CNA Classes in Washington

Enrollment is now open for CNA classes in Washington. In as few as 6 weeks, you can start a stable, rewarding career in healthcare by completing any program accredited by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

The following programs in Washington State are currently accepting new nurse aide candidates for the upcoming semester.

Name City Type Graduation Rate
Green River Community College Auburn 2-year, Public 36%
Bellevue College Bellevue 4-year, primarily associate’s, Public 24%
Bellingham Technical College Bellingham 2-year, Public 42%
Olympic College Bremerton 4-year, primarily associate’s, Public 22%
Centralia College Centralia 4-year, primarily associate’s, Public 41%
Highline Community College Des Moines 2-year, Public 32%
Everett Community College Everett 2-year, Public 26%
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Kirkland 4-year, primarily associate’s, Public 20%
Clover Park Technical College Lakewood 2-year, Public 36%
Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom Lakewood 2-year, Public 20%
Lower Columbia College Longview 2-year, Public 30%
Edmonds Community College Lynnwood 2-year, Public 27%
Big Bend Community College Moses Lake 2-year, Public 33%
South Puget Sound Community College Olympia 2-year, Public 29%
Columbia Basin College Pasco 4-year, primarily associate’s, Public 26%
Peninsula College Port Angeles 4-year, primarily associate’s, Public 28%
Pierce College at Puyallup Puyallup 2-year, Public 20%
Renton Technical College Renton 2-year, Public 61%
Seattle Community College-North Campus Seattle 4-year, primarily associate’s, Public 25%
Seattle Community College-South Campus Seattle 4-year, primarily associate’s, Public 29%
Shoreline Community College Shoreline 2-year, Public 26%
Bates Technical College Tacoma 2-year, Public 65%
Tacoma Community College Tacoma 2-year, Public 27%
Clark College Vancouver 2-year, Public 24%
Walla Walla Community College Walla Walla 2-year, Public 37%
Wenatchee Valley College Wenatchee 2-year, Public 27%
Yakima Valley Community College Yakima 2-year, Public 25%

The outlook for new nursing aide positions continues to improve as demand rises through 2020. Current projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics identify the CNA profession as being well above the average for all occupations in the state.

State 2010 2020 Percent Change Projected Job Openings
Washington 24,910 29,970 860 20%

*Reflects Projected Year Job Openings

Source: Employment Security Department Projections

The 2012 median salary for Certified Nursing Assistants, as reported by O*Net, is also strong for professions not requiring a college degree.

Pay Type Bottom 10% 25% Median 75% Top 10%
Hourly $10.10 $11.31 $13.43 $16.00 $18.21
Yearly $21,000 $23,500 $27,900 $33,300 $38,000

Source: Employment Security Department Wages

Earning your certification and becoming eligible to work in Washington State requires students to first complete the following three steps:

  1. Pass a course approved by the aforementioned Department of Social and Health Services
  2. Successfully pass the Washington CNA exam from Pearson within 24 months of completing your training program
  3. Become listed in the Washington Nurse Aide Registry
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