Nursing Assistant-Certified Program


Prepare for Entry-Level Work as a Nursing Assistant

Grad Success
One-Quarter Curriculum
Strong Academic Support  
Grants for NA-C & Nursing Academy

North’s Nursing Assistant-Certified program prepares you for immediate entry-level employment in long-term care and/or home health agencies as well as in hospitals. You’ll be ready for employment in just one quarter. The program is offered fall, winter and spring. You must attend an information session to enroll.  The I-BEST supported program is offered fall and spring quarters.
Check the NA-C Information Session calendar for dates. Workforce Education provides financial aid, and many jobs are available in the greater Seattle area.

Graduate Success

This program is approved by the Washington State Department of Health as a Nursing Assistant Training program and also approved by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) as an I-BEST program.

Grads are prepared to apply to take the Washington State Nursing Assistant certification test. Over 90 percent of North’s graduates pass the exam, and all grads seeking employment have been hired.

One-Quarter Curriculum

The one-quarter/14-credit program gives you 96 theory (classroom) hours and 104 lab/clinical hours in basic nursing care skills — CPR and First Aid for the Healthcare Provider, HIV/AIDS, body mechanics, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, personal care, communication, and interpersonal skills. Information on clients' rights, infection control, community health and social service resources, and state regulations are also part of the curriculum.

Clinicals are held at one of three area Skilled Nursing Facilities: Ballard Care and Rehabilitation, Ida Culver House Broadview, and Richmond Beach Rehabilitation — supervised by an NSC clinical instructor and paired with an experienced nursing assistant, caring for residents of different ages and varied needs.

Strong Academic Support

Three experienced/highly qualified instructors teach as a team in the NA-C program. You have access to a state-of-the-art nursing lab, and a password-protected Web site to review and practice nursing assistant skills during the program and prior to state testing. There are additional opportunities to take prerequisites and be part of a separate pool of applicants for North’s LPN program.

The I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) format helps you develop literacy and workplace skills at the same time. An ABE/ESL instructor and a theory instructor co-teach, with 33 separate class hours allocated for students needing additional help. Tutors assist with pronunciation, reading and speaking skills.

Grant Funding Created NA-C Program & Nursing Academy

The Nursing Assistant–Certified program was established through Norths’s first U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) grant. A second DOL grant provides advanced nursing assistant courses through the Nursing Assistant Academy. 

A recent Hospital Employee Education and Training  grant from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) helped NA-Cs already in the work force at Northwest Hospital move into the LPN career pathway or get training for promotion to be a clinical lab assistant, resulting in pay raises and movement up the career ladder.

Physical Therapist Trains NA-Cs in Body Mechanics

Gretchen Zemke, BS, Registered Physical Therapist
NA Academy instructor

Gretchen Zemke, a physical therapist, trains NA-Cs in body mechanics, bringing the specialist’s viewpoint to an area that is important for the health worker’s safety as well as the patient’s. 


The program is diverse — not just ethnically and culturally but in terms of the educational and work background of students — people from universities, some with extensive work experience and many just starting out. That benefited all of us, creating a team where we helped each other and had a variety of knowledge to draw from.

I came from a big university and was surprised by the personal contact offered by the instructors at North. They take an active role with every student — I felt they would do anything for us! We learned about how to care for people by having instructors who model that care for their students.

NA-C provides a good set of skills for a start in a healthcare career. My long-term goal is medical school, and I wanted the experience with personalized patient care that NA-C  offers.

—Amy Erdman
NA-C graduate, biology tutor, nursing student

Nursing Assistant-Certified Program

Program Information
Contact us by
(206) 934-4601

Health & Human Services Division

IB 2301Northwest section of the Instruction Building, 2nd floor
Division Contacts
(206) 934-3790
Mailing Address
NSC Health & Human Services Division
9600 College Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
Steven Thomas


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