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

Completion Award
Certificate of Completion
Length of Study
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. Create a resume, prepare for job interviews, and plan 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 $147.42 $241.53 $330.49 $170.14
5 credits $645.10 $1,115.65 $1,560.45 $758.70
12 credits (full-time) $1,388.76 $2,337.72 $3,234.38 $1,632.56
15 credits $1,557.90 $2,518.65 $3,425.90 $1,826.60

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

Additional Program Fees
Approximately $450 in fees

Ways to pay for school

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

Next Steps

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