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If you’re looking for a new career with a short training period, consider becoming a nursing assistant. Nursing assistants are the first line of care for patients. As a nursing assistant, you tend to a patient’s basic needs, freeing up other nurses to do more technical work. For instance, you might assist with tasks like helping a patient take a bath, transferring a patient to a wheelchair, or helping multiple patients exercise. You may also provide assistance with basic nutrition or monitor vital signs.

One of the benefits of becoming a nursing assistant is that you can earn a quick education and immediately be considered for positions at places like Washington Hospital Center or MedStar National Rehabilitation Center. You can complete most programs in eight to 10 weeks, though a few take longer. Upon graduation, you’ll need to pass an exam in most states to become certified as a nursing assistant. Even in states that don’t require certification, this step can still help you gain a position.

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In the Washington, DC, area, over 3,500 people are employed as nursing assistants, each earning approximately $28,520 a year, though some make as much as $34,720 annually. If you’re interested in becoming a nursing assistant, we’ve compiled below the top programs in Washington, DC, to help you find the one that’s right for your aspirations and schedule.

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District of Columbia

University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Avenue NW | Washington, District of Columbia 20008
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate