Academic Catalog

Nursing Assistant Certificate (I-BEST)

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 2 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall and spring quarters and is held in the evening.

Prepares students for employment as nursing assistants. The integrated nursing assistant program combines basic skills instruction with the health care curriculum.

Structured classroom curriculum includes introduction to long-term care, the role of the nursing assistant, working environment/safety, infection control/HIV/AIDS, special needs of the elderly and chronically ill, end-of-life issues and care, CPR, emergency care, basic nursing, restorative care, and body systems review. Additionally, students develop computer skills and prepare for employment search in the health field. The second quarter includes the nursing lab and unit-based clinical experience. During the laboratory experience, students will learn and be expected to practice and demonstrate all skills taught. The unit-based clinical instruction gives the opportunity to continue to practice the skills received in classroom theory and laboratory environment and involves 60 hours of supervised instruction at a long-term care facility. Mandatory attendance is required for all nursing laboratory and clinical days. Scheduling of the unit based clinical portion of class is determined by facility availability.

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 state eligibility requirements.

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, Tdap (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 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.

The student must be screened using the CASAS assessment to meet eligibility requirements.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
NAC 126Nursing Assistant Theory I3
NAC 136Nursing Skill Fundamentals I-BEST2
NAC 142Nursing Assistant Theory II2
NAC 144Unit Based Clinical Experience I-BEST2
 Technical Credits9

Nursing Assistant Theory I

Item #
NAC 126
Total Credits
3

Introduction to the role and responsibilities of a Nursing Assistant. Includes the following topics: resident/work environment, infection control, special needs of the elderly, communication and interpersonal skills, body systems (introduction to key anatomical, physiological and pathological terms), documentation responsibilities, residents’ rights, long-term care setting, legal/ethical issues, and stages of death and dying. This course will meet the didactic portion of Washington State and Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) requirements for Nursing Assistant Training. 

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Nursing Skill Fundamentals I-BEST

Item #
NAC 136
Total Credits
2

Explore the principles of providing basic patient care; includes the minimum requirements for skill competencies as required under the Washington State and Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) requirements for the Nursing Assistant. Students must correctly demonstrate 100% of the steps for each of the skills tested. 

Prerequisites
Documentation of required immunizations, ability to lift up to 25 lbs., and a No Record on File from the Washington State Patrol and DSHS.
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Nursing Assistant Theory II

Item #
NAC 142
Total Credits
2

Covers infection control, documentation responsibilities, first aid & CPR training, HIPAA, and HIV training. 

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Unit Based Clinical Experience I-BEST

Item #
NAC 144
Total Credits
2

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

Prerequisites
Documentation 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 126, NAC 136, and NAC 142.
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