Three young women who are nurses.

Why register for Highline's Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC/CNA) program?  

  • An intense 4-week program that prepares students to take the Washington State licensure exam. If successfully completed you will receive an NAC Certificate of Completion.
  • Over half of our students qualify for funding (see below for more details).
  • We are an approved testing site. You have the option to take the state test in a classroom space that you are already familiar and comfortable in.
  • We now have a brand new, state-of-the-art, Allied Health Academy building where the NAC lab is located.
  • While Highline College does not provide job placement, our Career and Student Employment department offers assistance with career exploration, job searches, on-campus employment, resume writing, career events and more.
  • Becoming a certified NAC/CNA is a great entry-level position into the medical field.  According to Emsi labor market analytics, the average hourly wage for a starting certified NAC/CNA position in the King County area is between $16-$19 an hour.
Spring Session 1
Spring Session 2
Spring Session 1: Application Here
Spring Session 2: Application Here
Application Deadlines:
-WES Funded Students: Monday March 23rd
-TANF/WorkFirst Students: Call 206-592-3340
-Self-Pay Students: Thursday March 26th
Application Deadlines:
-WES Funded Students: Monday May 4th
-TANF/WorkFirst Students: Call 206-592-3340
-Self-Pay Students: Thursday May 7th

Classroom Theory
Classroom Theory
Class Dates: March 30th - April 16th
Class Time: 8A - 1:30pm (Mon-Th.)
Class Dates: May 11th - May 29th
Class Time: 4p - 9:30pm (Mon-Th.)
  No class Monday May 25th, make up class on Friday May 29th

Onsite Clinical
Onsite Clinical
(10 students go the 1st week/10 students go the 2nd week)
Clinical Dates: April 20th- April 24th (Mon-Fri)
Clinical Time: 6:00am-2:30pm
Clinical Dates: April 27th - May 1st (Mon-Fri)
Clinical Time: 6:00am-2:30pm
(10 students go the 1st week/10 students go the 2nd week)
Clinical Dates: June 1st- June 5th (Mon-Fri)
Clinical Time: 2:00pm-10:30pm
Clinical Dates: June 8th - June 12th (Mon-Fri)
Clinical Time: 2:00pm-10:30pm 

Enrollment Options
Option #1
Option #2
Option #3
Tuition: $590.00
Tuition: $799.00
Tuition: $980.82*
  • Non-Credit 

  • Certificate of Completion

  • No State Test Fees

  • Non-Credit
  • Certificate of Completion 

  • Includes State Testing Fees
  • Certificate of Completion

  • 7 College Credits 
*tuition price may vary based on Admission status

  • Includes State Testing Fees
Additional Fees Include:

Additional Fees Include:
Additional Fees Include:

  • $59.00 for medical & liability insurance, nursing supply fee, and building fee.

  • $59.00 for medical & liability insurance, nursing supply fee, and building fee.

  • $59.00 for medical & liability insurance, nursing supply fee, processing fee and building fee. Additional processing fee of $18.35 will be assessed.

Ideal for students entering the workforce, or applying to a Nursing Program

Ideal for students entering the workforce or wanting to obtain a job working in this field 
Ideal for students who need the elective college credits and/or for students who are receiving funding assistance 
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Funding Assistance

The NAC/CNA Certificate Training Program does not qualify for traditional Financial Aid. Review the attachment Funding Steps for step-by-step instructions to see if you qualify for funding.  It is quick and easy.  Doesn't matter if you are already working, you may still qualify.

Workforce Education Services (WES)  (Building 1)-- (206) 592-3802

Women’s Programs and WorkFirst Services – (Building 6)-- (206) 592-3340 

Certificate of Completion

Nurse Working

In order to be eligible for state certification exam, you  must have completed and passed (with an 80% score) the NAC/CNA Certificate Training Program class at Highline College. For more information about certification, check the website at: Pearson Vue.


One of the key components of Highline's NAC/CNA Training Program is the clinical experience. Students will complete 10 hours of in class lab time and 40 hours of clinical time. During the clinical, students apply theory learned in the classroom to practice in a clinical setting, which results in 50 hours of "hands-on" experience.  Our current clinical location is held at Judson Park, just minutes away from Highline College.


  • Clinical sites will accept placement of only those students who are insured against malpractice liability for actions or in-actions occurring in the clinical setting.   
  • Students participating in the clinical education program will be  covered either by a student medical malpractice policy offered  through the College, or acquired by the student through another  source.  
  • The limits of such coverage shall be, at a minimum, $1,000,000 per occurrence.  
  • Certificates of such coverage purchased by the student will be provided to the clinical site upon request. Should any student lack adequate proof of insurance, the clinical site can refuse to accept the student for placement.
  • The clinical site will perform an independent background check on all students.  The clinical site reserves the right to prohibit any student from participating in clinicals.

Application Steps

Below are the application steps for the NAC/CNA program:

  • Complete the attached NAC/CNA application.
  • Provide evidence of a negative Tuberculosis (TB) reading (within the past year) or current x-ray/symptom check (within the past 2 years).
  • All application materials must be submitted to the Continuing Education office in Building 99, room 101 Incomplete or illegible applications will not be considered.  A reading/math assessment will be administered upon application submission.
  • Provide payment in full for the course.  If you are receiving funding, you will be required to submit a letter or email from the funding source stating you have been approved for tuition assistance.

Criminal Background Check

If you have questions about the types of convictions that would exclude you from the program, call Washington State Patrol customer service at (360) 705-5100 or check the list online at click here. Clinical sites will perform an national background check that includes any previous addresses within the last 3 years. 

State Testing Information

Nurse working at a computer

Highline College’s NAC/CNA Certificate Training Program is now an approved In-Facility Testing Site. Students who choose the enrollment option with state test and DOH application fees will be eligible to take the Washington State Nurse Aide Exam at Highline College. If you pass the test successfully, you will be considered “certified”.  The instructor will discuss this process during week three of class.  As of 02/18/2020, current prices are: $85 DOH Application; $124 State Testing.

Additional Fees & Required Supplies:

  • Immunizations: TB testing (within the past year) or current chest x-ray/symptom check (within the past 2 years) must be turned in with application packet.
  • Parking Permit: $2.00 daily parking passes.  **Must be purchased daily.  Purchases can be made at the parking pay stations located in the south and east parking lots.  For more information, please visit the Public Safety website.
  • Required Supplies:  NAC Supplies List

Available Course(s)

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