Feb 24, 2024  
2022-23 BTC Catalog 
2022-23 BTC Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing Assistant

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Nursing Assistants are in high demand by employers in Whatcom County! Choose BTC’s Nursing Assistant program to train for nursing assistant jobs in a wide variety of medical settings. The knowledge and skills you’ll gain are highly valued by healthcare industry employers such as hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and home health agencies.

Nursing Assistant training meets the Healthcare Experience requirement for entry into the BTC Registered Nursing Program.

The Nursing Assistant Program at Bellingham Technical College is approved by the State of Washington, Department of Health, Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.

Students who complete the Nursing Assistant program will be eligible to take their state certification exams.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate clinical competencies as defined in WAC 246-841.
  • Identify and apply nursing knowledge necessary in the Nursing Assistant role.

Placement Requirements

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math, and Writing Skills are required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360.752.8345 or at admissions@btc.edu for assistance with academic planning.

Clinical Placement Requirements

After registering for Nursing Assistant program classes but prior to beginning clinical rotations, students must complete the clinical placement process. Clinical requirements include:

  • Criminal background check
  • Tuberculous screening
  • Medical Insurance Coverage
  • AHA BLS Provider CPR certification 

More information about the clinical placement requirements process is available on the Nursing Assistant website.

Certificate Requirements

Certificate completion requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or high, a minimum grade of C (2.0) for required courses, and minimum required attendance in classroom, lab, and clinical rotations.



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