The Nursing Assistant Program prepares students for a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program that includes both instruction on the principles of nursing and supervised clinical work. Upon completion of training, students are eligible to take their state examination to become a Nursing Assistant, Certified. The Nursing Assistant Program at TCC is approved by the State of Washington, Department of Health, and Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.
Nursing Assistants work under the direction and supervision of licensed nursing staff, have a great deal of contact with patients, and provide personal care such as bathing, feeding, and dressing. They also perform support functions such as taking vital signs, making beds, helping patients become ambulatory, and answering patient calls. Nursing Assistants are responsible for documenting care given, observing, and reporting how patients respond to the care that is being given. Nursing Assistants have far more contact with residents than any other staff and are expected to develop ongoing relationships with the patients/residents and treat them in a positive, caring way. To be a successful Nursing Assistant, they will work in a multidisciplinary team, be able to follow directions, and have a great deal of patience.
The knowledge and skills gained in the Nursing Assistant program are highly valued by healthcare industry employers such as hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and home health agencies. The training can also serve to meet requirements for patient care when applying to other health care education programs, such as nursing, sonography, respiratory care, and radiology.
Nursing Assistant Certified Pathways
There are two pathways for students to acquire their Nursing Assistant Certification. You can enroll in a 5-week program at TCC's Gig Harbor Campus, or you can enroll in a 10-week program through TCC's Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) if you are below college level. Find out more below.
Earn Your Nursing Assistant Certification at TCC's Gig Harbor Campus
The Nursing Assistant Program (HT 198, 110, 120) is 10 credits, is 5 weeks, and includes CPR certification. Prerequisite: None.
The nursing assistant student must be able to meet the Technical Standards, or required skills and abilities, with or without reasonable accommodation.
Students who successfully complete the classroom, skills lab, and clinical requirements will be eligible to take the NNAAP Nurse Aide Exam.
If you are ready to enroll in the Nursing Assistant Program, here are the steps to get started:
|Required Immunizations||Review the Nursing Assistant Vaccination Summary that must be completed to enroll in the NAC program.|
Declination of Influenza Vaccination (if applicable)
Hepatitis Vaccination Declination (if applicable)
|Fees and Costs||Please review the estimated Fees and Costs associated with the Nursing Assistant Program. Find out if you are eligible for Workforce Education Funding or other types of aid at Studentaid.gov.|
Earn Your Nursing Assistant Certification through I-BEST
The I-BEST Nursing Assistant – Certificate (NAC) is an on-ramp to medical field, specifically geared towards pre-nursing students.
The one-quarter (10 week) program curriculum is designed to support English language
learners in pursuit of health careers. All students who score below college level
are welcome to apply. Included in the program is an intensive clinical practicum which
meets the hours required by the State of Washington to sit for NAC certification exam.
Eligibility requirements are:
- Ability to work in the United States
- Ability to pass a criminal background check
- Current immunization
We are always here to help! Please reach out to our Nursing Assistant staff to guide you through the application process.
- For more information about the Gig Harbor Nursing Assistant Program, please email NAC@tacomacc.edu or call 253.566.5218.
- For more information about the I-BEST Nursing Assistant Program, please contact Shawn Story or visit this website.
- If you need technology assistance, you can access computers at the TCC campus to complete your application materials. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 253-566-5176 for more information.