The healthcare sector is widely recognized as one of the fastest growing industries in the nation. For this reason, there’s a strong demand for professionals skilled in various aspects of patient care delivery. Nursing assistants are among the careers where there are increasing demands for new and committed workers. In Washington, the State Department of Health oversees the training and licensing of nurse aides and manages the nurse aide registry. Prospective nurse assistants must first complete 85 hours of training through a state-approved program before challenging the state certification exam. Student nurses enrolled in RN and LPN degree programs may also challenge the exam after meeting the minimum requirements. Apart from the federal required training, Washington nurse aides must also complete seven hours of HIV/AIDS training as part of the curriculum.
Divine CNA Training
Divine CNA Training is approved by the DOH, Workforce, and DSHS. The curriculum covers 48 hours of classroom instruction, 40 hours of clinical practicum including 7 hours of HIV/AIDS training and 3 hours of CPR. During the classroom segment, licensed nurse instructors use effective teaching strategies to educate students on infection control, CPR, first aid, vital signs, personal care needs and documenting findings. Students also learn how to communicate effectively, identify good nutrition, prevent patient injury, and understand medical terms and abbreviations. Graduates will meet the state’s criteria for the certification exam. Convenient morning, evening and weekend classes are available. Tuition is $495 plus expenses for TB testing, closed toe shoes, watch with a second hand, scrubs, gait belt, and the state certification fee.
- Website: http://divinecnatraining.com/
- Address: 11740 Aurora Avenue, Seattle, WA 98133
- Phone: 206-724-0830
- Fax: (206) 338-5944
- Email: [email protected]
North Seattle College
NSC’s Nursing Assistant-Certified program prepares students for immediate entry-level employment at long term care facilities and nursing homes. The 3-month program is available in the fall, and spring semesters and applicants must attend the mandatory orientation session in order to gain entry. The 14-credit program provides 200 instructional hours, including 96 classroom hours and 104 lab skills/clinical hours in a clinical setting. Training includes CPR and First Aid for healthcare providers and seven (7) hours of HIV/AIDS education. Students learn personal care, infection control, clients’ rights, community health, nutrition, and state regulations. After completing classroom training requirements, students transfer to one of three licensed nursing facilities to complete the clinical practicum under the supervision of a clinical instructor. Tuition for the 14-credit program is $1,280.36 plus costs for textbook and supplies.
- Website: https://northseattle.edu/programs/nursing-assistant-certified
- Address: 9600 College Way North, Seattle, WA 98103
- Phone: 206-934-6067
South Seattle College
Graduates of SSC’s nurse assistant training can find employment as patient care technicians, CNAs, Registered nursing assistants and home health aides. To successfully apply for the program, you must attend an information session. The 3-month program is available in the fall, winter, spring and summer quarters and is a daytime-only course. Coursework covers emergency preparedness, nutrition, restorative care, controlling infections, basic care procedures, and death and dying. Students must provide evidence of immunization and background clearance, along with a valid CRP card. Strict attendance is a requirement for graduation. Tuition is $1.038 plus $250 for books and supplies.
- Website: https://southseattle.edu/programs/nursing-assistant-certified
- Address: 6000 – 16th Avenue, S.W., Seattle, WA 98106-1499
- Phone: 206-768-6414
American HC CNA School
American HC’s nursing assistant program prepares students for an entry-level career in healthcare. The school is a licensed educational institution with a curriculum designed to help students succeed on the state certification exam. Students develop essential knowledge and skills to care for patients during the 96-hour program, which includes classroom instruction, skills lab, and clinical experience in a skilled practical setting. Applicants to the program must consent to a two-step TB test prior to the clinical rotation. A criminal background check and drug screening are other requirements for working in the clinical facility. Graduates receive a certificate of completion, which enables them to take the state certification exam. Tuition is only $550 and includes textbooks and lab fees.
- Website: http://www.nurseassistwa.com/
- Address: 6951 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Ste 202, Seattle, WA 98118
- Phone: 206-839-1070
Seattle Central College
The summer quarter certified nursing assistant program at Seattle Central prepares students for a career in health. Graduates will be eligible to sit the NAC exam to obtain certification as a certified nursing assistant and assume an entry-level position in a variety of healthcare settings. Students complete 14 credits in one quarter (8 weeks). Required modules include nursing assistant, essential skills for healthcare, and Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association. To become certified, students must demonstrate competency in basic nursing skills, measuring vital signs, medical terminology, infection control procedures, safety and emergency procedures, communication skills, body systems, personal care skills, and patient and resident rights. Applicants must pass a criminal background check and be eligible for placement in ENGL 098 and MATH 087 (minimum) as demonstrated by COMPASS placement test. Students accepted into the program must attend an orientation, have a physical exam, TB tests, vaccinations, and a background check. The school opens admissions in January for the summer quarter. Admission is based on a first come, first served basis. The application fee is $35.00.
- Website: https://healthcare.seattlecentral.edu/programs/nursing-assistant-certified
- Address: 1200 12th Ave S, HEC Rm 202, Seattle, WA 98144
- Phone: 206-934-4347
- Email: [email protected]
The following high schools and nursing home are other DOH-approved training providers in Seattle:
Seattle Skills Center- Medical Careers (High School Students Only)
Address: 3000 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
Phone: 206 252 8800
Avamere Queen Anne Healthcare
Address: 2717 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Seattle Public High School
Address: 2445 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134