Earn College Credit and an Industry-Recognized Nursing Assistant Certificate

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 finding employment as a Nursing Assistant.

Program Information Eligibility
  • Designed for students who are working on English Language Acquisition (English Level 5+)
  • No High School Diploma necessary
  • 2 quarters long
  • Authorized 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 (515) 984-0834/ estewart@tacomacc.edu) for details about upcoming information sessions with Tacoma Community College.

Or connect with Tacoma Community House Employment Coach: Tiffany MacFarlane (253) 242-3479/ tmacfarlane@tacomacommunityhouse.org

Not required, but helpful to have:

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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) Recommended testing at or above Math 85
  • English (10 credits)
  • HT 110 Fundamentals of Patient Care (5 credits)
  • HT 120 Patient Care Clinical

What 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.

What is the time commitment?
Students in the I-BEST NA-C Program are attending classes full time. Additionally, students must be prepared to complete 88 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.

Is financial assistance available?
Students should have a plan in place for tuition, fees and books. This program is Workforce eligible. To see if you qualify, visit workforce.tacomacc.edu and take the eligibility survey. Financial assistance may be available through Tacoma Community House.