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Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC)

Our Nursing Assistant Certified Program

Prepares students to work under the direction of registered nurses & licensed practical nurses

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The Industry

Increasing numbers of baby boomers are reaching retirement age and with ever-increasing technological advancements in health care, more and more people are living

longer. This means an increase in the need for quality health care, which has generated an increase in the demand for Nursing Assistants Certified (NAC). This is a field that is expected to grow by 21 percent by 2020. NACs have a medium annual income of $24,400 and most positions come with medical and retirement benefits.

Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) — 9 credits

This comprehensive, short-term training course provides basic awareness of the role of the nursing assistant in nursing care and skill development in the several facets of that care. NACs are qualified to work under the direction of registered nurses and licensed practical nurses and assist in the care of clients in hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes. Instruction includes maintaining a safe environment for the client, restorative care, communicating with clients, and basic concepts of care. Upon successful completion, certifications included are: American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Card, HIV/Aids Certification, Nursing Assistant Registered and Nursing Assistant Certified. The NAC program runs approximately one college quarter and is offered both day and night each quarter during the academic year.

This course is approved and certified by both the Washington State Department of Health and Department of Social and Health Services. Upon successful completion of our Nursing Assistant Certified training program, students are eligible to take the National Nursing Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam and to become licensed in Washington state.

Career Opportunities

Is the Nursing Assistant Certified program right for you?

If you are looking for a career in the health care industry, becoming a Nursing Assistant Certified is a great way to start! Centralia College offers both day and evening classes, and supplemental certification is frequently required for employment.

Common tasks of an NAC:

  • Turn and reposition bedridden clients, alone or with assistance, to prevent bedsores
  • Answer clients call signals
  • Feed clients who are unable to feed themselves
  • Observe clients conditions, measuring and recording food and liquid intake and output, vital signs and report changes to professional staff
  • Provide clients with help walking, exercising, and moving in and out of bed
  • Bathe, groom, shave, dress, and/or drape clients to prepare them for surgery, treatment, or examination
  • Collect specimens such as urine, feces, or sputum
  • Prepare, serve and collect food trays
  • Clean rooms and change linens

Occupational Outlook, Job and Salary Statistics

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to apply to enter the program?
No, there is no application to enter this program. You do not need to attend academic advising, nor do you need to take any placement tests, unless you are pursuing further education into the Registered Nursing (RN) program. Once registration opens, you need to register for the class schedule that works best for you. Our classes often fill up quickly after registration opens. Be sure that you are ready to register on the correct day and at the right time.

Are there any prerequisites?
There are no prerequisites for the NAC program.

Do I need a diploma or GED to take the program?
No, neither is required to enter the NAC program. However, it may help you be more competitive in the job market.

The class I want to take is full. Can I be added to an interest list?
Yes, you can call the Workforce Education Office to be placed on an interest list. We call students on a first-come, first-served basis from the interest list if an opening occurs. An opening may occur on the first day of class, so students need to be prepared to register, pay and attend class the next day after being offered the opening. Students will not be added after the third class day.

Do you offer online classes?
No, we do not offer online classes for the NAC program. This program is a combined lecture and skills course, requiring students to be present in the classroom and learning lab.

Will you help me find a job after I complete the program?
No, we do not offer job placement for our students, and we also do not have job placement rates for our students. However, some students do get hired at our clinical facilities. Many other facilities in the area express interest in our students. A job posting board is located in the Technology Center, room 114.

How much can I expect to earn as an NAC?
Entry-level NACs can expect to earn between $10 and $15 an hour, depending upon prior work experience, employer, and clinical experience. You can find out more about current wages in your area by going to the WOIS website:

Is there tuition assistance available for the NAC program?
Yes, students can apply for financial aid and explore grant availability by visiting the Centralia College Financial Aid Web page at:

What does the NAC program cost? (Estimated): Please contact admissions for current costs.
$1245 Tuition and Fees – NAC program 9 credits
$49 Textbook - CC Bookstore:
$110 NNAAP State Certification Test
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The U.S. Education Department's Gainful Employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information to students and prospective students. For gainful employment information please click "here".

What is the minimum age for this program?
We do not recommend this program for anyone under the age of 17. Most nursing facilities only hire NACs who are 17-years old or older.

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