Nursing Assistant - Certified

Nursing assistants work in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, retirement or assisted living facilities, adult family homes, and in-home health care. They help provide quality healthcare and assist nurses in their work. The Nursing Assistant program prepares students to earn their certification and work in a healthcare setting. It is also the first rung of the career ladder for students to become Licensed Practical or Registered Nurses. Students in this program will learn about patients' rights, basic bedside nursing skills, patient/personal safety, and HIPAA and HIV/AIDS education. Students will practice their skills in acute hospitals and/or skilled nursing facilities.

Also available: the RTC/VMC Health Coach Program. Accepted students will learn about chronic medical conditions and gain insights for promoting positive health behaviors in an 11-week course in Fall 2019. Upon successful completion of the course, Health Coaches will participate in nine months (Winter 2020-Summer 2020) of real-world training helping patients make positive health and lifestyle changes.

Enrollment Points: Day section enrollment occurs twice per quarter. Evening section enrollment is once per quarter.

Certificate of Completion: 
5 weeks
10 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
AAS - Transfer: 
Bachelor of Applied Science: 

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Median Salary: 
Projected Growth: 
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These amounts are based on median entry level wages, they are estimates and are not guarantees. For more information, visit


At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

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The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Day program: two entry points per quarter, one at beginning and one in mid-quarter, five weeks for each cohort. 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, with varied hours for practicum and other classes.

Eight week hybrid evening program from 6-9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays with online theory. Practicum and other class schedules vary. Please call for specifics.

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Barbara Bowman, Rajwinder Kaur

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age: 16 years
  • Communication involving patient care in the clinical setting is critical to patient safety.  All students shall be fluent in the English language, including verbal and written language.
  • Health insurance, both injury and sickness, is required for participation in the program.
  • Students must complete and pass a nationwide criminal background check (Crimes against persons list) within three months before admission into the program at (use package code Rr75na).  Students must also be able to pass a Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) background check.
  • Students must meet vaccination and program specific health requirements in compliance with the Center for Disease Control Healthcare Provider immunization guidelines, including the submission of original lab results, x-ray reports, immunizations records which are dated and signed by their healthcare provider.
  • Current (within one year) evaluation by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant to ensure student and patient safety. The evaluation should address the following areas in respect to the student’s ability to perform the laboratory skills and clinical responsibilities related to becoming a Nursing Assistant:
    • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds and to reach overhead.
    • Ability to stand or walk for long periods.
    • Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • No more than one quarter off between theory or lab courses based on space available.
  • Two attempts per program only.

Admission Recommendations

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Running Start students may complete their high school diploma along with Nursing Assistant.

Course Information

Course # Course Title Crs
HLTH 100 Tools for Success 2
NA 101 Fundamentals of Nursing Assistant 2
NA 103 Basic Technical Skills 2
NA 105 Principles of A&P, Restorative Care, and  
    Related Procedures 2
NA 131 Nursing Assistant Practicum 2
  Total 10

Program Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Nursing Assistant Program:

  • Provide safe and competent care to patients/clients/residents and families utilizing current standards of practice in client/patient care;
  • Provide competent nursing assistant care within the legal and ethical standards of practice;
  • Employ culturally sensitive and therapeutic communication skills with patients/clients/residents and families;
  • Practice professional behaviors of collaboration, advocacy, maintaining  of on-going knowledge base, and evaluation of own practice;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking throughout the client care processes.


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