Accreditation & Financial Aid

 Accreditation and Approvals

Western Medical Training Center is a private school with exemption status through the Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau for Private and Postsecondary Education (BPPE).  Western Medical Training Center’s programs are approved by the State of California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Licensing and Certification Program, Aide and Technician Certification Section (ATCS) & Board of Registered Nursing, National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) and The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)National Center of Competency Testing

How are you able to offer shorter programs and less tuition cost than other schools with similar programs?

It’s simple, our students are motivated learners and our fast-paced program can be accomplished with hard work.  Students pay for our program, then, they show up prepared and ready to learn.

  1. Western Medical Training Center invests most its training on job skills.  Our program is designed to train job skills and not much time on life skills such as time management and attendance. Although many of our students are currently in a degree program or are pursuing our training to prepare for an advanced professional degree, we also have had several students come out of high school and perform well upon completion of the program.
  2. Western Medical Training Center students must take their training seriously by being prepared and attending class sessions every day and on time.  Every student must be able to demonstrate and perform all competencies and this can be achieved through preparation and practical training in our lab while being guided by skilled professionals.  No students are left behind.  If students need refresher training or more support, they are always welcomed to sit in on other class schedules or come and practice skills anytime within business hours.
  3. Longer programs must train for a minimum number of hours which equal approximately 8 – 9 months in length to have access to government financial aid programs.
  4. Longer programs are also geared towards teaching “life” skills.  Longer programs help ensure these students are learning the basic functions of working at a job such as, time management, showing up to work on time, professional dress, use of proper language, etc.  These habits take longer than 12 weeks to develop.
  5. Employers ultimately care about Certified Nursing Assistants, EKG Technicians and Pharmacy Technicians, being proficient, reliable, customer service oriented, and ability to perform core competencies regardless of the length of the program.  Our employers have been pleased with our graduates and in turn they hire many of our students contingent on them passing their state exam.

How are we able to charge less tuition than other schools?

Our students require less support in professional development and skills.  As a result, we require less staff, less time training on life skills, and most of the training is focused on performing functions in their trade. (Also see answers to question on accreditation)

  1. We don’t participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs; hence, our programs are shorter focus mainly on skills. (Schools participating in Title IV federal financial aid programs (FAFSA) are required to offer longer programs in order to receive aid.  In addition, many vocational schools (depending on their status as a non-profit or for-profit) are required to meet a minimum of 10% of their tuition revenue as non-government aid (90/10 rule mandated by the Department of Education).  As an example, an 8 month program with access to financial aid and tuition of $18,000 will receive a maximum of approximately up to $15,500 in financial aid from the government for qualified students.  The remaining balance must be paid out of pocket by the student or through a private lender.)
  2. Western Medical Training Center’s training delivers all the skills and knowledge necessary in 12 weeks or less.  With committed students they can achieve the skills necessary for employment and don’t require extra staff and time to teach basic life skills.
  3. Since we are not seeking government aid, we do not require 8 – 9 months of training. We require less staff and hours on training basic life skills and invest the majority of our team’s efforts on career skills. We also occupy very little space for offices. With these efficiencies we’re able to pass savings on to our students.


How Long Does it Take to Get a CNA license?

Typically it takes between 6 and 8 weeks after you pass the state exam. It all depends on your background check and if any mistakes were made on your application.

How Long is Your CNA Program?

Typically it takes between 22 and 44 days. It all depends on the CNA schedule you choose.

What is the required age to start as a CNA in California?

You can start being a CNA at the age of 16 in California.

Do I Need a High School Diploma to be a CNA?

No you do not! The California Department of Public Health does not require a High school diploma and you can start at the age of 16.

How Much Does Your CNA Program Cost?

Our CNA program is $1500 but we only require $100 down to save your seat. The rest of the tuition is split into payment plans depending on the schedule you choose.

What Are The Requirements For Your CNA Program?

The only requirements that we have is to be 16 years old, have a valid ID, Social Security Card, Pass a Physical , TB Test And Have a Flu Shot.

What Do You Have To Pass in The State Exam.

The CNA California state exam consists of 2 parts. The first part is the written exam and you have to pass with at least a 75%.
The second part is the skills exam where you have to pass 5 skills. Once you pass both parts, you will receive your CNA license within 6-8 weeks.

How Much is The CNA California State Exam?

The written portion is $35 and the skills portion is 65$. The first attempt will cost you $100.

What if I Fail the State Exam?

If you fail the state exam then you will have 2 more attempts to pass the exam.
The good thing is you only have to retake the part you failed.
So for example, if you passed the written portion but failed the skills portion, you will only have to take the skills portion of the exam and pay $65.

Pharmacy Technician FAQ

What is The Required Age to Start as a Pharmacy Technician?

You can start being a Pharmacy Technician at the age of 18.

Do I Need a High School Diploma to be a Pharmacy Technician?

Yes you do. The Board of Pharmacy does require a High school diploma but they do accept foreign high school diplomas as long as they are evaluated and translated.

How Long is Your Pharmacy Technician Program?

Typically it takes between 26  complete the theory portion. It all depends on the Pharmacy Technician schedule you choose.
You will also have to complete 120 hours of externship hours at either Walgreens or CVS. The other option is to pass the PTCB Exam after completing theory.

How Much Does Your Pharmacy Technician Program Cost?

Our Pharmacy Technician program is $1400 but we only require $100 down to save your seat.
The rest of the tuition is split into payment plans depending on the schedule you choose.

What Are The Requirements For Your Pharmacy Technician Program?

The only requirements that we have is to be 18 years old, and have a High School Diploma. Yes we do accept Foreign High School Diplomas.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Pharmacy Technician license?

Typically it takes between 45 and 60 business days after you have submitted your Board of Pharmacy Application.

How Much is The PTCB Exam?

The exam cost $129.

Where is the PTCB Exam Held?

It all depends on your location. We will help you find a location to take the PTCB exam once you complete our Pharmacy Technician Program.

Where Do I Go For Your Pharmacy Technician Externship?

Our students go to either Walgreens, CVS or we also have some private pharmacies that accept our students.
For CVS we assign you a store, for Walgreens you must go out and get the externship yourself.
We will provide you with a list of Walgreens stores and the private pharmacies our students have attended.