This course studies the role of the nursing assistant, which includes basic nursing skills, emergency procedures, and laws and regulations affecting nursing assistants. The course consists of classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences needed to become a nursing assistant. After completing this course, students are eligible to take the Washington State Certificate Exam, making them employable in many settings such as hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities (long term care and rehab), and assisted living facilities. Includes 7 hours of HIV/AIDS healthcare certificate. To meet the hours of education required by the state, attendance for all classes and clinicals is mandatory.
The Peninsula College NAC program is a state-approved training that consists of 54 hours of basic and workplace skills with NAC and caregiving related academics, and 48 hours of practical experience under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be eligible to take the written and practical nursing assistant exam to become certified.
Certified Nursing Assistants are employed in rehabilitation centers, convalescent centers, hospitals, assisted living centers, clinics and home health. An NAC performs resident/patient care activities and related services necessary in caring for the personal needs, safety, and comfort of the resident/patients. Nursing Assistants provide a positive physical, social and psychological environment by following all policies and procedures of the facility.
Certified Nursing Assistant
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- Apply skills and knowledge of high quality nursing assistant care, as a member of a LTC professional team.
- Articulate accurate objective medical information verbally and in writing to other professional team members.
- Demonstrate proficient assistance to a wide variety of residents in a safe, clean environment.
- Create a care environment that encourages independence, while maintaining dignity, for each resident in their care.
- Demonstrate competence with care assistance, and decision making.
- Identify potential hazards and infectious agents to help with facility safety.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the health care system.
- Identify the facility policies and procedures and adhere with high self-expectations and standards.
- Identify healthy care practices for themselves and their families, using the new skills learned in care giving.
- Apply to Peninsula College
(Please see Nursing Assistant Schedule because attendance is mandatory based on state regulations.)
- Download the application (PDF).
Email the completed application to JDotson@pencol.edu or call to make an appointment to submit in person.
Jodi Dotson, MSN, RN
Note: Applicants must follow instructions on Program Acceptance Letter to officially register for the NA program. Official registration into NAC 105 course guarantees being able to take course. Not following instructions on the Program Acceptance letter may result in your ineligibility to continue the program.
Nursing Assistant Schedule
(subject to change)
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