Nursing Assistant - Certified

Note: We are making changes to the Nursing Assistant program and you will not be able to start this program in the fall (September). Please check back later for additional updates regarding winter and spring quarter. 

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 and HIV/AIDS 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. Evening section enrollment is once per quarter.

Nursing assistants

Certificate of Completion
5 weeks
10 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, Rajwinder Kaur

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 confirmation of an account established with and pass a nationwide criminal background check (Crimes Against Persons list).

  • Castlebranch website
  • Package code: RR75na
  • Cost: $106 (do not create an account prior to invitation and registration to the program)

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

  • Annual Tuberculosis skin test
  • Annual seasonal Influenza vaccine
  • Annual background-check through
  • Personal health insurance upon entry and for the duration of the program
  • Current (within one year) physical evaluation by a physician or nurse practitioner to ensure student and patient safety. The evaluation should address the following areas in respect to the student's ability to perform the laboratory skills and clinical responsibilities related to becoming a Nursing Assistant:
    • 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
HLTH 100 Tools for Success 2
NA 101 Fundamentals of Nursing Assistant 2
NA 103 Basic Technical Skills 2
NA 105 Principles of A&P, Restorative Care, and  
    Related Procedures 2
NA 131 Nursing Assistant Practicum 2
  Total 10

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.


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