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NURSING ASSISTANT - CERTIFIED (CNA) / Acute Care Nursing Assistant

NURSING ASSISTANT - CERTIFIED (CNA)

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) represent an essential part of the patient-care team. In assisting the medical staff, CNAs provide physical care for patients and emotional and spiritual support, truly making a difference in the lives of patients and families. CNAs are also the eyes and ears of the clinical staff, observing their patients carefully and ensuring the healthcare team knows of any changes.

The CNA works in hospitals and nursing homes with patients and provides assistance with daily tasks such as dressing, bathing, feeding, toileting, vital signs, catheter care, bed making, etc.

We offer entry into the nursing assistant role with the Nursing Assistant Certified Certificate of Completion and an opportunity to upgrade your skills with the Acute Care Nursing Assistant Certificate.

Upon completing AHE 162 and AHE 164, students will be eligible to take the state certification exam and earn the Nursing Assistant Certified certification through the Washington State Department of Health.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nursing assistants and orderlies grew 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed in long-term care facilities.

Pay varies by experience, employer, and locality. For currently available  jobs and pay information in Washington, visit www.washingtonhealthcarecareers.com.

Academic Planning

The Nursing Assistant - Certified (CNA)  Certificate of Completion (COC) is a total of 8 credits that can be completed in one quarter.  Students must be aware that there are prerequisite classes that must be completed before they can begin the nursing assistant classes, which may add additional time to complete this COC. 

Students with previous healthcare experience or education may be able to waive some or all of the prerequisites. Please consult with an advisor for more information.

Prerequisites

Course Title  Credits
AHE 110 Human Body 5
AHE 115 Basic Life Support/CPR  1
AHE 116  Intro to Health Care 4
BSTEC 104   Medical Terminology 3
SHS 170   HIV/AIDS 1

Quarter 1

Course Title Credits
AHE 162  Basic Patient Care Skill 6
AHE 164 CNA-Clinical Externship 2

Acute Care Nursing Assistant Certificate

Take the next step and upgrade your skills to work in the acute care environment

The Acute Care Nursing Assistant certificate prepares you to function as a CNA in acute care settings, including hospitals and sub-acute facilities, under the supervision of a registered nurse.  

We provide training in all client care aspects necessary to obtain the WA state Nursing Assistant Certified certification. Additional classroom and clinical coursework in skills such as point-of-care testing, glucose monitoring, and wound care will prepare you to provide high-quality care in an acute setting.  Clinical rotations in specialized areas such as medical/surgical areas and orthopedics are completed at the end of the Acute Care Nursing Assistant course.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed in long-term care facilities.

Pay varies by experience, employer, and locality. For currently available jobs and pay information in Washington, visit www.washingtonhealthcarecareers.com.

Academic Planning

The Nursing Assistant - Certified (CNA)  Certificate of Completion (COC) is a total of 8 credits that can be completed in one quarter.  Students must be aware that there are prerequisite classes that must be completed before they can begin the nursing assistant classes, which may add additional time to complete this COC. 

Students with previous healthcare experience or education may be able to waive some or all of the prerequisites. Please consult with an advisor for more information.

Quarter 1

Course Title Credits
AHE 110 Human Body 5
AHE 115 Basic Life Support/CPR 1
AHE 116 Intro to Health Care 4
BSTEC 104 Medical Terminology 3
SHE 170 HIV/AIDS 1

Quarter 2

Course Title Credits
AHE 162 Basic Patient Care Skill 6
AHE 164 CNA-Clinical Externship 2

Quarter 3

Course Title Credits
AHE 130 Acute Care Nurse Assisting 3
AHE 131 Acute Care Nursing Externship 1

Clinical Experiences/Externship Requirements 

Participation in a clinical experience requires proof of vaccination for common infectious diseases including influenza and COVID-19. The Clinical Passport outlines the immunization requirements, please download a copy and keep it in a safe place. The CPNW-Clinical Passport Tutorial provides an overview of each document section and will take about 30 minutes to complete. If you have additional questions after completing the tutorial, please contact an Allied Health faculty advisor.

Background checks are also required to participate in clinical externships and must be completed before registering for a clinical externship class. A list of Disqualifying Crimes and Negative Actions is provided by the DSHS Secretary. If you have any concerns, please contact an Allied Faculty advisor.

All immunization and criminal background checks for allied health programs go through our online databank system CastleBranch. To place an order, enter package code EE78. The cost is $96.

Advising

For program information and questions, please contact our Nursing Assistant  program advisors:

Terri Glazewski | terri.glazewski@edmonds.edu | 425 640 1691

Next steps: Certificates, AAS-T and BAS degrees

If you wish to continue your studies in healthcare you may apply the Nursing Assistant and Acute Care Nursing Assistant coursework towards additional Allied Health certificates, our Allied Health  associate degree, and our Integrated Healthcare Management Bachelor of Applied Science degree: 

Nursing Assistants interested in the next steps along the nursing pathway should consider the following certificates and degrees: 

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