CNA Training in Washington

A look at the various CNA training options available in Washington. Read school reviews below.

If you are considering a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant in the State of Washington, you might be wondering who sets the rules and regulations for the training of CNA professionals as well as who regulates certified nursing assistants in their employment.  In the state of Washington, CNA training and the practice of CNAs is regulated by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Social and Health Services.  Their job is to ensure that anyone who is employed as a CNA has completed all necessary training and testing and that all individuals employed as CNAs follow the regulations set forth by these agencies.  These agencies set the criteria for any CNA training programs.

After an individual completes a training program to become a certified nursing assistant, they must take and pass a certification exam.  The criteria for this exam are set by the Department of Social and Health Services.  The Department of Health insures that all nursing assistants fulfill all criteria for employment before working as a CNA.  Additionally, they issue the state certified nursing assistant to all who are qualified.  On average, certified nursing assistants working in the state of Washington earn about $25,000 annually.

The Highline Community College

2400 S. 240th Street, Des Moines WA 98198

The Nursing Assistant Program includes 12 course credits. Individuals interested in this program, can receive more details by calling (206) 878-3710.  There are 5 credits in nursing assistant theory.  There are another six credits included in the nursing assistant practicum.  A one credit Dementia care course must also be completed.  Students will receive classroom instruction as well as hands on clinical experience.    The training program is at least $1050 for tuition.  Students who are out of the county or out of the state will pay higher fees.

Nursing Assistant Training Institute-Shoreline

18336 Aurora Avenue N, #102, Shoreline, WA 98133

This CNA training institute was founded by Christina Spencer, RN, BSN.  The school is a private vocational school preparing individuals for a career as certified nursing assistants.  Tuition for the program was last noted as being $695 which does include textbooks.  Lecture studies as well as lab work are provided as part of the training program.  Students also receive the necessary clinical studies.  Guest speakers talk with students as well to help them learn more about the career they are about to enter.  Call 206-536-1120 for more program details.

Seni Training Center

24700 Military Road S, Suite 105, Kent, WA 98032

This training center is a vocational school offering reasonable rates for tuition.  Their goal is to help students to be able to train for a good career.  Call the Center so that they can help you to determine how to cover the cost of your tuition and what steps you need to take to enter the CNA program.  The course will last for 4- 5 weeks with students attending classes 3 days each week.  Phone (206) 214-7232.  Students will be able to sit for the state certification exam once they complete training.  There is now a training center location in Seattle as well.

King County

CNA Training Class – Tukwila
625 Strander Blvd., Tukwila, WA 98188
Phone: (206) 575-2010

Queen Ann Health Care CNA Class – Seattle
2717 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, Washington 98109
Phone: (206) 284-7012

Life Care Center of Kirkland(no longer offers the CNA program. May start again in the future)
10101 NE 120th, Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: (425) 823-2323

Cowlitz County

Lower Columbia College – Longview
1600 Maple Street, Longview, WA 98632
Phone: (360) 442-2861

Franklin County

Avalon Health Care Inc. – Pasco
2004 North 22nd Street, Pasco, WA 98301
Phone: (509) 547-8811

Grant County

Columbia Basin Job Corps CNA Training Program – Moses Lake
24th Street, Moses Lake, Washington 98837
Phone: (509) 762-2341

Harbor County

Elma Nursing Assistant Training – McCleary
P.O. Box 1384, McCleary, Washington 98557
Phone: (360) 495-3619

Island County

Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island Campus nurse aide training – Oak Harbor
1900 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor, Washington 98277
Phone: (360) 679-5323

Adams County

Life Care Center of Ritzville
506 South Jackson Street, Ritzville, WA 99169
Phone: (509) 659-1600

Clallam County

Port Angeles High School CNA Training Course
304 East Park Ave., Port Angeles, WA 98362
Phone: (360) 565-1566

Clark County

NorthWest Regional CNA Training Center – Vancouver
11606 NE 66th Street, Suite 103, Vancouver, WA 98662
Phone: 360-397-2100 or 360-882-0101

Clark County Skills Center NAProgram – Vancouver
12200 NE 28th Street, Vancouver, WA 98682
Phone: (360) 604-1050

Chelan County

Wenatchee Valley College Nursing Assistant Training Program
1300 5th Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801
Phone: (509) 682-6662

Wenatchee High School CNA Program
1101 Millerdale, Wenatchee, Washington 98801
Phone: (509) 663-8117

Kitsap County

Martha and Mary Health and Rehabilitation Program – Poulsbo
19160 Front Street NE, Poulsbo, Washington 98370
Phone: (360) 779-7500

Mason County

Fir Lane Health and Rehabilitation Center – Shelton
13th Street, Shelton, WA 98584
Phone: (360) 426-1651

Pierce County

Bates Technical College  Tacoma
1101 South Yakima Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone: (253) 680-7327

Gig Harbor High School
5101 Rosedale Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, Washington 98335
Phone: (253) 851-2568

If you can’t find a training option near your area from the list above, kindly leave us a comment below and we’ll look for one in your area. Make sure you check with the training center on their accreditation with the nursing board of your state. Non accredited training centers can not allow you to take the CNA certification test in Washington.

Also Check out:
Low Cost CNA Training in Washington
CNA Certification and Licensing FAQ in Washington


11 Responses to CNA Training in Washington

  1. William Bleau December 13, 2010 at 7:33 am #

    I completed my CNA courses at WVC in Omak approximately in 2004. Do I need to take the courses over again or can I test at a center. What documentation do I need? I am curently enrolled in the WVC in Wenatchee in the nursing program. Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated

    Thank You

    Willam J. Bleau

    • Admin December 16, 2011 at 9:38 am #

      Your current enrollment in the nursing course should make you eligible to take the test.

  2. Sheila April 11, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    Interested in taking a CNA class, in the Puyallup,Wa. area or somewhere within close range of that town. Also I can not find the cost of this class. I am not interested in taking it in a college. Thank you.

    • Amy Ellingsworth April 29, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

      Hello Sheila, Sorry for the delayed response. Have you looked into the training offered at: Bates Technical College Tacoma 1101 South Yakima Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98405 Phone: (253) 680-7327? Tacoma is located about ten miles from you and would be a great option to consider. Please let us know if this helps.

  3. Satora August 9, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    Thanks for the list of CNA training opportuniities in WA. Do you know of any programs in Thurston or Lewis County free or low cost?
    Thanks so much

  4. Whitney August 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Are there any classes in Skagit County, WA? Possibly near Mount Vernon or Anacortes. Are any of these free or low cost. Thank you!

  5. Heather September 17, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    I am also looking for classes in Lewis or Thurston County. Is there options for evening classes?

  6. emily September 17, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Currently working as a RNA but need a FREE CNA program to continue at the facility.I have 3 kids and have to work! Really love my job and want to continue.

  7. Madison November 20, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    in Washington is it possible to obtain a CNA license with a felony on your record?

  8. Rubi February 26, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Thank you for the listings of CNA courses in WA. Would you happen to know f any in the Snohomish Area? Monroe and Everett WA? Would Greatly appreciate it!

  9. Kathleen Matthiesen April 12, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    I am looking for classes in Spokane.Would you know of any?

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