Nursing Assistant - Certified

Nursing Assistant Certified Program Information

Nursing Assistant Certified  (Traditional and Night & Weekend Programs)

The first phase of the program, the preclinical phase, is made up of classroom lecture, discussion, videos, and projects, seven hours of HIV/AIDS education and certification, CPR/First Aid education and certification. Successful completion of all student work, as well as written and practical exams, will allow a student to move into the clinical experience phase of their training.

The clinical experience phase of the program consists of 60 hours of clinical experience at a healthcare facility working with patients or residents.  During this phase of the program, students will be required to meet a list of clinical objectives for course completion.  Students will be supervised by a Columbia Safety Training Center State approved Licensed Nurse while at the clinical facility.

Upon successful completion of the clinical experience, students will receive a Columbia Safety Training Center certificate of completion and will then be eligible for the Washington State Nursing Assistant Certification Examination. 

Program Overview

The program is divided into three main sections: theory, clinical lab, and the clinical experience.

The total number of hours in each section is:
Theory : 51.5
Clinical Lab: 57
Clinical Experience: 60
Total hours: 168.5

There are 51.5 hours that make up the theory section. These hours are delivered in the classroom through lectures, discussion, videos, and assignments. After passing a written exam the student is able to proceed to the clinical experience.

The second section of the program, clinical lab, prepares students in a simulated lab environment. There will be a minimum of 57 hours of clinical lab skill practice before taking the skills exam, which simulates the NNAAP examination.

The clinical experience is the third section of the program. Formal clinicals are executed in a care facility, clinic, and or hospital. There are 60 hours of clinical experience in the field. This portion of the program is pass/fail.

Entrance/Admission Requirements 

Anyone over 18 years of age can apply for the Nursing Assistant Certified Training Program. You must complete an Student Application and submit it to Columbia Safety Training Center. 

Students must possess a High School Diploma, a General Education Development (GED) Diploma, or pass a graded entrance exam.

Nursing Assistant, Certified Program reviews conviction/criminal history records when considering individual for admission and continuation. These reviews are carried out because they relate to the essential qualifications of potential and continuing students under the Nursing Assistant, Certified Program curriculum standards, as well as to the safety and security of patients and public.

Go to http://www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/crimhist.htm to request a Criminal History report. Print your results. The cost is $12.00 (price may vary) payable  online (requires a credit card).

Must have immunization record from the start of class  (i.e. Tb)

A primary care physician or community health center can provide this service for a fee. The fee will vary depending on the provider.

The registration fee ($100.00) which will be applied to your tuition.

A Completed NAC Application Packet

Columbia Safety Training Center (CSTC) encourages diversity and accepts applications from all minorities. Columbia Safety Training Center (CSTC) does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability. Columbia Safety Training Center (CSTC) acknowledges that information pertaining an applicant’s disability is voluntary and confidential, and will be made on an individual basis. If this information is presented, Columbia Safety Training Center (CSTC) will reasonably attempt to provide an accommodation to overcome the effects of the limitation of the qualified applicant. All inquiries about accommodations should be made to the admissions administrator upon registration of the program; some programs require medical documentation because of the rigors of curriculum.  

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