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Certified nursing assistant (CNA) programs quickly and efficiently qualify their students to embark on a career in healthcare. In only eight to ten weeks, aspiring CNAs are trained to provide basic healthcare, monitor symptoms, record vital signs, and assist more senior nurses in their rounds. Upon completion of the certificate course, CNAs can work in hospitals, medical centers, and clinics under the supervision of licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs).

More than 24,000 CNAs work for Washington’s healthcare providers, including highly regarded institutions like University of Washington Medical Center, Evergreen Health Medical Center, and Providence Holy Family Hospital. The state’s CNAs earn a median annual salary of $28,000; in large cities like Seattle, the top tier of nursing assistants can earn over $35,000. It’s helpful to note that smaller metropolitan areas, such as Olympia and the Tri-Cities, have the most acute shortage of nursing assistants.

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CNA certificate programs are offered at approximately 25 community colleges, technical colleges, and vocational schools in Washington. The state’s vast network of CNA schools – which includes North Seattle College and South Seattle College, Tacoma Community College, and Clark College in Vancouver – covers all major metropolitan areas. After gaining experience in the workplace, many CNAs choose to pursue higher levels of education, which could ultimately qualify them to become LPNs or RNs.

For more information on certified nursing assistant training in Washington, please consult our detailed guide below to the state’s CNA certificate programs.

Featured Schools

Seattle

Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE | Bellevue, Washington 98007
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Edmonds Community College
20000 68th Avenue West | Lynnwood, Washington 98036
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Everett Community College
2000 Tower Street | Everett, Washington 98201
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Green River Community College
12401 SE 320th Street | Auburn, Washington 98092
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Highline Community College
2400 South 240th Street | Des Moines, Washington 98198
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
11605 132nd Avenue NE | Kirkland, Washington 98034
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Seattle College
9600 College Way North | Seattle, Washington 98103
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Renton Technical College
3000 NE Fourth Street | Renton, Washington 98056
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Avenue North | Shoreline, Washington 98133
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Seattle College
6000 16th Avenue SW | Seattle, Washington 98106
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
Bellevue College 3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, Washington 98007
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Edmonds Community College 20000 68th Avenue West
Lynnwood, Washington 98036
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Everett Community College 2000 Tower Street
Everett, Washington 98201
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Green River Community College 12401 SE 320th Street
Auburn, Washington 98092
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Highline Community College 2400 South 240th Street
Des Moines, Washington 98198
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lake Washington Institute of Technology 11605 132nd Avenue NE
Kirkland, Washington 98034
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Seattle College 9600 College Way North
Seattle, Washington 98103
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Renton Technical College 3000 NE Fourth Street
Renton, Washington 98056
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Shoreline Community College 16101 Greenwood Avenue North
Shoreline, Washington 98133
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Seattle College 6000 16th Avenue SW
Seattle, Washington 98106
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Tacoma

Bates Technical College
1101 South Yakima Avenue | Tacoma, Washington 98405
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Clover Park Technical College
4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW | Lakewood, Washington 98499
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pierce College - Fort Steilacoom
9401 Farwest Drive SW | Lakewood, Washington 98498
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pierce College - Puyallup
1601 39th Avenue SE | Puyallup, Washington 98374
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Tacoma Community College
6501 South 19th Street | Tacoma, Washington 98466
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
Bates Technical College 1101 South Yakima Avenue
Tacoma, Washington 98405
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Clover Park Technical College 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW
Lakewood, Washington 98499
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pierce College - Fort Steilacoom 9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, Washington 98498
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pierce College - Puyallup 1601 39th Avenue SE
Puyallup, Washington 98374
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Tacoma Community College 6501 South 19th Street
Tacoma, Washington 98466
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Tri-Cities

Columbia Basin College
2600 North 20th Avenue | Pasco, Washington 99301
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
Columbia Basin College 2600 North 20th Avenue
Pasco, Washington 99301
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Vancouver

Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way | Vancouver, Washington 98663
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
Clark College 1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, Washington 98663
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other Washington cities

Bellingham Technical College
3028 Lindbergh Avenue | Bellingham, Washington 98225
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Big Bend Community College
7662 Chanute Street NE | Moses Lake, Washington 98837
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Centralia College
600 Centralia College Boulevard | Centralia, Washington 98531
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lower Columbia College
1600 Maple Street | Longview, Washington 98632
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Peninsula College
1502 East Lauridsen Boulevard | Port Angeles, Washington 98362
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Walla Walla Community College
500 Tausick Way | Walla Walla, Washington 99362
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Wenatchee Valley College
1300 Fifth Street | Wenatchee, Washington 98801
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Yakima Valley Community College
South 16th Avenue & Nob Hill Boulevard | Yakima, Washington 98907
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
Bellingham Technical College 3028 Lindbergh Avenue
Bellingham, Washington 98225
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Big Bend Community College 7662 Chanute Street NE
Moses Lake, Washington 98837
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Centralia College 600 Centralia College Boulevard
Centralia, Washington 98531
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lower Columbia College 1600 Maple Street
Longview, Washington 98632
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Peninsula College 1502 East Lauridsen Boulevard
Port Angeles, Washington 98362
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Walla Walla Community College 500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla, Washington 99362
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Wenatchee Valley College 1300 Fifth Street
Wenatchee, Washington 98801
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Yakima Valley Community College South 16th Avenue & Nob Hill Boulevard
Yakima, Washington 98907
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate