Options in Healthcare: Nursing Assistant Certified and Beyond

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that jobs for nursing aides would increase by 21% from 2012 to 2022 (www.bls.gov), which is much higher than other healthcare occupations. Nursing Assistants work under the supervision of licensed nurses to provide basic care and help residents of care facilities with the activities of daily living.

Nursing Assistants can work for long-term centers, home care providers or community health agencies throughout Washington State.  NAC is an excellent foundation with pathways for future endeavors, such as specialty trainings in health services or a degree in nursing.

With ECD, you can prepare for the Washington State NAC certification exam in only six weeks!

 NAC Training with Clark College Economic & Community Development

  • Nursing Assistant Classroom Theory and Lab (60 hours)
    Study and practice in preparation for Washington state certification examination as a nursing assistant. Topics include anatomy and physiology, resident rights, concepts of death and dying, dementia care, legal aspects of care, scope of practice of the nursing assistant, function of the health care team, communication skills, infection control, safety and emergency procedures, and restorative care.
  • Nursing Assistant Clinical Experience (60 hours)
    Supervised clinical experience providing care and practice of skills in a long-term client care setting in the Clark County area.

Next Session: 3/06 - 4/24    Download Winter 2018 Session #2 Course Schedule

How to Apply:

Please submit the following in person at:
Clark College ECD, 500 Broadway Street, Suite 200 Vancouver, WA 98660

  1. Completed Application with signature                               NAC Application
  2. A valid Washington State Criminal Records background check completed within 6 months to the start of class and a valid photo ID.(Registration is able to perform a background check for you for a $15.00 charge.)
  3. Payment or confirmation of funding

Our Registration hours are Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Meet Rachel Curran,
NAC Instructor for ECD

ECD Instructor Rachel Curran

ECD is proud to welcome Rachel Curran to the NAC program. 

Rachel has over 13 years of experience as a nurse in geriatrics and pediatrics.   Her chosen area of expertise is memory and dementia care.  She truly has a heart for the nursing profession and is passionate in helping mold high quality healthcare professionals

Winter Registration is Now Open, Apply Today!

Eligibility & Participation Requirements

  • Age 18 or older.
  • High school diploma or GED is recommended, but not required.
  • Running start students encouraged to apply (age 17 or older).
  • Proof of negative 2-step TB test or equivalent within the past year, prior to start of the Clinical. TB Requirements
  • Clear Washington State Patrol criminal background check. State Guidelines
  • Washington state recommends a 6th grade level in English (ABE 3) and a 4th grade level in Math (ABE 2).

Tuition, Funding Sources and Payment Options


    Classroom/Clinical           $995.00 
    *Book & Supplies:              $85.00                       * Includes CPR and HIV training, books, class handouts and NAC patch
    Total:                            $1,080.00

Please be aware that the Nursing Assistant Certified program does not qualify for some types of state and federal financial aid.  Discuss your program of choice with your funding source before applying. 

Possible funding sources include the following:

  • WorkSource                                                      (360) 735-5000
  • Workfirst                                                           (360) 992-2915
  • Basic Food Employment &Training (BFET)      (360) 992-2321
  • STEPP Student Tuition Easy Payment Plan- The Student Tuition Easy Payment Plan (STEPP)is a payment program offered at Clark College. STEPP makes budgeting for college expenses more flexible each quarter because it lets you pay in installments interest free in the quarter. You can make payments by personal check, cash or credit card. There is a $15 non refundable charge for each quarter that you enroll in STEPP to set up your account.

Class Location

 Clark College at Columbia Tech Center  (CTC)       Directions via Google

       Room 316
 18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd.
 Vancouver, WA  98683

Parking is free at this campus.   Clinical skills training is off-campus in a supervised client care setting in the Clark County area.

State Certification Information

After successful completion of the Nursing Assistant training, students are eligible to sit for the State of Washington Nursing Assistant examination for State certification.  Students receiving their certification will be eligible to apply for employment in long-term care facilities, assisted living, home care or community health agencies, and hospitals. To earn the Certificate of Completion, students must complete the following courses with a grade of “B” (80%) or above:

  1. Complete all NAC classroom and clinical training
  2. Complete a Healthcare Provider Level CPR and First Aid course (offered within the ECD curriculum)
  3. Complete a 7-hour HIV training course (offered within the ECD curriculum)
  4. The WA state Certification Exam is an additional fee of $110. You must pay for both the written (or oral) examination and the skills evaluation the first time you test.  Please see page 5 of the Candidate Handbook for additional costs.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s included in books and supplies?
The student received a workbook, NAC patch, name badge, and handouts. The student can check out a loaner textbook, gait belts and stethoscope

Can I get a refund?
Yes. Students can get a refund until the registration deadline. There will be a 10% handling charge for all refund requests. After the registration deadline, no refunds will be granted 

Do I need a GED or high school diploma to take the program?
No. A GED is not required to take the nursing assistant training program. However, it may help you be more competitive in the job market

Does a Medical Assistant qualify the same as a NAC for nursing school?
No. To qualify for the Nursing program you will need to complete the NAC training.

Do you offer online classes?
No, we do not offer online classes for the NAC program.  Students have a much easier time grasping the material in-person, and it better prepares them for the Washington State NAC exam.

English is not my first language. Do I have to take a placement test?
No, however per Washington's state recommendation you will need to have a 6th grade level in English (ABE 3) and a 4th grade level (ABE 2) in math.

Will you help me find a job after I complete the program?
No, we do not offer job placement for our students. However, some students do get hired at our clinical facilities and many other facilities in the area express interest in our students.

How much can I expect to make as a NAC?
Entry-level NACs can expect to make between $9 and $15 an hour, depending upon prior work experience, employer, and clinical experience.

Where can I obtain the TB Test?
Here’s a link that shows you where you can go to get your 2-step TB test done. 2-Step TB Test Info 
If you do not have a health care provider or your insurance plan will not cover this cost, Clark College Health Services provides these services to students at very low cost.  Please call 992-2264 for an appointment, if needed.

Are there any additional supplies I need to bring?
Yes, there are some additional resources needed to take part in the ECD NAC program.

  • Royal blue scrubs (not navy blue).
  • White or mostly white athletic shoes or nursing shoes.
  • A wrist watch with a second hand.
  • 3-ring binder with dividers and lined paper.


Related Clark College Online Healthcare Courses:

Start with NAC and continue on to additional careers in Healthcare through Clark College online programs.

Certificate in End of Life Care
Certificate in Nutrition, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion
Medical Terminology Series
Certificate in Gerontology
Pain Management and End of Life Bundle
Spanish for Healthcare
Medical Math