Nursing Assistant Training is offered every quarter at Pierce College. This 12 credit course will meet four days a week from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. for the first five weeks. The clinical/patient care portion will be taught in the last 3 to 4 weeks from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Specific days will be determined each quarter. We also provide open labs in the evening so students can practice required skills.
The course cost will range between $1400 and $1500. The student must score an 79 or above on the COMPASS Reading assessment test (administered by the college) and pass a Department of Social and Health Services Criminal Background Check. This occupation requires physical strength and stamina. The student will be expected to lift up to 60 lbs. During the training, each student will be registered with the state as a NAR (Nursing Assistant - Registered).
After satisfactory completion of the course, the student will be eligible to take the Washington State Board NAC Examination, and receive their license as an NAC - Nursing Assistance-Certified.
ABE, GED, and ESL adult learners may qualify for our 2-quarter I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) program. For more information call Ann Hayes-Garcia 253-964-6691. Opportunity Grant funding is also available. Contacts for the Opportunity Grants are Carol Hill 253-964-6577 at Fort Steilacoom and Roxanne Cassidy 253-840-8329 at Puyallup.
Because the NAC class is limited to 10 students, the class fills rapidly. Therefore, a wait list has been established and enrollment is by permission only. Please contact Stania Kasjan 253-840-8355 for more specific information and to be placed on the wait list.
At times our wait list is very long, so we also recommend that you explore other local schools offering NAC classes. They include Bates Technical College, Clover Park Technical College, Olympic College, Renton Technical College, South Puget Sound Community College, Green River Community College and Tacoma Community College.
Nursing Assistant Training is also offered at Medical Training Consultants, Inc. located in Lakewood. Check their website for dates, times, and costs (www.mtci-wa.com). Additional independent private training schools include: Priority Instructional Center (Lakewood), Care Plus Home Health, Inc (Port Orchard), Kamanga NAC Training (DesMoines), Health Professional Institute (Renton), College of Medical Training (Lakewood), and Nursing Assistant Training School (Tukwila).
Local long-term care facilities and convalescent centers may offer free training as a nursing assistant as part of their employee recruitment, but this benefit occurs only when the facility needs new staff. Training begins as soon as you pass the background check to be a "Registered" Nursing Assistant (RNA or NAR). An RN on their staff does the formal classroom training; the required number of clinical training hours is met by working with a preceptor (experienced NAC). Check local newspapers for current opportunities. Be aware that these employers will expect each trainee to work for them for a specified time - especially since they provide the training at no cost and pay the state board testing fee.
Eustenia Kasjan M.A.
Allied Health Manager Nursing Advising/Admissions
Ronda Durano MN, RN
Nursing Program Director
Bebhinn Horrigan MACM
Nursing Program Coordinator
Elizabeth Webber RN, MSN, CCRN
Tiffany Smith MN, RN
Vicki Dickson ARNP, MN
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