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Nursing Assistant

This program meets both Washington State and federal curriculum requirements for nursing assistant certification. Once certified, graduates are eligible for employment in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, retirement/assisted living facilities, adult family homes, and in-home health care.

Students gain knowledge and learn skills caring for patients of various age groups during acute and chronic stages of diseases, surgery, and rehabilitation, as well as how to maintain health during the normal aging process. Included in the curriculum are patients' rights, basic bedside nursing skills, patient/personal safety, HIPAA and HIV/AIDS education.

Skills are practiced in the program laboratory. Clinical experience occurs in acute hospitals and/or skilled nursing facilities.  Students must pass all coursework with a "2.0" average or better and a satisfactory completion of clinical and lab for their certificate. This program is the first phase of the career ladder option for students to become Licensed Practical or Registered Nurses.

Program Options

  • Certificate of Completion

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Program Length:
  • .75 quarters
  • Summer:
    Day: 8 Weeks
    Evening: 9 Weeks
  • Fall:
    Day: 5 Weeks
    Evening: 8 Weeks
  • 10 credits
  • Day section:
    8:00AM - Varies from 12:00PM to 4:30PM
  • Evening section:
    5:00PM - Varies from 8:00PM to 9:30PM
  • (Hours vary during clinical assignment including possible evening or weekend placement; please note some clinical sites start as early as 5:45 a.m.)
  • Students may enter at the beginning of fall, winter, spring, or summer quarter.