CNA Courses in Washington

A CNA in Washington is termed as NAC (Nurse Assistant-Certified). Becoming a NAC in the state requires one to complete the certified nursing assistant course first, succeeded by state certification exam. The State Department of Social and Health Services regulate and approve CNA courses in Washington, which are offered by numerous colleges. This course indulges students in conceptualizing and learning all nursing facets, for which a minimum of 85 hours of training is provided during the course. This training is divided between 35 hours of classroom training and 50 hours of applied clinical exercises. Aspects that are covered during the course of this training program include:

  • Patient care and treatment
  • Sanitation and nutrition
  • Daily living activities
  • CPR training
  • Monitoring vital signs
  • Safety and emergency methods
  • Infection control
  • Restorative care
  • Medical terminology
  • Promoting residents’ rights
  • Documentation and reporting

Prerequisites for CNA Courses

  • Clean criminal background
  • Passing medical and drug test

Required Skills

  • Good behavior
  • Good communication skills
  • Teamwork/patience
  • Consistency

State approved CNA Courses in Washington

Name Of School Address Phone No Fax No Official Website
East Adams Rural Hospital 903 South Adams,Ritzville, WA 99169 (509) 659-5410 http://www.earh.com
Life Care Center Of Ritzville 506 South Jackson Street,Ritzville, WA 99169 (509) 659-1600 (509) 659-1317 http://lifecarecenterofritzville.com
Wenatchee Valley College 1300 Fifth Street,Wenatchee, WA 98801 (509) 682-6800 https://www.wvc.edu
Chelan High School 215 West Webster AvenuePO Box 369,Chelan, WA 98816 (509)-682-4061 http://www.chelanschools.org
Peninsula College 1502 East Lauridsen Boulevard,Port Angeles, WA  98362 (360) 452-9277, (877) 452-9277 http://www.pencol.edu
Avamere Olympic Rehabilitation  of Sequim 1000 South 5th Avenue,Sequim, WA 98382 (360)-582-3900 http://avamereolympicrehabofsequim.com
Clark College 1933 Fort Vancouver Way,Vancouver, WA 98663 (360)-699-NEXT (6398) http://www.clark.edu
CNA Program School of Nursing 5317 Northeast Saint Johns Road Suite F, Vancouver, WA 98661 (360) 546-0098 (360) 546-2246 http://maryannscnaprogram.com
CNA Program Vancouver 6168 Northeast Highway 99 Suite 102,Vancouver, WA 98665 (360) 635-7506 (360) 326-8183 http://www.cnavancouver.com
Northwest N.A.C Program 11606 Northeast 66th Street #101  Vancouver, WA  98662 (360) 882-0101 (360) 882-0303 http://nwnact.org
Lower Columbia College  1600 Maple Street, Longview WA 98632 (360)-442-2311, (360) 442-2344 http://www.lowercolumbia.edu
Kelso School District 601 Crawford Street, Kelso, WA 98626 (360) 501-1900 http://www.kelso.wednet.edu
Frontier Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center 1500 3rd Avenue,Longview, WA 98632 (360) 423-8800 (360) 636-3421 http://frontierhealthandrehab.com
Care Careers Academy 862 15th Avenue,Longview, WA 98632 (360) 636-4045, (360) 636-1000, (800) 608-2388 http://carecareersacademy.org
Ferry County Memorial Hospital 36 Klondike Road,Republic, WA  99166 (509) 775-3333 (509)-775-3866 http://www.fcphd.org
Garfield County Hospital District 66 North Sixth Street, Pomeroy, WA 99347 (509) 843-1591 http://pomeroymd.com
Big Bend Community College 7662 Chanute Street Northeast,Moses Lake, WA 98837 (509) 793-2061 http://www.bigbend.edu
Quincy Valley Medical Center 908 Tenth Avenue Southwest Quincy, WA 98848 (509) 787-3531 (509)-787-2016 http://www.quincyhospital.org
Columbia Basin Job Corps 6739 24th StreetBuilding 2402,Moses Lake, WA 98837-3246 (509) 762-5581 (509) 793-1758 http://columbiabasin.jobcorps.gov
Columbia Crest Care And Rehabilitation 1100 East Nelson Road,Moses Lake , WA 98837-2360 (509) 765-6788 http://www.genesishcc.com
Grays Harbor College 1620 Edward P. Smith Drive,Aberdeen, WA 98520 (360) 532-9020, (800) 562-4830 (360) 538-4299 http://www.ghc.edu
Life Care Center of Port Townsend 751 Kearney Street,Port Townsend, WA 98368 (360) 385-3555 (360) 385-7409 http://lifecarecenterofporttownsend.com
Bellevue College 3000 Landerholm Circle Southeast, Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 (425) 564-1000 http://www.bellevuecollege.edu
Green River Community College 12401 Southeast 320th Street,Auburn, WA 98092-3622 (253) 833-9111 http://grcc.greenriver.edu
Highline Community College P.O. Box 980002400 South 240 Street,Des Moines, WA 98198-9800 (206) 878-3710 http://www.highline.edu
Lake Washington Institute Of Technology 11605 132nd Avenue Northeast,Kirkland, WA 98034 (425) 739-8100 http://www.lwtech.edu
North Seattle College 9600 College Way North,Seattle, Washington 98103 (206) 934-3600 https://northseattle.edu
Renton Technical College 3000 Northeast 4th Street, Renton, WA 98056 (425) 235-2352 http://www.rtc.edu
Seattle Central Community College 1701 Broadway Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 934-3800 http://www.seattlecentral.edu
Shoreline Community College  16101 Greenwood Avenue North, Shoreline, WA 98133-5696 (206) 546-4101 (206)-546-4630 http://www.shoreline.edu
South Seattle College 6000 16th Avenue Southwest,Seattle, WA 98106 (206) 934-5300 http://www.southseattle.edu
Wanic Skills Center 1605 132nd Avenue Northeast #A108,Kirkland, WA 98034 (425) 739-8400 (425) 739-8398 http://wanic.org
Avamere Queen Anne Healthcare 2717 Dexter Avenue, North Seattle, WA 98109

(206) 284-7012 (206) 283-3936 http://www.queenannehealthcare.com
Richmond Beach Health And Rehab 19235 15th Avenue Northwest,Shoreline, WA 98177 (206) 546-2666 (206) 542-1164 http://richmondbeachrehab.com
Blossom Nursing Assistant Program Program 24860 Pacific Highway South Suite 103,Kent,  WA   98032 (253) 945-8232 (206) 592-2983 http://www.blossomcna.com
Divine CNA Program 1707 South 341st Place, Unit D,Federal Way, WA 98003 (253)-874-0174 (206) 338-5944 http://divinecnaprogram.com
DT&T Na Program School 148 Southwest 153rd ST Suite 201Burien, WA 98166 (206) 375- 7243 http://www.dttcnat.com
Evergreen Nursing School 12729 Northup Way, Suite 3Bellevue, WA 98005 (425) 449-8229 (425) 458-9044 http://evergreennursingschool.org
Nursing Assistant Program Institute 18336 Aurora Avenue North, #102Shoreline, WA 98133 (206) 546-1120 http://naprogram.net/
Royal College Of Medical Program 1035 Andover Park West,Suite 210,Tukwila, WA 98188 (206) 575-7961 http://www.royalcollegeusa.com
Seni Nursing Assistant Program Center 3220 Rainier Avenue South,Seattle, WA 98144 (206) 214 7232, (206)-261-1329 (206) 725-1295 http://www.snatcenter.com
Olympic College 1600 Chester Avenue, Bremerton, WA 98337-1699 (360) 792-6050 http://www.olympic.edu
West Sound Vocational Skills Center 101 National Avenue NorthBremerton, Washington 98312 (360) 473-0550 (360)-478-5090 http://www.bremertonschools.org/wstsc
Bremerton Health And Rehabilitation 2701 Clare Avenue,Bremerton, WA 98310 (360) 377-3951 (360) 377-5443 http://www.bremertonskillednursing.com
Life Care Center Of Port Orchard 2031 Pottery Avenue, Port Orchard, WA 98366 (360) 876-8035 (360) 895-0975 http://lifecarecenterofportorchard.com
Martha & Mary Health And Rehab 19160 Front Street Northeast, Poulsbo, WA 98370 (360) 779-7500 http://www.marthaandmary.org
Messenger House Care Center 10861 Northeast Manitou Park Boulevard,Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 (206) 842-2654 http://www.messengerhousecare.com
Centralia College 600 Centralia College Boulevard, Centralia WA 98531 (360) 736-9391 http://www.centralia.edu
Odessa Memorial Hospital PO Box 368 502 East Amende Drive,Odessa, WA 99159 (509) 982-2611 http://www.omhc.org
Fir Lane Health & Rehabilitation Center 2430 North 13th Street,Shelton, WA 98584 (360) 426-1651 (360) 426-2140 http://www.extendicareus.com/firlane
Shelton Health And Rehabilitation Center 153 Johns CourtShelton, WA 98584 (360) 427-2575 (360) 427-2563 http://sheltonhealthandrehab.com
Wentachee Valley College – Omak Campus 1300 Fifth Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801 (509) 682-6800 https://www.wvc.edu
Harmony House Health Care Center P.O. Box 829 100 River Plaza, Brewster, WA 98812-0829 (509) 689-2546 (509) 689-3350 http://harmonyhousehcc.com
Clover Park Technical College 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest,Lakewood, WA 98499-4004 (253) 589-5800 http://www.cptc.edu
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom 9401 Farwest Drive SouthwestLakewood, Washington 98498 (253) 964-6500 http://www.piercecollege.edu
Tacoma Community College 6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, Washington 98466 (253) 566-5000 http://www.tacomacc.edu
Clover Park High School 10903 Gravelly Lake Drive southwest Lakewood, WA-98499 (253) 583-5000 http://www.cloverpark.k12.wa.us
Pierce County Skills Center 16117 Canyon Road East,Puyallup WA 98375 (253) 683-5950 (253) 683-5998 http://www.pcskillscenter.org
Life Care Center Of Puyallup 511 10th Avenue Southeast, Puyallup, WA 98372 (253) 845-7566 (253) 845-3386 http://lifecarecenterofpuyallup.com
WMG Healthcare 5007 Pacific Highway East #18Fife, WA 98424 (253) 922-9999 (253) 922-8552 http://wmghealthcare.com
Life Care Of San Juan Island 660 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 (360) 378-2117 (360) 378-5700 http://lifecarecenterofthesanjuanislands.com
Life Care Center Of Skagit Valley 1462 West SR-20, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 (360) 856-6867 (360) 856-2526 http://lifecarecenterofskagitvalley.com
Life Care Of Mt. Vernon 2120 East Division Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 (360) 424-4258 (360) 428-5825 http://lifecarecenterofmountvernon.com
Edmonds Community College 20000 68th Avenue West, Lynnwood, WA 98036 (425) 640-1459 http://www.edcc.edu
Everett Community College 2000 Tower StreetEverett, WA 98201 (425) 388-9100 http://www.everettcc.edu
Edmonds-Woodway High School 7600 212th Street Southwest,Edmonds, WA 98026 (425) 431-7900 (425) 431-7929 http://www.edmonds.wednet.edu
Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center 9001 Airport RoadEverett, WA 98204 (425) 348-2220 (425) 356-2201 http://www.snoisletech.com
Bethany Of The Northwest 916 Pacific Avenue, 4th Floor, Everett, WA 98201 (425) 259-5508 http://bethanynw.org
Josephine Sunset Home 9901 272nd Place Northwest,Stanwood, WA 98292 (360) 629-2126 http://www.josephinenet.com
Caregiver Tech 15125 Highway 99,Lynnwood, WA 98087 (425) 775-2676 (425) 484-2222 http://www.caregivertechnical.com
MEDPREP Vocational Program Center 1830 Broadway, Everett, WA 98201 (425) 257-9888 (425) 252-9948 http://medprep.com
NAC Essential Prep  2937 Broadway, Everett, WA 98201 (425) 252-3239 http://www.naceprep.com
Westfield Nursing Assistant Program Institute 5031 168th Street Southwest, Suite 150,Lynnwood, WA 98037 (425) 772-9182 http://westfieldcna.com
North Central Care Center 1812 North Wall Street,Spokane, WA 99205 (509) 328-6030 http://www.hyattfamilyfacilities.com
Aging and Long Term Care Eastern Washington 1222 North Post Spokane, WA 99201-2518 (509) 458-2509 (509) 458-2003 http://www.altcew.org
South Puget Sound Community College 2011 Mottman Road Southwest, Olympia, WA 98512 (360) 754-7711 http://www.spscc.ctc.edu
ProCare Academy of Washington 3825 Martin Way East, Suite 106Olympia, WA 98506 (360) 584-9778 http://procareacademy.org
Sea Tech Skills Center 525 Campus LoopWalla Walla, WA 99362 (509) 526-2000 (509) 525-1023 http://www.myseatech.org
Bellingham Technical College 3028 Lindbergh Avenue, Bellingham WA 98225 (360) 752-7000 http://www.btc.ctc.edu
Whatcom Community College 237 West Kellogg Road, Bellingham, WA 98226 (360) 383-3000 http://www.whatcom.ctc.edu
Alderwood Park Health and Rehabilitation 2726 Alderwood Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225 (360) 733-2322 (360) 733-0229 http://www.alderwoodpark.com
Bellingham Health Care and Rehabilitation 1200 Birchwood Avenue,Bellingham, WA 98225 (360) 734-9295 http://www.avamererehabofbellingham.com
Christian Health Care Center 855 Aaron DriveLynden, WA 98264 (360) 354-4434 (360) 354-3768 http://chcclynden.org
Stafholt Good Samaritan Center 456 C Street Blaine, WA 98230 (360) 332-8733 http://www.good-sam.com
Yakima Valley Community College South 16th Avenue & Nob Hill Boulevard,Yakima, WA 98902 (509) 574-4600 http://www.yvcc.edu
Yakima Valley Tech Skills – Sunnyside 1120 South 18th Street,Yakima, WA 98901 (509) 573-5500 (509) 834-2041 http://www.yvtech.us
Crescent Health Care 505 North 40th Avenue,Yakima, WA  98908 (509) 248-4446 (509) 453-2945 http://www.crescentnursingrehab.com
Emerald Care 209 North Ahtanum Avenue,Wapato, WA 98951 (509) 877-3175  (509) 877-6135 http://www.emeraldcare.org
Living Care Retirement Community 3801 Summit view Avenue Yakima, WA 98902 (509) 965-5260 (509) 965-5263 http://www.livingcarecenters.com

Procedure for Applying for State Certification Exam

After you complete a CNA course in Washington, you can apply for state certification exam thrice within 24 months from the course completion date. This exam includes 2 sections: a written test section and clinical skills evaluation test section. Written test consists of 70 multiple choice questions, which must be completed within 2 hours. These questions generally focus on evaluating conceptual nursing understanding. Though this test can be taken orally, it must be mentioned in the examination application form. Cassette (including questions), cassette player, and earphones are provided for this test. Split between two parts, the first part of oral test requires you to solve 60 multiple choice questions, while the second part focuses on testing the word-recognition skills (based on universally used nursing-related English words), which includes 10 multiple choice questions. During the latter part, repetition of each word is made twice, while questions are repeated once during the former part. Consequently, candidates answer the questions in the answer booklet after listening to them. Skills test requires candidates to perform any 5 skills, meant to evaluate their clinical hands-on skills. A proctor arbitrarily selects and assigns any 5 skills, out of which one is hand washing (will be there for sure), and evaluates their performance. Make sure you perform well in each CNA skill task, as failure in even a single skill will lead to complete failure and retaking that exam will be required. If you excel in both, written test as well as in skills test, you will be listed on the state’s Nurse Aide Registry, thereby achieving a CNA license. If you fail in written test or skills test in first/second try, you will need to retest that part only. Failure in the third attempt will result in retaking the course with state certification exam.

Generally, a candidate is required to renew his/her CNA certificate after every 24 months. This is applicable in almost all states. In order to renew your license, you will need to submit documents related to your employment status, claiming that you have worked for at least 8 hours as a certified nurse aide, performing nursing duties in any facility over that period in Washington. Renewing a license will allow you to continue your employment in that state.

Applying for a certification through reciprocity will require you to collect endorsement application form from Department of Health site. Following points must be proved to transfer to Washington:

  • Valid license (not lapsed/expired) from home state
  • Good reputation in the state
  • Must have completed/passed an approved course and state certification exam
  • Clean criminal record

Submit the application form with the required documents (if asked). CNA Certification Verification will be done and you will be notified about your transfer status. Once you satisfy all the criteria, you will get a license to work as a Certified Nurse Aide in Washington.

Demand for CNAs seems good. Salary made by a Certified Nurse Aide in the state varies between $24,000 and $26,000 annually. Around 22% growth is expected in CNA position in the State, which is great from future perspective. Thus this position in health care sector being so demanding, pursuing nurse aide education will be beneficial for aspirants, making it easier for them to make a rewarding and long-lasting career.

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