Nursing: Nursing Assistant Certificate

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The Certificate program prepares students for employment as nursing assistants, also called Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA or NAC).

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Approx. # of Quarters: 1

Estimated Cost: $1,358.12

Admission Dates: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters

Employability Requirement: Upon completion of this course, the student will be eligible to sit for the State Certification Examination - the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Exam (NNAAP). Graduates must pass the NNAAP exam and meet the state eligibility requirements, including a criminal background check, in order to apply for licensure. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for licensure.

Physical Activity: This occupation requires medium physical activity and lifting/handling objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Nursing Assistants are often standing for long periods of time. For safety and protection of patients, the student nurse must be able to perform basic cardiac life support, including CPR, and function in stressful and/or emergency situations. Students must be able to safely assist a patient in moving from bed to a chair, commode, or cart.

Program Length: The total number of hours to complete the course is 185 hours. There are three sections, which must be completed per grade and skill proficiency. NAC 101 involves 65 hours of nursing assistant theory, which includes HIV/AIDS and CPR. NAC 102 includes 60 hours of nursing skill fundamentals. NAC 106 includes 60 hours of unit-based clinical rotation, which involves professionally supervised shifts with hands-on care provided to residents in a long-term care facility, using the knowledge and skills acquired from NAC 101 and NAC 102. Mandatory attendance is required for all nursing laboratory and clinical days. Scheduling of the clinical portion of class is determined by facility availability.

Admission Dates: Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters. For additional inquiries regarding the program or orientation email or call 253-589-6013.

Prerequisites: Students must have current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status. This includes Hepatitis B series plus positive titer, T-dap within last 10 years, 2-step TB screening, Measles/Mumps/Rubella (2 injections or 1 injection and positive titer), and verification of immunity to Varicella. Immunization requirements may change based on CDC guidelines and/or clinical facility policies. Immunizations must be presented on the first day of class.

In order to participate in the program, the student must receive a “No Record on File” report for crimes against children or vulnerable adults from the Washington State Patrol and DSHS.

Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the Advising and Counseling Office. No student will be allowed at a clinical site without proof of health insurance.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
NAC 101 Nursing Assistant Theory 6
NAC 102 Nursing Skills Fundamentals 4
NAC 107 Unit Based Clinical Experience 3
  Total Credits for Completion 13
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