Nursing Assistant - Certified

Nursing assistants work in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, retirement or assisted living facilities, adult family homes, and in-home health care. They help provide quality healthcare and assist nurses in their work. The Nursing Assistant program prepares students to earn their certification and work in a healthcare setting. It is also the first rung of the career ladder for students to become Licensed Practical or Registered Nurses. Students in this program will learn about patients' rights, basic bedside nursing skills, patient/personal safety, and HIPAA education. Students will practice their skills in acute hospitals and/or skilled nursing facilities.

Program Map: Guide to program costs, careers, and classes.

Enrollment Points: Day section enrollment occurs twice per quarter.

Nursing assistants

Certificate of Completion
5 weeks
5 Credits
Associate of Applied Science
AAS - Transfer
Bachelor of Applied Science

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Median Salary
Projected Growth
Annual Job Openings

These amounts are based on median entry level wages, they are estimates and are not guarantees. For more information, visit


At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

Federal aid is available for most students to help pay for school. Fill out your FAFSA now to get started.


The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Please see the online class schedule for day & time information.

Jean Burdick

Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Nursing Assistant Program, a prospective student must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum age: 16 years at time of enrollment
  • English Fluency (verbal and written)

Upon invitation and acceptance to the Nursing Assistant Program, students must provide a Washington State Patrol Criminal History Report.

Screening and Tracking Requirements

After invitation to the program, students must meet vaccination and program-specific health requirements in compliance with the Center for Disease Control Healthcare Provider immunization guidelines, including the submission of original lab results, x-ray reports, and immunization records, which must be dated and signed by their healthcare provider.

Immunization Timeline Table

*Vaccinations must be current while on externships

  • Tuberculosis 2 step test or negative QuantiFERON test
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Saving Provider card
  • Current seasonal Influenza vaccine
  • Current background check through the Washington State Patrol Criminal History Report
  • Personal health insurance upon entry and for the duration of the program
    • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds and to reach overhead
    • Ability to stand or walk for long periods
    • Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Must meet any additional requirements by the Clinical Placement site which may vary depending on the site

Bridge to Health and Human Services

Are you new to health care? Please consider taking our Bridge to Health and Human Services class to help you set up for success! You will get an introduction to subjects taught in health care programs, learn about different medical careers, learn about background check and immunization requirements, as well as information about how to pay for the program and the steps to register. Check out the flyer here. Email or talk to an entry advisor to register!

UPDATE: All healthcare students who have clinical rotations, externships and internships must follow the vaccination requirements of the healthcare institution where they will be working-i.e., must be fully vaccinated or have an exemption prior to their clinical rotation, externship or internship experience. Read the latest COVID-19 Allied Health Policy.

Course Information

Course # Course Title Crs
NA 101 Fundamentals/Skills for Nursing Assistant 3
NA 131 Nursing Assistant Practicum 2
  Total 5

Program Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Nursing Assistant Program:

  • Provide safe and competent care to patients/clients/residents and families utilizing current standards of practice in client/patient care;
  • Provide competent nursing assistant care within the legal and ethical standards of practice;
  • Employ culturally sensitive and therapeutic communication skills with patients/clients/residents and families;
  • Practice professional behaviors of collaboration, advocacy, maintaining  of on-going knowledge base, and evaluation of own practice;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking throughout the client care processes.


None required.

RTC Nursing Assistant Program is approved by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Washington State Board of Nursing (WABON).


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