Nursing Assistant Program
Due to COVID-19 and circumstances beyond our control, the Nursing Assistant program will not be offered for Winter quarter 2021. Please check back to this webpage for the status of the Spring 2021 cohort.
In just one quarter, the CBC Certified Nursing Assistant (NAC or CNA) program prepares
you for entry-level positions in a variety of healthcare settings and helps you to
take the next step in your nursing education. The program is designed to prepare candidates
for the Nursing Assistant Certification in Washington, which complies with the Nursing
Home Reform Act (OBRA, 1987).
The National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination assures that you understand and can safely perform the job of an entry-level Nursing Assistant. The NNAAP examination is a measure of Nursing Assistant-related knowledge, skills and abilities that includes testing by both a written examination and a skills evaluation. Nursing Assistant students who successfully complete the course work, lab and clinical hours will receive a Certification of Completion from DSHS and be eligible to take the NNAAP examination.
To complete the NA 100 class lecture hours, students are required to meet three days a week for lecture and lab hours during the first four weeks. The instructor schedules clinical hours with the clinical facility and students are required to complete 50 clinical hours during one quarter. These hours include a minimum of 36 shift hours, which are performed at various facilities located throughout the Tri-Cities. Students are required to complete shifts that may start as early as 6 am. Students need to arrange to attend these required shifts, as attendance is mandatory.
Students must have a college transcript showing Math and English at the 100 level or higher with a passing grade or have a current placement test score that places them into:
- Math 50 (formerly Math 84) or higher
- Reading 99 or higher
- English 98 or higher
You may be eligible for financial assistance through the Integrated Basic Education
and Skills Training (I-BEST) program. The CASAS exam is used to determine student
eligibility for I-BEST. Eligible students enrolled in I-BEST benefit from attending
a Special Studies class where they will receive additional educational support to
review classroom instruction, prepare for the exams, and strengthen basic skills while
taking the Nursing Assistant training. Find out more about the I-BEST program.
Students eligible for the Opportunity Grant may receive funds to cover tuition/mandatory fees and up to $1,000 for books and supplies for 45 college credits.