Nurse Assistant

Nurse Assistant Certificate

This course will provide training in all client care aspects that are necessary to obtain certification as a Washington State Nursing assistant (CNA). Clinical externships are provided at acute care and long-term care sites after completing on-campus lab sessions. The CNA works in hospitals, nursing homes with patients and provides assistance with daily living tasks such as dressing, bathing, feeding, toileting, vital signs, catheter care, bed making, etc.

Please refer to the following web page for valuable information on CNAs including sample practice CNA exams.

Please refer to the following web page for locations on taking the CNA exams.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed in long-term care facilities.

Pay varies by experiences, employer and locality. For current available jobs and pay information in Washington, visit

Suggested Course Sequence

Prerequisites Credits
AHE 116 Explore Health Careers 4
AHE 110 The Human Body: Structure Function 5
BSTEC 104 Medical Terminology 3
BSTEC 129 PC Basics 3
AHE 115 CPR/First Aid 1

Prerequisites are offered every quarter.

Note: Students with previous healthcare experience or education may be able to waive some or all of the prerequisites. Please consult with an advisor for more information.

First Quarter Credits
AHE 162 Basic Patient Care Skill 6
AHE 164 CNA-Clinical Externship 2

Nursing Assistant courses are generally offered in fall, winter and spring quarters.

*Please see the projected annual schedule.