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Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC/CNA)   

NAC Covid Update (updated on 8/31/2022)

Due to Governor Inslee’s vaccination mandate, below are additional requirements: 

  • Highline's Nursing Department, including the NAC Program, is requiring all students to be fully vaccinated.  Religious/Medical exemptions are not allowed at our clinical locations. Submit photo documentation (front/back) of their vaccination card when submitting their NAC application form to the Continuing Education department. 
  • Students will be required to provide documentation of their vaccination card to our off-site clinical location and may be subject to Covid testing at the clinical location site.   
  • Students are required to complete Highline’s COVID-19 attestation form in their ctcLink account.  Click Here to learn how to activate your ctcLink account and submit your attestation form.
  • All students will be required to wear a mask at the clinical site.   

For complete details and to view Highline’s Vaccine-Required Campus FAQs page, click here

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Course Overview

Welcome to the Certified Nursing Assistant Theory and Practicum program at Highline College. This program prepares students to take the Washington State Nursing Assistant exam. This is an accelerated course that can be completed in just four weeks. The program will offer open labs after the completion of class to allow you to practice for your state exam.

Come join us in the first step of your career in Health care. Students who have successfully completed this program and passed their state exam are happily working in hospitals, short-term rehab programs, nursing homes, specialized programs such as hospice, short-term surgery sites, and emergency room techs.

This program also completes one of the requirements for the Registered Nursing Program at Highline College.


How To Register:

*EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY*

We are no longer accepting applications via email. 

Please drop off your completed NAC application, a copy of a valid TB test, and proof of your COVID-19 vaccine at our office in the Campus View building. 

The address to the building is:

2920 College Way
Des Moines, WA 98198 

A reading/math assessment will be administered in our office upon application submission.

Our in-person office hours are Mondays-Fridays from 8A-4P. 

If you have questions, please email ce@highline.edu or call 206-592-3785.  Thank you---CE Staff. 

 

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Why register for Highline's Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC/CNA) program? 

  • An intense 4-week program that prepares students to take the Washington State licensure exam. If successfully completed you will receive an NAC Certificate of Completion.

  • Over half of our students qualify for funding (see below for more details).

  • We are an approved testing site. You have the option to take the state test in a classroom space that you are already familiar and comfortable in.

  • We now have a brand new, state-of-the-art, Allied Health Academy building where the NAC lab is located.

  • While Highline College does not provide job placement, our Career and Student Employment department offers assistance with career exploration, job searches, on-campus employment, resume writing, career events and more.

  • Becoming a certified NAC/CNA is a great entry-level position into the medical field.  According to Emsi labor market analytics, the average hourly wage for a starting certified NAC/CNA position in the King County area is between $18.60-$23.40 an hour.


Fall Session 1: FULL - Students can still apply to be put on the waiting list 

Application Deadlines

  • WES Funded Students: Monday, September 19th
  • Self-Pay Students: Thursday, September 22nd


Dates/Days/Times

  • Theory- September 26th - October 13th  8:00AM-1:30PM (3 Weeks) 
  • On-Site Clinical: (Students must attend 1-week) October 17th - October 21st or October 24th - October 28th from 6:00AM-2:30PM


Fall Session 2: Application Here

Application Deadlines

  • WES Funded Students: Monday, October 31st  
  • Self-Pay Students: Thursday, November 3rd 


Dates/Days/Times

  • Theory- November 7th - 18th & November 28th - December 1st 8:00AM-1:30PM (3 Weeks) 
  • On-Site Clinical: (Students must attend 1-week) December 5th - December 9th or December 12th - December 16th from 6:00AM-2:30PM


Winter Session 1: DATES COMING SOON


Enrollment & Payment Options

Option #1: $789.00

  • Non-Credit
  • The student receives a Certificate of Completion
  • State Exam Fees not included
  • Additional fees include medical & liability insurance, nursing supply fee, processing fee and building fee.
  • Ideal for students applying to a Nursing Program

 

Option #2: $998.00

  • Non-Credit
  • The student receives a Certificate of Completion
  • Includes State Testing Fees
  • Additional fees include medical & liability insurance, nursing supply fee, processing fee, and building fee.
  • Ideal for students entering the workforce or wanting to obtain a job working in this field

 

Option #3: $1205.67 (*estimated total varies on the price of college credit & student Admission status)

  • 7-College Credits
  • The student receives a Certificate of Completion
  • Includes State Testing Fees
  • Additional fees include medical & liability insurance, nursing supply fee, processing fee, and building fee.
  • Ideal for students who need elective college credits and/or for students who are receiving funding assistance


Funding Assistance

The NAC/CNA Certificate Training Program does not qualify for traditional Financial Aid. Click on the link Funding Steps for step-by-step instructions to see if you qualify for funding. It is quick and easy. Doesn't matter if you are already working, you may still qualify.

Workforce Education Services (WES)  (Building 1)-- (206) 592-3802

Women’s Programs and WorkFirst Services – (Building 6)-- (206) 592-3340 

 

Certificate of Completion

In order to be eligible for state certification exam, you  must have completed and passed (with an 80% score) the NAC/CNA Certificate Training Program class at Highline College. For more information about certification, check the website at: Credentia.

 

Clinicals

One of the key components of Highline's NAC/CNA Training Program is the clinical experience. Students will complete 10 hours of in class lab time and 40 hours of clinical time. During the clinical, students apply theory learned in the classroom to practice in a clinical setting, which results in 50 hours of "hands-on" experience.  Our current clinical location is held at Judson Park, just minutes away from Highline College.

Important:

  • Clinical sites will accept placement of only those students who are insured against malpractice liability for actions or in-actions occurring in the clinical setting.   
  • Students participating in the clinical education program will be  covered either by a student medical malpractice policy offered  through the College, or acquired by the student through another  source.  
  • The limits of such coverage shall be, at a minimum, $1,000,000 per occurrence.  
  • Certificates of such coverage purchased by the student will be provided to the clinical site upon request. Should any student lack adequate proof of insurance, the clinical site can refuse to accept the student for placement.
  • The clinical site will perform an independent background check on all students.  The clinical site reserves the right to prohibit any student from participating in clinicals.


Application Steps

Below are the application steps for the NAC/CNA program:

  • Complete the attached NAC/CNA application.
  • Provide evidence of a negative Tuberculosis (TB) reading (within the past year) or current x-ray/symptom check (within the past 2 years).
  • Provide documentation of COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • Incomplete or illegible applications will not be considered.  A reading/math assessment will be administered upon application submission.
  • Provide payment in full for the course, payment will be submitted online in the students CTC Link portal once accepted into the NAC Program.  If you are receiving funding, you will be required to submit a letter or email from the funding source stating you have been approved for tuition assistance.


Criminal Background Check

If you have questions about the types of convictions that would exclude you from the program, call Washington State Patrol customer service at (360) 705-5100 or check the list online at click here. Clinical sites will perform an national background check that includes any previous addresses within the last 3 years. 

 

State Testing Information

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 Highline College’s NAC/CNA Certificate Training Program is now an approved In-Facility Testing Site. Students who choose the enrollment option with state test and DOH application fees will be eligible to take the Washington State Nurse Aide Exam at Highline College. If you pass the test successfully, you will be considered “certified”.  The instructor will discuss this process during week three of class.  As of 02/18/2020, current prices are: $85 DOH Application; $124 State Testing.


*Please note: Only one voucher code will be issued per state exam for each student.

 

Additional Fees & Required Supplies:


  • Immunizations: TB testing (within the past year) or current chest x-ray/symptom check (within the past 2 years) must be turned in with application packet.
  • Parking Permit: $2.00 daily parking passes.  **Must be purchased daily.  Purchases can be made at the parking pay stations located in the south and east parking lots.  For more information, please visit the Public Safety website.
  • Required Supplies: See Application Packet 

 

Meet the Instructor

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Sharry Edwards, LPN worked for Kaiser Permanente for 26 years mostly in Home Health and Hospice, and has been a clinical instructor for the Highline School District PSSA CNA program. Sharry started her nursing career as a CNA 30 years ago, and has a love for nursing and passion for teaching. 

 

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