Learn nursing assistant hands-on skills and theory in a supportive environment, with access to a skills lab, clinical practicum and practice opportunities to prepare for the state CNA exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. This program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Commission as a recognized training program.

Non-I-BEST Option (NAC105) uses an asynchronous online teaching/learning approach with an in-person/on-campus skill lab for independent learners experienced with online learning, who are self-starters, and with good time
management skills.

I-BEST Option (NAC 103) uses an I-BEST approach to instruction, with two teachers in the classroom and skills lab, and opportunities for students to strengthen their English and basic skills.

Completion Award
Certificate of Completion
Length of Study
16-18 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
On Campus

  1. Understand the role of the nursing assistant and the various members of the health care team
  2. Communicate effectively with clients, family and other health care team members, using competent workplace English and demonstrating cultural awareness in all aspects of care
  3. Perform the basic techniques needed for general health maintenance and daily care of clients
  4. Understand the cause and effect of various typical disease processes and interventions needed for safety and care
  5. Opportunities for resume writing, job interview preparation, and planning for further healthcare training to advance their career.

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The job outlook for nursing assistants is projected to remain strong in Washington State and nationally over the next decade. Graduates who pass the State NAC exam will be most competitive for jobs in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. With some experience, NACs may also be hired by hospitals. The median hourly wage for a nursing assistant in Washington State was $15.01 in 2020. In the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area, the median hourly wage for a nursing assistant was $16.12 in 2020. Potential employers include: hospitals, assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $150.18 $246.87 $337.97 $166.09
5 credits $658.90 $1,142.35 $1,597.85 $738.45
12 credits (full-time) $1,418.96 $2,393.98 $3,312.20 $1,579.76
15 credits $1,592.00 $2,579.20 $3,508.25 $1,755.35

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Program Fees
Approximately $690.80 in fees

Ways to pay for school

Federal aid, scholarships, grants, and more are available to help you pay for school.

Next Steps

How to apply

In accordance with U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 C.F.R. 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) program at Shoreline Community College has reviewed the NAC licensing requirements for Washington State and has determined that a Shoreline NAC graduate would be eligible for NAC licensure in Washington State. Shoreline Community College has not made a determination whether the NAC curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure/certification outside of Washington State.


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