Academic Catalog

Nursing Assistant Certificate

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

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 up to 50 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, including a criminal background check, in order to apply for licensure. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible 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 have current immunizations, including 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. Documentation of immunizations must be presented on the first day of class.

In order to participate in the program, students must receive a “No Record on File” report for crimes against children or vulnerable adults from the Washington State Patrol and DSHS. A non-refundable fee is charged to each student for the background check.

Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. 

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. 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 50 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 50 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 50 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 July 21, 2015.