Learning Nurse Assistant Training Program (NATP)
eLearning Review Unit 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I use my approved, classroom-based NATP to conduct teaching in a distance-learning format during the COVID-19 declared state of emergency?

Please contact TPRU for approved, classroom-based NATP questions. You can find information about TPRU at the Training Program Review Unit home page.

Is ELRU part of TPRU?

No. The eLearning Review Unit was established within the Aide and Technician Certification Section, separate from the Training Program Review Unit, to process Online Nurse Assistant Training Program applications. You can find information about TPRU at the Training Program Review Unit home page.

How can I contact ELRU?

You may contact the eLearning Review unit at eLearning@cdph.ca.gov or call (916) 552-9967.

Can I use TPRU application forms and submit these to ELRU?

No. There are requirements that are specific to ELRU which are not found in the TPRU forms. Please use ELRU forms from this webpage.

What are the components to a complete application packet?

A complete educational institution application is described on the Educational Institution Application Requirements page.

A complete SNF and ICF application is described on the Skilled Nursing Facility/Intermediate Care Facility Application Requirements page.

How do I ensure faster processing of my Online NATP application?

To ensure faster processing time, please complete all information needed in the ELRU forms and submit all forms and documents and access to online learning management system to the Unit email address:

eLearning@cdph.ca.gov

What kinds of online/distance-learning platforms can I use?

Any teaching method that complies with the Department requirements is acceptable.

What is the difference between synchronous vs asynchronous online programs?

Synchronous classes are live where students and instructors interact in a specific virtual place at a set time. Instructors commonly take attendance as they would in a lecture hall. These classes are conducted via a video conference or live-streamed lecture.

Asynchronous classes are self-paced and closely monitored by the NATP instructor. Students must regularly interact with the instructor to be evaluated on their understanding of each module. These classes are conducted via narrated lectures and the students complete these within a given schedule.

Both synchronous and asynchronous programs must evaluate the student's understanding of the NATP content. For asynchronous instruction, each course module must provide an exam to proceed to another module.

If I have an existing, classroom-based NATP that is approved by TPRU, can I use this program to apply for an online NATP application?

No, ELRU and TRPU are different units and have different requirements. You may have both an online and a classroom-based NATP, with each having their specific Provider Identification Training Number (PITN). You may not combine the two NATPs.

Do I need to have an approved, classroom-based NATP before applying for an online NATP?

No, a classroom-based NATP in not necessary in order to apply for an online NATP.

For an online NATP, do we need to submit a new application for previously approved instructors/DSD?

Yes, all instructors/DSD, whether new or approved, who will be teaching for an online NATP need to submit a CDPH E279 application form and the required information. If previously approved, the DSD/Instructor Number must still be indicated in the application form.

​​What are the requirements to take the state CNA exam after completion of an online nurse assistant training program?

For guidance and instruction on taking the CNA certification exam after completion of a program, please visit the Registry Unit home page.

Do we need to have an agreement with a facility as a clinical site? 

Yes, a clinical site agreement is mandatory for program approval. Please submit a completed CDPH E276E (Online NATP Clinical Site Agreement) for each facility used for clinical training with the online NATP.

Is there a limit to the number of students in a class? 

There is no limit to the number of students in a theory class, however, clinical class sizes are restricted to 15 students per 1 instructor.

What are the DSD or instructor educational, licensure and work experience requirements?

Education

Depending on the work experience, they may be required to possess a minimum of 24 hours of BRN approved or accredited continuing education in planning, implementing, and evaluating educational programs in nursing.

California Licensure Requirement

All Instructor and DSD applicants must have an active licensed vocational nurse (LVN) or registered nurse (RN) license in good standing with the California Board of Registered Nursing. This license may be obtained traditionally or through reciprocity.

Allowable Work Experience

Work experience in the following areas is acceptable: Direct patient care provided in a nursing capacity to the chronically ill and/or elderly in acute care hospitals (GACH), skilled nursing facilities (SNF), select intermediate care facilities (ICF), home health settings, and hospice care settings. These experiences do not have to be obtained in California.

NATP Instructors and DSDs must be an LVN or RN with no less than two years of nursing experience; 1 year of which must be in the provision of direct patient care in a long-term care facility in addition to 1 year of experience in planning, implementing, and evaluating educational programs in nursing.

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NATP Instructors and DSDs must be an LVN or RN with no less than two years of nursing experience; 1 year of which must be in the provision of direct patient care to chronically ill and/or elderly patients in an acute care hospital (GACH), skilled nursing facility (SNF), select intermediate care facilities (ICF), home care setting, or hospice care setting. In addition, within 6 months of employment and prior to teaching an NATP, the nurse must obtain a minimum of 24 hours of BRN approved or accredited continuing education in planning, implementing, and evaluating educational programs in nursing.

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