Free CNA Training in Washington

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:

Try to find employment opportunities before you even receive your nursing assistant certification.  Many nursing homes and care facilities will offer you a job as a nursing aide and will provide you with the necessary training to become a certified nursing assistant.  There are usually criteria that you will need to meet in order to receive free cna training and job employment.

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.

If you are working for an employer who has a need for CNAs, express your interest in a new career.  You might find that your employer wants to help if you have a good work record and are motivated.  They might provide and or pay for your training in order to help you achieve your goals.  Of course, it is likely that you will be required to continue working for the employer in your new career for at least a few months.

Take the time to search around for potential financing options if you cannot afford CNA training.  You might be surprised to find that you do qualify for help to receive training for free.

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.

Nursing Related Grants/Scholarships in Washingtoncnanotes2

Grays Harbor College – Sharri Faulkner-Boyd and Olivetta Faulkner Nursing Scholarship

The Sharri Faulkner-Boyd and Olivetta Faulkner Nursing Scholarship is offered through

Grays Harbor College Foundation.  The scholarship is offered to students pursuing a degree in Nursing. In order to qualify, the applicant must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student
  • Submit requested essay
  • Complete the application themselves

Check with the college for specific dates when the application process is available. Submit completed application and requested documents by the deadline date.

North Seattle College (NSC) – North Seattle College Education Fund Scholarship

Thanks to donors, there are several scholarships available for students attending NSC. In order to qualify for available scholarships, the applicant must:

  • Be pursing a degree of certificate at NSC
  • Be enrolled at the time when application is submitted
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Submit a personal 500 word essay
  • Have a facility recommendation

Make sure and submit completed application and documents in order to be considered for available scholarships.

South Seattle Community College (SSCC) – South Seattle Community College Foundation

The South Seattle College Foundation is offering scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Students must possess strong academic merit, leadership qualities and involvement in school and community activities.  In order to qualify, the applicant must:

  • Be a graduating senior
  • Plan on attending SSCC full-time (12 credits or more a quarter)
  • Display strong academic performance and/or financial need

To be considered for available scholarships, make sure and submit a completed application and required material by the deadline date.

Institutions That Can Help

Spokane Community College
1810 N Greene St, Spokane, WA 99217
Spokane Community College has been providing quality higher education options for about 50 years.  Aside from traditional programs of study, they also specialize in offering career and degree track options for non-traditional students.  As such, they are among the WIA providers for the state.  Students who are eligible for financial help to complete some level of training or educationfor a new career, can attend options Available at Spokane.

Edmonds Community College
20000 68th Avenue W, Lynwood, WA 98036
Edmonds Community College is among the colleges administering retraining benefits.   These benefits help those who are not employed, those who have been out of military service for not more than 2 years and for individuals working for companies that are going to close or lay off many employees.

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

Other state listings:

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

7 Responses to Free CNA Training in Washington

  1. Agnes Misailegalu April 27, 2011 at 5:33 am #

    My name is Agnes T. Misailegalu, I want to continued work in medical field and I am interested to be trained as a CNA.. I’ve completed Nurses Aid program and received a certificated. I went to Tongue Point Job Corp in Astoria, Oregon and graduated in 1975. I live in Tacoma , Wa. I’m a Long Term Care Giver for my mother and she is living with me. I am willing to work for any agency that render help in succeeding with my career.

  2. Britni June 7, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Hi, my name is Britni,
    I was wondering if it was possible to test out of the cna program as I have worked as a uncertified cna in oklahoma for three years and have first hand experience, I dont have the funding for the class. I would like to take the state exam. Please let me know what I can do.
    Thank you

  3. Debra September 21, 2012 at 12:15 am #

    Hi, I am an uncertified nursing assistant who wishes to be certified in the state of Washington. I have been working in nursing homes and retirement centers for the past 20 years. I cannot afford the class but would like to take the state exam to become certified. Please let me know what I can do in this case. Thank you.

    • Marybeth McCarthy February 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

      Contact the Washington state department of licensing. You may have enough hours.

  4. starla groves October 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    I am looking for a on the job training position to become a cna. I am a stay at home mother of a toddler and would like to start a career that I have allot of passion and interest in. I am eager to get to work. thank you.

  5. Michelle C January 16, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    My name is Michelle, I am looking for a job in the medical field again. I was a licensed CNA in Wa. State 16-18 yrs ago before moving out of state. I let my license expire when living in Oregon because I didn’t need it for the jobs I had there. I have since moved back to Wa. and am looking for a job in this field but can’t seem to find one that will take me without this license. Does anyone know of any on job certification in the Seattle area? I would greatly appreciate the feed back. Thanks!

  6. Peggy April 28, 2013 at 5:54 am #

    My name is Peggy and I’m looking to further my career in the health field. I have 5 years experience as a health unit coordinator and looking to take a CNA class. I would greatly appreciate any feedback on CNA classes in the Spokane area. Thank you.

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