Academic Catalog

Nursing Assistant Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters and is a day program.

The Nursing Assistant Certificate Program prepares students for employment as nursing assistants.

Physical Activity Requirements: This occupation requires medium physical activity and lifting/handling objects weighing 10-25 pounds and standing for long periods of time.

Employability Requirements: 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, in order to apply for licensure.

Program Length: The total number of hours to complete the course is 185 hours. NAC 101 involves 65 hours of nursing assistant theory, which includes HIV/AIDS and CPR. NAC 102 includes 60 hours of nursing skills. NAC 107 includes 60 hours of unit-based clinical experience 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.

For additional inquiries regarding the program or orientation email or call 253-589-6013.

Prerequisites: Students must pass a criminal background check performed by the Washington State Patrol and DSHS and have a No Record on File report. A non-refundable fee is charged to each student for the background check.

Students must have current immunizations, including Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Hepatitis B series, T-dap (within the last 10 years), TWO-PPD/Tuberculosis Tests (the second PPD should occur 10-14 days after the reading of the first PPD), and Varicella, as required by affiliation agreements with clinical facilities and CDC recommendations. Proof of immunizations should be submitted the first day of class, unless arrangements have been made with the instructor.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
NAC 101Nursing Assistant Theory6
NAC 102Nursing Skills Fundamentals4
NAC 107Unit Based Clinical Experience3
 Technical Credits13

Nursing Assistant Theory

Item #
NAC 101
Total Credits

The Nursing Assistant Certified Program prepares students to take the state examination for nursing assistant certification licensure. All three courses in the program must be successfully completed for students to be eligible to take the state examination. This course provides an introduction to the role and responsibilities of being a Nursing Assistant and meets the theory requirements for Washington State Nursing Assistant training. 

Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.

Nursing Skills Fundamentals

Item #
NAC 102
Total Credits

This course covers instruction and practice of nursing assistant skills. Students will not be allowed to participate in the final skills exam unless attendance for all clinical hours has been fulfilled. 

Documentation of required immunizations, ability to lift up to 25 pounds, and no record on file from the Washington State Patrol and DSHS. Successful completion of NAC 101.

Unit Based Clinical Experience

Item #
NAC 107
Total Credits

This course includes clinical experience in a long-term facility under the supervision of an instructor. 

Documentations of required immunizations, ability to lift up to 25 pounds. Students must have no record on file for crimes against children or vulnerable adults from the Washington State Patrol and DSHS. Successful completion of NAC 101.
This page was last updated on February 25, 2016.