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

79% BTC program graduate employment rate

$26,104 starting annual wage

$30,969 average annual wage

$35,464 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, $30,969 with an earning potential of about $35,464 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.

Courses

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Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS12.5 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • HO 127Healthcare Provider CPR0.5 credits

    This 6-hour basic life-support course is designed for healthcare providers and includes adult one- and two-rescuer CPR, pediatric one-rescuer CPR, and barrier devices. Successful written and mannequin skill evaluation and and attendance at all sessions is required to receive a card.


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    5/7M 4:00p-7:00pMOORE GWaitlisted: 0
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    5/4F12:00p-6:00pJORGENSEN KOpenings: 7
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    6/9Sa 9:00a-2:00pJONES COpenings: 1
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    5/24Th 3:30p-7:30pJONES COpenings: 6
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  • HLTH 133HIV/AIDS: For Healthcare Professional1 credits

    This workshop is designed for the professional needing seven hours of HIV/AIDS education for licensure or professional update. The program utilizes a multi-media approach and meets Washington State certification requirements.


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    5/14-6/15Online WESTER LOpenings: 40
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    5/4F 8:30a-4:30pWESTER LOpenings: 27
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  • NA 101Nursing Assistant Essentials6 credits

    Provide the student an opportunity to study the essential theoretical content necessary to meet the OBRA nursing assistant objectives. Fundamental caregiving skills are taught with an emphasis on safety and activities of daily living. While studying the care necessary for an individual of any age, a primary focus is placed on the care of the elderly, including rehabilitation and death and dying.

    Prerequisite:
    Program admission and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 50 or completion of ABE 054 with a C or better and ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or completion of ABE 050 with a C or better.
  • NA 102Nursing Assistant Clinical5 credits

    During the clinical practicum the student is given the opportunity to put into practice those skills learned in the classroom and lab settings. The clinical experiences include orientation to the extended care facility and a clinical final exam which is conducted in the college lab.

    Prerequisite:
    Program admission and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 50 or completion of ABE 054 with a C or better and ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 38 or completion of ABE 050 with a C or better. Successful completion of HO 127 and HLTH 133.
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS12.5 credits

Program Entry Information

Students are offered enrollment in the Nursing Assistant Program on a space-available basis.

Placement into Program

  • 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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  • Students are admitted in the fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters.

Program Outcomes

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

Roxanne Telling - Instructor image

Roxanne Telling

Area of Instruction


Nursing

Contact Info


rtelling@btc.edu
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Background


Profile
Roxanne has 30 years experience in both long term and acute health care settings. She earned her BSN, including both Would Care and Palliative Care ce...

    • Roxanne has 30 years experience in both long term and acute health care settings. She earned her BSN, including both Would Care and Palliative Care certificates, from the University of Dundee in Scotland.


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Jennifer Tachiyama

Area of Instruction


Nursing Student Navigator – Advising for all Nursing and Pre-Nursing

Contact Info


360 752-8481
Jennifer.tachiyama@btc.edu
H Building (H) - Room H20

 

Background


Profile
Master of Education

Bachelor of Science – Mathematics

I am a dedicated, goal oriented, team player with eight years experience te...

    • Master of Education

      Bachelor of Science – Mathematics

      I am a dedicated, goal oriented, team player with eight years experience teaching and four years teaching Middle School Summer School, three years running an After School Homework Center, and four years as an Accounting Clerk. I have been a Site Team Chair, Mathematics Head Chair, and the Middle School and High School Curriculum Director for Mathematics. I like challenges and finding solutions to them. I thrive on providing excellence in all areas of my job.

      My undergraduate schooling was completed at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama where I earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mathematics and was awarded one of four of the University’s top awards, the George S. Benson Citizenship Award for Outstanding Contribution in Academics and Athletics. I have completed my Master of Education Degree and Teaching Certification in Secondary Education at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington