Nursing Assistant Certified

The Nursing Assistant Certificate program provides instruction in basic nursing skills, HIV/AIDS, and clinical training in a long-term care facility. After successful completion of the Nursing Assistant Program, 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 hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and home or community health agencies.

Participation Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • High school diploma or GED is recommended, but not required
  • Proof of 2-step TB test or clear chest x-ray within 6 months upon acceptance into the program
  • Clear criminal background check. All accepted students are required to complete and pass the FBI, Washington State Patrol/Oregon State Patrol (depending on state residence) criminal background check process. The process requires a fee and the applicant's social security number.
  • Upon successful selection, attendance at mandatory Nursing Assistant Orientation. Attendance is required or the next eligible alternate student will be given the assigned placement in the program. Students will be informed of the orientation date, time and place.

Application Requirements

  • All applicants must submit the following four (4) items by the stated deadline on the Statement of Intent form in order to be considered for the quarter's NAC class.
    • Application for Admission to (if not already a student at) Clark College
    • Statement of Intent form
    • Criminal Background Check results
    • Copy of current driver's license or other legal photo ID
Classes are held at the Clark Center at Washington State University, Vancouver and Columbia Tech Center in east Clark County. Clinical skills training is in a supervised client care setting in the Clark County area.

Disability Statement for Health Occupations
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, accommodations for students with disabilities will be considered at the student's request. The student may need to provide documentation of disability to the Disability Support Services Office to support his/her accommodation requests. Documentation guidelines and procedures can be found at www.clark.edu/dss. Once the student is qualified by DSS as having a disability, requested accommodations will be considered. Accommodations for the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting will be evaluated according to reasonableness. Accommodations that compromise patient care, or that fundamentally alter the essential functions of the program or activity, are not considered to be reasonable.
Nursing Assistant (CC)
Nursing Assistant Certificate (I-BEST)

I-BEST pairs English as a Second Language (ESL) and/or Adult Basic Education (ABE) instructors with career and technical education instructors in the classroom to concurrently provide students with literacy education and workforce skills. I-BEST students are required to attend ABE/GED 071 classes in addition to the NAC classes.

This program requires CASAS testing and requires a multi-step process before students can apply.

I-BEST NAC classes run approximately 10 weeks (8 weeks in the summer) and are on a Monday-through-Friday daytime schedule.
Preliminary General Education Requirements
NAC 103
NURSING ASSISTANT FOUNDATIONS/CLINICAL
9 cr.
FACPR032
FIRST AID AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDER CPR
1 cr.
IBEST Instruction*
0 cr.
*IBEST Instruction includes the following non-college credit courses:
ESL 071
I-BEST SUPPORT
1-10 cr.
or GED 071
I-BEST SUPPORT
1-10 cr.
or ABE 071
I-BEST SUPPORT
1-10 cr.
Refer to the Degree Requirements section in the Clark College Catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the general education requirements.
Total Required Credits: 10
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Behave in a professional and ethical manner when interacting with patients, health care professionals, and peers.
  • Identify and implement safety and emergency procedures.
  • Utilize basic technical skills to promote the highest level of care for residents, recognizing individual, cultural, and religious diversity.
  • Successfully complete NAC State Written and Skills Exam.
Nursing Assistant (CC)
Preliminary General Education Requirements
NAC 103
NURSING ASSISTANT FOUNDATIONS/CLINICAL
9 cr.
FACPR032
FIRST AID AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDER CPR
1 cr.
(Can be obtained outside of Clark)
Refer to the Degree Requirements section in the Clark College Catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the general education requirements.
Total Required Credits: 10
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Behave in a professional and ethical manner when interacting with patients, health care professionals, and peers.
  • Identify and implement safety and emergency procedures.
  • Utilize basic technical skills to promote the highest level of care for residents, recognizing individual, cultural, and religious diversity.
  • Successfully complete NAC State Written and Skills Exam.