• Description: 

    The Nursing Assisting program is a one-year course for juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career in health care. The Nursing Assisting program provides core skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level employment in the healthcare field.  During the course, students are introduced to anatomy and physiology, medical vocabulary, and nursing fundamentals. Students earn their Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid cards through the American Heart Association and Certification for the 7 hr. WA State Blood-borne Pathogen training as well as a Certificate of Completion for Applied Medical Sciences program. Students who qualify may apply to take the Washington State Nursing Assistant Certification examination.


    • Learn nurse aide theory, procedures and skills.
    • Learn medical terminology, anatomy and physiology and disease processes. 
    • Direct patient care focusing on infection control and patient safety.
    • Complete an 80 hr clinical rotation providing patient care in a long-term care facility during 2nd semester.*

      tudents must demonstrate proficiency with all 22 Washington State Nurse Assistant skills by end of 1st semester.
      *Students must provide their own transportation to the long-term care facility.

    Video overview of the program

    Any combination equal to 3.0 credits (1.5 max per semester)
    1.0 Anatomy and Physiology (.5 max per semester)
    3.0 Occupational or General Elective (1.5 max per semester)  


    Certification Opportunities: (* indicates a test fee applies)

    • Bloodborne Pathogens (7-hours HIV/AIDS)
    • Healthcare Provider CPR/First Aid *
    • Nursing Assistant-Certified (NA-C) if qualified *
    • Washington State Certificate of Completion (Grade 80% or higher) *

    College Credits Available:
    Spokane Community College

    SURG 105 Blood-borne Pathogens and HIV/AIDS (1 credit)

    Course Prerequisites:

    • Reading proficiency at 11th grade level

    • Must have proof of immunizations including MMR, Hepatitis B series, and an updated Tdap

    • Proof of negative TB test

    • Influenza vaccine

    • COVID-19 vaccine or waiver may be required depending upon clinical site 

    • Excellent high school attendance record

    • Must provide own health insurance to participate in clinical rotation

    • Must provide own transportation and current car insurance to participate in clinicals

    • A successful DHS criminal background screening is required

     Course Syllabus

    Program Uniform Information 

    Class Supplies

    • 3-ring notebook/binder of the students choice
    • College rule notebook paper
    • Blue/black ink pens
    • Pencil
    • Analog watch with a second hand (please do not purchase an expensive watch. Something very basic is sufficient).
    • 1-2 set of designated program scrubs.
    • Comfortable shoes (tennis shoes or any lace up shoes).
    • Food Handlers card. This is the student’s responsibility and can be obtained at the following: Food Worker Card | Washington State Department of Health:  www.foodworkercard.wa.gov. (This will cost the student approximately $10)
    • Copy of proof of immunization record.

    Possible expenses:

    • 2-step TB skin test: $30 if completed at NEWTECH skills center.
    • BLS/CPR card: $6.50
    • Student nametag: $4.50
    • Washington State Nurse Assistant Written examination (in English or Spanish): $55
    • Washington State Nurse Assistant Skills Evaluation: $100 (this is non-refundable. If the student does not pass tests, he/she/they are required to pay the fee again to retake tests).

    Instructor: Michele Perisho MicheleP@spokaneschools.org