I-BEST Nursing Assistant Program

Earn college credit and an industry-recognized certificate while exploring healthcare careers

The demand for certified Nursing Assistants has grown significantly in Washington State. Tacoma Community College and Tacoma Community House are partnered to assist you in obtaining your Nursing Assistant Certification and securing employment as a Nursing Assistant.

Program Information: Eligibility:
  • Designed for students who are working on English Language Acquisition (ESL Level 5+)
  • No High School Diploma necessary
  • 2 quarters long
  • Ability to work in the United States
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check
  • Current immunizations

How to Get Started

Contact NA-C advisor Elizabeth Stewart (253-460-4453 / estewart@tacomacc.edu) for details about upcoming information sessions at Tacoma Community College.

Bring with you:

  • Picture ID
  • Social security card
  • Current immunization record
  • Health insurance card
  • Pay stub
  • DSHS award letter (medical, cash, or food benefits)

Additional Information

What is I-BEST?
I-BEST uses a team-teaching approach. Students work with two teachers in the classroom: one provides job-training and the other teaches basic skills in reading, math or English language. Students get the help they need while studying in the career field of their choice; they learn by doing. Our faculty and staff are available to support you every step of the way!

What classes will I take?

Quarter 1 Quarter 2
  • English (10 credits)
  • HT 198 Intro to Health Careers (3 credits)
  • Math (5 credits)
  • English (10 credits)
  • HT 110 Fundamentals of Patient Care (5 credits)
  • HT 120 Clinical Care

Important Things to ConsiderWhat tests do I need to take?
Students take the CASAS assessment in both Reading and Math. In addition, students complete a writing sample. Entrance to the program is based on test scores and writing sample.

Students in the I-BEST NA-C Program are attending classes full time. Additionally, students must be prepared to complete 99 hours of clinical time during Quarter 2 of the program. Students will be working 10 hour days at the clinical site to meet the hours requirement.

Funding
Students should have a plan in place for tuition, fees and books. This program is Workforce eligible. To see if you qualify, visit workforce.tacoma.edu and take the eligibility survey. Financial assistance is also available through Tacoma Community House. Contact Stephanie Hopkins for more information: SHopkins@TacomaCommunityHouse.org


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Stephanie Hopkins, Employment Case Manager
shopkins@tacomacommunityhouse.org
(253) 383-3951