Nursing Assistant Certified

An I-BEST Program

Gain CNA skills & launch your healthcare career!

Join the I-BEST Nursing Assistant Certified program at Shoreline Community College. Gain the most effective learning strategies to prepare for the State Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam. FREE tuition is available for qualified low income students. Next class starts in April.

 Nursing instructor with students

This certificate program prepares students for entry into one of the highest demand positions in the healthcare field. Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) work with registered nurses and LPNs in hospitals, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes.

Program Benefits

  • This program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Assistant Commission as a recognized training program. The class provides theory, skills practice and clinical experience. Upon successful completion of the course, students are eligible to take the State CNA exam.
  • The NAC I-BEST program provides extra support for success with the state exam. Gain hands-on skills from two expert instructors in the classroom.
  • Improve your math and language skills to prepare for more advanced healthcare training.
  • Learn college success skills, explore healthcare careers, and get started on your job pathway.
  • Get help with job search, resumes, and interview skills. Gain opportunities to network with local CNA employers.

Who Should Apply?

  • Nursing Assistants work closely with patients. Apply if you like helping people and want to advance in a health care career.
  • Shoreline's six month program provides plenty of practice for your CNA exam, and a high level of support for building your basic skills and planning a healthcare career. Apply if this sounds like a good fit for you.
  • If you plan to apply to nursing schools, a CNA typically provides extra points to make you a more competitive applicant.
  • Qualified applicants can receive free tuition through WorkForce Funding. We will help match you with the best funding package available.
  • You will be assessed for basic reading and math skills. A high school diploma is not required. English language learners should complete Level 4. Free placement test available.
  • All applicants must pass a criminal background check.
  • Students who are accepted must show proof of health insurance coverage and complete required immunizations.

Get started

  1. The next two quarter I-BEST NAC program will be offered Spring/Summer 2017-18. Classes start April 4, 2018.
  2. Join the NAC Information Session every Thursday at 12:30 PM; RSVP to
  3. For applications or questions about the NAC program or funding, contact the I-BEST Program Specialist Eve Sternberg, 206-546-6930,

Sample Class Times (Spring/Summer)

First quarter  Second quarter 
Wednesdays & Thursdays,
7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Wednesdays & Thursdays,
7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Clinicals: 7 days in August, 2018 with
longer Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
schedules to accommodate 8 hour shifts.

Nursing instuctor tutoring student

Preparation for the State's nursing assistant exam

This course is designed to help students prepare for the Washington State exam for Nursing Assistants as well as prepare them for the workforce. The class is split into three parts that include: 1) theory 2) skills and 3) clinical experience. Clinical work is done offsite at a residential care facility where students use the skills learned in the lab and class.

Contact Us

NAC Program Director
Laura Nicholson, RN, MN


Phone 206-546-4584
Office Room 2332

I-BEST Specialist
Eve Sternberg

Email esternberg@
Phone 206-546-6930
Office Room 5101