Academic Catalog

Nursing Assistant Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 1 quarter long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters. Students entering the evening program will be required to attend an I-BEST information session and complete entry and quarterly assessments while enrolled in the program.

The Nursing Assistant Certificate Program prepares students for employment as a basic care provider under the supervision of a professional licensed provider, such as a Registered Nurse. This course is an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of being a Nursing Assistant. This course will meet the didactic portion of Washington state and Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) requirements for Nursing Assistant Training.

Physical Activity Requirements: This occupation requires medium physical activity and lifting/handling objects weighing 50 pounds and standing for long periods of time.

Employability Requirements: Upon completion of this course, students will be eligible to take 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 148 hours. NAC 108 involves 58 hours of nursing assistant theory, which includes HIV/AIDS and CPR. NAC 111 includes 40 hours of nursing skills. NAC 114 includes 50 hours of unit-based clinical experience in a long-term care facility, using the knowledge and skills acquired from NAC 108 and NAC 111. 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), Seasonal Flu and Varicella, as required by contracts 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 108Nursing Assistant Theory5
NAC 111Nursing Skills Fundamentals2
NAC 114Unit Based Clinical Experience2
 Technical Credits9

Nursing Assistant Theory

Item #
NAC 108
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 safely lift up to 50 pounds.

Nursing Skills Fundamentals

Item #
NAC 111
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 108.

Unit Based Clinical Experience

Item #
NAC 114
Total Credits

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

Documentation of required immunizations, ability to lift up to 50 pounds. Students must have “No Record On File” related to crimes against children or vulnerable adults from the Washington State Patrol and DSHS. Successful completion of NAC 111.
This page was last updated on January 14, 2019.