Nursing Assistant Program
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
CBC offers the Nursing Assistant course in Fall, Winter and Spring quarter each year.
Students must apply and be accepted to register. The application will be posted on
the Application Process tab, on this webpage, in July of each year for the current
Ex: Application posted July 2023 for the 2023-24 academic year.
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.
All students interested in the Nursing Assistant program are encouraged to attend
a free information session. A counselor will describe the program, the prerequisites,
the application process and take time to answer questions.
Information sessions are open to anyone interested in a CBC Health Sciences program.
To view upcoming information sessions and register, please check our events calendar.