Prepare for Entry-Level Work as a Nursing Assistant
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 and spring. You must attend an information sesssion. Check the NA-C Information Session calendar for dates.
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.
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.
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.
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.