Degrees & Classes

Degrees & Classes

Nursing Assistant

Nursing Assistant Certificate

Choose BTC’s Nursing Assistant program to train for nursing assistant jobs in a wide variety of medical settings. The knowledge and skills you’ll gain are highly valued by health care industry employers such as hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and home health agencies.


The Nursing Assistant program at Bellingham Technical College is approved by the State of Washington, Department of Health, Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.


Students who complete the Nursing Assistant program will be eligible to take their state certification exam.

Employment Information

$24,835 starting annual wage

$29,016 average annual wage

$34,590 potential annual wage

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Jobs & Employment

Employment of nursing assistants is expected to increase. Employment of nursing assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations in response to an emphasis on rehabilitation and the long-term care needs of a rapidly aging population.

The average annual wage in this field is, $29,016 with an earning potential of about $34,590 per year.*

*Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as nursing assistants in extended care facilities, hospitals, clinics and home health agencies. Others work in residential care facilities, such as halfway houses and homes for the elderly or disabled, or in private households. Nationally, about one-half of all nursing assistants work in nursing homes, and about one-fourth work in hospitals.


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Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog



Entry Information

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When Can I Start?

Students are admitted in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters on a space available basis.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?

  • ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension: Test Score of 50 or higher OR Essential Reading (ABE 054) with a C or better
  • ACCUPLACER Arithmetic: Test score of 38 or higher OR Basic Math (ABE 050) with a C or better

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • There are no pre-program requirements, Healthcare Provider CPR and HIV may be taken before the program starts but this is not required.

Program Application/Forms

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What Are My Next Steps?

  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate clinical competencies defined in WAC 246-841
  • Identify and apply nursing knowledge necessary in the nursing assistant role

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Roxanne Telling

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