Nursing Assistant – Certified

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  • Credits to complete: 12.0
  • Estimated program length in quarters: Full Time - 1

About the Program

We operate a hybrid Nursing Assistant Program through Seattle Central Campus. Theory is offered remotely, with lab operations located at the South Seattle College Campus. Sites in the Seattle area vary for the clinical course component which occurs at the end of the quarter.

In just one quarter, Seattle Central College's Certified Nursing Assistant (NAC or CNA) program prepares you for entry-level positions in a variety of healthcare settings. This program will give you the training you need to start a career in the nursing field and help you to take the next step in your nursing education.

Nursing Assistant student studying

In-Demand Skills

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

Program Approval & Accreditations

The program is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.

Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission 
310 Israel Rd. 
Tumwater, WA 98501

In addition, the program holds continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. 
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 
Atlanta, Georgia 30326 
404.975.5000 (phone)

Seattle Central College's Nursing Assistant program is intended to meet the educational requirements for licensing/certification in the State of Washington only. Seattle Central College has not determined if the Nursing Assistant curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensing/certification in any other state. Additional information about licensure/certification concerns can be found on the NC-SARA webpage. Please contact eLearning with any questions at

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.