Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) Training with Clark College Economic & Community Development

With Clark College's Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) program in east Vancouver, you can prepare for the Washington State NAC certification exam or the Oregon CNA Level 1 exam in only six weeks!  

NAC IS ONLINE THIS SUMMER!   The registration deadline is June 24th.  Please download and read the "Online Instruction Guide" carefully before you proceed with registration.

Online Instruction Guide

Classes begin online June 29th.  Download the Summer 2020 schedule now.

Download Summer 2020 Schedule 

How to become a CNA—known as Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) in the State of Washington:

Please submit the following in person at:
Clark College Economic & Community Development
18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd. (office located in 143)
Vancouver, WA 98683
1. Completed application with signature

Download 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. (The Clark College Economic & Community Development registration office 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 p.m.

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
  • Proof of a flu shot or a signed form refusing one within the past year prior to the start of the clinical
  • Clear Washington State patrol's 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:            $104.00                       * Includes CPR and HIV training, workbook and nursing assistant certified (NAC) patch.
    Total:                              $1,099.00

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 east Vancouver, WA 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 percent) or above:

  1. Complete all NAC classroom and clinical training
  2. Complete a Healthcare Provider Level CPR and First Aid course (offered within the Clark College Economic & Community Development NAC curriculum)
  3. Complete a 7-hour HIV training course (offered within the Clark College Economic & Community Development NAC curriculum)
  4. The Washington State Certification Exam is an additional fee of $124. 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 receives a workbook, NAC patch, name badge and handouts. Students can check out loaner gait belts and stethoscopes.

Can I get a refund?
Yes. Students can get a refund until the registration deadline. There will be a 10 percent 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 an 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?
You can get your 2-step TB test done in several ways.  See the Washington State Board of Health recommendations here:  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 360-992-2264 for an appointment.

Are there any additional supplies I need to bring?
Yes, there are some additional resources needed to take part in the Clark College Economic & Community Development 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.
  • Hartman’s Nursing Assistant Care: The Basics 5th Edition textbook, ISBN 978-1-60425-100-5


CNA Training is Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) Training in the State of Washington

While known as CNA training in other states, individuals seeking nursing assistant training in Washington State enroll in NAC programs. Nursing assistants—known as NACs—work under the supervision of licensed nurses to provide basic care and help residents of care facilities with the activities of daily living. Those who are nursing assistant certified can work for long-term care centers, home care providers or community health agencies throughout Washington State.

Overall employment for NACs is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026 (—which is faster than the average for all occupations. The Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) program at Clark College is an excellent foundation with pathways toward future endeavors—such as specialty trainings in health services, pre-med or a degree in nursing.

Clark College's Nursing Assistant Certified Instructors


Gabriele Canazzi, RN NAC Director and Instructor

Gabriele Canazzi, BSN, RN NAC Director & Instructor

Gabriele received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing at Washington State University-Vancouver. With experience as a nurse in outpatient gastroenterology and adult triage, she has a heart for compassionate health care and great enthusiasm in helping mold high quality healthcare professionals.

Jennifer Velasquez, LPN NAC Clinical Instructor

Jennifer Velasquez, LPN NAC Clinical Instructor

Jennifer received her practical nursing diploma from Sumner College. With experience as a nurse in corrective centers and skilled-care facilities, she is passionate about taking care of people who can’t care for themselves in a safe and respectful manner and teaching nursing assistants to do the same.

Clark College's Nursing Assistant Certified Curriculum 

Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC): 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 Certified (NAC): Clinical Experience (60 hours) Supervised clinical experience providing care and practice of skills in a long-term client care setting in the Vancouver, WA area.

Related Clark College Online Health care Courses:

Begin with CNA training (nursing assistant certified in the State of Washington) and continue on to additional careers in health care through Clark College's 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

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