Nursing Assistant Program
Nursing Assistant Program Mission
We are committed to:
Preparing students to assist in the
delivery of high quality nursing care
under the direction and supervision
of a licensed nurse for clients in acute
and long-term care settings;
Developing responsible, caring students
who are dedicated to providing
ethically sound care that optimizes
the independence of diverse
clients within the community;
Building student’s academic skills and
confidence while preparing them for
employment within the health care field.
The Olympic College Nursing Assistant Program will prepare students to assist registered nurses or licensed practical nurses in providing basic nursing care for clients in acute and long-term settings. The classes will be geared toward developing basic nursing assistant skills in an applied setting. The training will include learning and refining client care skills, clinical observation, and performing skills in a supervised clinical setting. Instruction will include tools to promote a successful job search and behaviors in the workplace. The Nursing Assistant Program is approved by the Washington Department of Health and the Department of Social and Health Services.
Some Certified Nursing Assistants choose to pursue a career in nursing, using their nursing assistant training as valuable experience in becoming a successful nurse. The majority of nursing assistants find pleasure and reward in serving residents in hospitals and long-term care facilities, and home health settings.
Upon completion of the Nursing Assistant Program, students are eligible to take the state certification exam, which must be passed in order to be certified as a nursing assistant in the State of Washington. Wages depend upon experience and place of employment. Starting wages range from $9.00 to $12.00 per hour.
For further information, contact:
Program Coordinator, Nursing Assistant Program