Options in Healthcare: Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) & Beyond
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.
Overall employment for nursing assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026 (bls.gov), which is faster than the average for all occupations. The Nursing Assistant Certified program (NAC) is an excellent foundation with pathways for future endeavors, such as specialty trainings in health services or a degree in nursing. With Clark College Economic & Community Development, you can prepare for the Washington State NAC certification exam in only six weeks!
The fall 2018 NAC session begins September 20 and the registration deadline is September 18. Interested in touring the NAC classroom and meeting instructor Gabriele Canazzi, RN? Join Clark College Economic & Community Development anytime between 4-7 p.m. Thursday, September 13 for an open house. Click here to learn more and RSVP.
NAC Training with Clark College Economic & Community Development
Meet Our Instructors
How to Apply:Please submit the following in person at:
Clark College Economic & Community Development 500 Broadway Street, Suite 200 Vancouver, WA 98660
Our registration hours are Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Gabriele Canazzi, RN
Jennifer Velasquez, LPN
Fall Session: 9/20 - 11/2 Download Fall 2018 NAC Course Schedule
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'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
*Book & Supplies: $104.00 * Includes CPR and HIV training, workbook and NAC patch.
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.
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 percent) or above:
- Complete all NAC classroom and clinical training
- Complete a Healthcare Provider Level CPR and First Aid course (offered within the Clark College Economic & Community Development NAC curriculum)
- Complete a 7-hour HIV training course (offered within the Clark College Economic & Community Development NAC curriculum)
- 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
Related Clark College Online Healthcare Courses:
Start with NAC and continue on to additional careers in Healthcare through Clark College online programs.