Learn more about the Nursing Assistant Certified program

Nursing Assistant – Certified (certificate)


Seattle Central offers a Summer Quarter program to train students to become Certified Nursing Assistants (NAC or CNA). This program prepares students for entry level positions in a variety of healthcare settings. Upon completion of the course, successful participants will be able to sit for their NAC exams and obtain certification.


This 14–credit Nursing Assistant Certificate (NAC) Program can be completed in 1 quarter (8 weeks) and includes the following required courses:

  • AHE 111 Nursing Assistant (12 credits)
  • AHE 126 Essential Skills for Healthcare (2 credits)
    Basic Life Support (BLS): CPR/First Aid for Healthcare Providers (American Heart Association)

Learning Outcomes

Certification as a Nursing Assistant will provide knowledge and skills for a professional career in healthcare and in the following areas:

  • Medical terminology
  • Body systems
  • Basic nursing skills
  • Measuring vital signs
  • Personal care skills (including assisting with bathing and grooming)
  • Safety and emergency procedures
  • Infection control procedures
  • Communication skills
  • Patient and resident rights

This program meets the examination requirements as outlined by the State of Washington for Nursing Assistant – Certified (NAC) programs.

Entrance Requirements

If you wish to obtain a Nursing Assistant Certificate, you must meet the following entrance requirements and complete the application process.

  • Eligible for at least ENGL 098 and MATH 087, as demonstrated by the COMPASS Placement Test
  • Pass a criminal background check

How to Get Started

Applications are accepted on a first–come, first–served basis for students who meet the entrance requirements. We begin accepting applications each year in January for our summer quarter program. Follow the steps outlined below to begin your application.

  • Enroll at Seattle Central College online or in the Admissions office (BE1104).
  • Contact an advisor at advisorcentral@seattlecolleges.edu or call 206.934.4068 to make an appointment to review your placement test scores and assess your program eligibility.
  • Apply to the program by completing and submitting the Allied Health application (available from the advisor upon approval) and paying the $35.00 application fee at the Cashier's office.
  • Turn in your approval form, Submit your application and receipt to the Allied Health Division office (HEC 202) via e–mail, fax, mail, or drop off.

After Acceptance Into the Program

Accepted students will be required to attend an orientation in May, and have a physical examination, vaccinations or titers, TB tests and a background check before clinicals.

Contact Information

Allied Health Division
Seattle Central College
1200 12th Ave S, HEC Rm 202
Seattle, WA 98144
206.934.4347 206.934.4347

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