A career as a CNA in Washington State can be a good choice if you want to be able to provide basic level care for patients without entering into a more advanced career at this time. You will find that it is necessary to complete a state certified nursing assistant training program and nursing assistant certification test before receiving your full certification. To get free training in Washington, read below:
Search for certified nursing assistant training programs at two –year colleges. The programs for CNAs at these schools are often in the form of a certificate course (often for actual credits). These classes sometimes are eligible for financial aid including state or federal grants and scholarships. Talk to the financial aid office to find out if and how you can apply for assistance.
Take the time to search around for potential free CNA training options if you cannot afford it at present. You might be surprised to find that you do qualify for a lot of them.
Direct Training Options
Free Training From The Job Corps
The Cascades Job Corps Center and the Columbia Basin Center both provide training for free in Washington. While it may be difficult to adjust to the demands of studying in the job corps, it does prepare you better for the rigors you will face when working as a nursing assistant.
Carlyle Care Center
206 S Post St, Spokane, WA 99201, Phone:+1 509-624-1999
If you’re hired as a trainee position to this facility, you will get free training (while getting paid) for the first three weeks and you’ll be expected to pass the state exam. This facility is under the Pioneer Human Services group that contains other nursing homes as well. You can expect to be moved from facility to facility based on staffing needs as is the case with groups like this. Health insurance and other benefits are included.
Our verdict: Solid opportunity! Call them and book and appointment to get started. Best of luck!
Washington State Department of Social and health Services
Attendant Counselor Trainee
They are currently advertising a job listing for a counselor trainee. This position requires you to have a CNA certification within 120 days AFTER you are hired. An attendant counselor does pretty much everything a normal CNA is supposed to do so if this is something that appeals to you we suggest checking this out. Go to www.careers.wa.gov to apply for this position.
Low Cost Training
9116 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, B4 Tacoma, WA 98499 Call: 1-888-960-2553
Considering the cost of normal programs in Washington, Procare’s tution and registration fee of just $675 is pretty reasonable. The training is intense and runs from 9:00 to 4:00 for around 10 days after which you move on to clinicals. You will however need to pay for the gait belt, textbook and scrubs.
Blossom healthcare LLC
8730 S Tacoma Way Suite 102 Lakewood, WA 98499
24860 Pacific Hwy S. Suite 103 Kent, WA 98032
This one is cheaper than the above and has other certifications included. Costing just $555 this fee also includes the text necessary for the theory part. Along with this you also get CPR certification. They are also well connected with local homes and hospitals so getting employment straight after will be relatively easier. You also get a $25 discount when you refer another student to their CNA course.
Divine CNA Training
Phone: (253) 874-0174, 1707 S 341st Place, Unit # D, Federal Way, WA 98003.
Phone: (206) 724-0830, 901 Rainier Ave N, Suite B100, Renton, WA 98057
The cheapest program by far in Washington state. Priced at just $495 this is much lower and also includes book, CPR and HIV certification like the above program. Aside from standard testing there are no minimum requirements.
Nursing Related Grants/Scholarships in Washington
Grays Harbor College – Sharri Faulkner-Boyd and Olivetta Faulkner Nursing Scholarship
The Sharri Faulkner-Boyd and Olivetta Faulkner Nursing Scholarship isn’t necessarily for CNA’s but if you like nursing as a career this might actually allow you to do something so much more! It is offered through
Grays Harbor College Foundation. In order to qualify, the applicant must:
- Be enrolled as a full-time student
- Submit requested essay
- Complete the application themselves
Institutions That Can Help
Spokane Community College
1810 N Greene St, Spokane, WA 99217
Edmonds Community College
20000 68th Avenue W, Lynwood, WA 98036
Nursing homes in Washington that might offer CNA training for free
Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly. This list is a compilation of some of the most highly rated nursing homes in Washington. They do not provide free training, but there’s a tendency for nursing homes to hire trainees for CNA vacancies and then give on the job training.
Buena Vista – 151 Buena Vista Drive Colville, Washington 99114
Burton Care Center – 1036 Victoria Avenue Burlington, Washington 98233
Canterbury House – 502 29th Street Southeast Auburn, Washington 98002
Canyon Lakes Restorative And R – 2702 South Ely Kennewick, Washington 99337
Capital Medical Center – 3900 Capital Mall Drive Southwest Olympia, Washington 98502
Careage Of Whidbey – 311 Northeast 3rd Street Coupeville, Washington 98239
Caroline Kline Galland Home – 7500 Seward Park Avenue South Seattle, Washington 98118
Cascade Park Care Center – 801 Southeast Park Crest Avenue Vancouver, Washington 98683
Liberty Country Place – 917 South Scheuber Road Centralia, Washington 98531
Life Care Center Of Auburn – 414 – 17th Southeast Auburn, Washington 98002
Life Care Center Of Bothell – 707 – 228th Southwest Bothell, Washington 98021
Life Care Center Of Burien – 1031 Southwest 130th Street Burien, Washington 98146
Life Care Center Of Federal Way – 1045 South 308th Street Federal Way, Washington 98003
Life Care Center Of Kennewick – 1508 West Seventh Avenue Kennewick, Washington 99336
Nisqually Valley Care Center – 9414 357th Street South Mckenna, Washington 98558
Norse Home Retirement Center – 5311 Phinney Avenue North Seattle, Washington 98103
North Auburn Rehab & Health Ctr – 2830 I Street Northeast Auburn, Washington 98002
North Central Care Center – 1812 North Wall Spokane, Washington 99205
Regency Manor – 726 North Markeson Chelan, Washington 98816
Renaissance Care Center – 4007 Tieton Drive Yakima, Washington 98908
Renton Highlands Health & Reha – 1110 Edmonds Avenue Northeast Renton, Washington 98056
Ridgemont Terrace – 2051 Pottery Ave. Port Orchard, Washington 98366
Riverside Nursing & Rehab Ctr – 1305 Alexander Centralia, Washington 98531
Riverview Lutheran Care Center – East 1841 Upriver Drive Spokane, Washington 99207
Roo-Lan Healthcare Center – 1505 Southeast Carpenter Road Lacey, Washington 98503
Tacoma Lutheran Home – 1301 Highlands Parkway North Tacoma, Washington 98406
Talbot Center For Rehab & Heal – 4430 Talbot Road South Renton, Washington 98055
Tekoa Care Center – Highway 27 And Madison Tekoa, Washington 99033
Tri-State Health & Rehab Ctr – 1255 Belmont Way Clarkston, Washington 99403