Degrees & Classes

Degrees & Classes

Nursing Assistant

Nursing Assistant Certificate

Nursing Assistants are in high demand by employers in Whatcom County!

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 healthcare industry employers such as hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and home health agencies.


Nursing Assistant training meets the Healthcare Experience requirement for entry into the BTC Registered Nursing Program.


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 exams.

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

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?

Nursing Assistant Program Information Sheet

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

Register now for Fall Quarter 2018!

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 (HO 127) and 7 hour HIV/AIDS Education (HLTH 133) may be taken before the program starts but this is not required.

Program Application/Forms

  • Criminal History Background Check Notification Form
  • $12 Payment for the Criminal Background Check Processing Fee
  • Documentation of a two-step tuberculin skin test (TB) completed within the last year. TB must be current through Nursing Assistant enrollment. This may be completed while starting the program (not an entry requirement, but encouraged to get started before starting the program)
  • Student Tuberculosis (TB) Test Form
  • Official transcripts documenting prerequisite completion (if applicable).

Other Application Forms

What Are My Next Steps?

  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Meet with Nursing Student Navigator, Jennifer Tachiyama, for advising. Contact her at or 360-752-8345 to make an appointment.
  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

Area of Instruction


Contact Info
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Nursing Assistant Instructor...

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Jennifer Tachiyama

Area of Instruction

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

Contact Info

360 752-8481
H Building (H) - Room H20



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

Master of Education

Bachelor of Science – Mathematics


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

      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