Nursing Assistant Certification (NAC)

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 challenges the traditional notion that students must first complete all levels of basic education before they can begin workforce training.

This program will provide students with a support class outside of the technical classroom to help with reading and math skills as well as specific skills related to the nursing assistant certified. Classes run approximately 10 weeks (8 Weeks in the summer) and are on a Monday through Thursday daytime schedule.

103 Nursing Assistant Foundations/Clinical
Students are introduced to basic nursing care, safety and emergency nursing procedures, resident's rights and confidentiality.

Principles of therapeutic relationships are presented, as well as the legal/ethical issues related to nursing assistant practice. Includes a practicum in which students demonstrate skills learned in the theory portion in a supervised client care setting.

ESL/GED 071: This course is required of all I-BEST NAC students. It provides additional support for students who have tested below college level in reading or math.
Level One Certificate of Completion

NAC 103 103 Nursing Assistant Foundations / Clinical 9
FACPR032 First Aid for Health Occupations 1
GED/ESL 071 Basic Education wrap around support 5
Entry Requirements
  • Complete Clark College Admissions Application and pay $20.
  • Complete background check through the Washington State Patrol and secondary background check after acceptance into the program.
  • Take a TB test.
  • Score 221 or higher in reading and math on the CASAS test
  • In addition to general CASAS testing requirements, ESL students must completed and ESL level 6A or CASAS test listening score of 221 or higher
  • GED or high school diploma not required, but recommended for Federal Financial Aid or Grant Assistance.


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