Nursing: Nursing Assistant Certificate

The Certificate program prepares students for employment as Nursing Assistants under the supervision of professional licensed nurses, such as a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Approx. # of Quarters: 1

Estimated Cost: $1,358.12

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

This program prepares the student for employment to provide care for long-term care residents per the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) federal law. The Washington State Department of Health guidelines (nurse aide competency minimum requirements) for licensure are based on this law. 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).

The total number of hours to complete the course is 168 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. NURS 116 Nursing Skill Fundamentals includes 53 hours of laboratory activity/participation. NAC 106 includes 50 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 NURS 116. Mandatory attendance is required for all Nursing Laboratory and clinical days. Scheduling of the Clinical portion of class is determined by facility availability.

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 positive titer and Varicella (2 injections or positive titer). 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” for crimes against children or vulnerable adults report from the Washington State Patrol and DSHS.

Each student is 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.

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.

Additional inquiries regarding the program or orientation can be made by sending an email to or calling 253-589-6013.

Program Requirements

Catalog # Course Name Credits
NAC 101 Nursing Assistant Theory 6
NAC 106 Unit Based Clinical Experience 2
NURS 116 Nursing Skill Fundamentals 5
  Total Credits for Completion 13