CNA Classes in Washington (WA)

To work as a CNA in Washington, you’ll need to meet some basic criteria, take a state-approved training program and, finally, pass a competency exam. After that, the state will add your name to its CNA registry. The Washington Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) jointly oversee the whole certification process.

Eligibility Criteria

To sign up for CNA courses in Washington, you need to:

  • Be at least 18.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Pass a complete physical, including a drug and TB test.
  • Pass a mental health check.
  • Show proof of up-to-date vaccines.
  • Have a clear criminal background.

Training and Testing

Check out the Washington DSHS website for a list of state-approved CNA programs. You’ll need to complete at least 50 clinical hours and 35 classroom hours before you can sit the CNA exam. This includes at least 7 hours of HIV/AIDS training.

You may be exempt from training if:

  • You’re an out-of-state CNA and you meet the training criteria.
  • You’re enrolled in a nursing program, or recently graduated from one.
  • You have a lapsed CNA license.
  • You received nurse training in the military.

The CNA exam is managed by Pearson VUE. It has 70 multiple choice questions as well as a practical section, which tests you on 5 randomly chosen clinical skills out of a total list of 25. It’s recommended to take both parts of the exam on the same day.

Fees

CNA training in Washington ranges from $1,000-$2,000.

Pearson VUE testing fees are:

  • Skills and written testing: $110
  • Skills and oral testing: $110
  • Skills testing: $74
  • Written testing: $36
  • Oral testing: $36

License Renewal

Your CNA license is good for 1 year in Washington. You have to renew the license on or before your birthday every year. You can submit your renewal online.

Key Facts

  • If you have prior felony convictions, previously lost your license, have a history of liability claims or faced certain disciplinary actions, you may not be allowed to work as a CNA in Washington.
  • You have to pass the competency exam within 24 months of training. If you fail the exam 3 times within those 24 months, you have to reenroll in training and sit the exam again.
  • If you work for an approved health care facility, your employer should pay for your training and testing fees.
  • You can work as a CNA for up to 4 months while you complete training. You have to fill out a DOH application within 3 days of starting your nursing job. If you don’t get your license by the end of those 120 days, you’ll have to stop working until you’re added to the state registry.

Traditional Classes Training Centers

School City Phone
Grays Harbor College Aberdeen (360) 538-4148 Request Information
Renton Technical College Renton (425) 235-2299 Request Information
Highline Community College Des Moines (206) 878-3710 Request Information
Walla Walla Community College Walla Walla (509) 527-4462 Request Information
Skagit Valley College Mt. Vernon (360) 416-7600 Request Information
Lower Columbia College Longview (360) 442-2865 Request Information
Pierce College at Puyallup Puyallup (253) 840-8355 Request Information
Green River Community College Auburn (253) 833-9111 Request Information
Clover Park Technical College Lakewood (253) 589-5885 Request Information
Clover Park Technical College Lakewood (253) 589-5885 Request Information
Bates Technical College, Downtown Tacoma (253) 680-7327 Request Information
South Seattle Community College Seattle (206) 768-6414 Request Information
Northwest Indian College Bellingham (360) 392-4300 Request Information
Big Bend Community College Moses Lake (509) 793-2130 Request Information
Big Bend Community College Moses Lake (509) 762-6285 Request Information
Centralia College Centralia (360) 753-3433 Request Information
Peninsula College Port Angeles (360) 417-6381 Request Information
North Seattle Community College Seattle (206) 934-6067 Request Information
Tacoma Community College Tacoma (253) 566-5020 Request Information
Tacoma Community College Tacoma (253) 566-5018 Request Information
Bellevue College Bellevue (425) 564-5604 Request Information
Columbia Basin College Pasco (509) 544-8300 Request Information
Wenatchee Valley College Wenatchee (509) 682-6662 Request Information
Shoreline Community College Shoreline (206) 546-4743 Request Information
Yakima Valley Community College Yakima (509) 574-4902 Request Information
Everett Community College Everett (425) 388-9468 Request Information
Seattle Central Community College Seattle (206) 934-4347 Request Information
Clark College, Vancouver Vancouver (360) 992-6116 Request Information
Skagit Valley College, Whidbey Island Oak Harbor (360) 679-5323 Request Information
Whatcom Community College Bellingham (360) 383-3550 Request Information
South Puget Sound Community College Olympia (360) 596-5298 Request Information
Bellingham Technical College Bellingham (360) 752-7000 Request Information
Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood Lynnwood (425) 640-1712 Request Information
Wenatchee Valley College, Omak Omak (509) 442-7952 Request Information
Twin Harbors Branch Skills Center Aberdeen (360) 538-2038
Fidalgo Care Ctr. & Rosario Asst. Living Anacortes (360) 293-3174
Running Horse Wisdom Education Center Auburn (253) 740-0909
Island Health And Rehabilitation Center Bainbridge Island (206) 842-4765
A-Plus Nurses Assistant Training School Bellevue (206) 722-5100
Evergreen Nursing School Bellevue (425) 449-8229
Sammamish High School Bellevue (425) 456-7617
Alderwood Park Convalescent Center Bellingham (360) 733-2322
Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services Bellingham (360) 734-9295
St Francis Of Bellingham Bellingham (360) 734-6760
Whatcom Community College-Hybrid Bellingham (360) 383-3550
Stafholt Good Samaritan Center Blaine (360) 332-8733
West Sound Vocational Skills Center Bremerton (360) 473-0550
Harmony House Health Care Center Brewster (509) 689-2546
Dt&T Na Training School Burien (206) 439-6715
Puget Sound Skills Center Burien (206) 631-7326
Chelan High School Chelan (509) 682-4061
Jenkins High School Chewelah (509) 935-5265
Walla Walla Community College – Clarkston Clarkston (509) 758-1702
Whitman County Health Department Colfax (509) 220-0855
Pinewood Terrace Nursing Center Colville (509) 684-2573
Lincoln Hospital Davenport (509) 725-7101
Kamanga CNA Training Des Moines (206) 271-1946
Edmonds-Woodway High School Edmonds (425) 431-7311
Royal Vista Care Center Ellensburg (509) 925-1404
Bethany At Pacific Everett (425) 259-5508
Medprep Vocational Training Center Everett (425) 257-9888
Nac Essential Prep Everett (425) 252-3239
Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center Everett (425) 348-2227
Divine CNA Training Federal Way (253) 874-0174
Forks Community Hospital District No. 1 Forks (360) 374-6271
Life Care Center Of San Juan Islands Friday Harbor (360) 378-2117
Cottesmore Of Life Care Gig Harbor (253) 851-5433
Grandview Health Care Center Grandview (509) 882-1200
Hoquiam Healthcare Dba Pacific Care Hoquiam (360) 532-7882
Canyon Lakes Restorative & Rehab Center Kennewick (509) 582-5900
Tri-Tech Skills Center Kennewick (509) 222-7300
Blossom Nursing Assistant Training Program Kent (253) 945-8232
Health Professionals Institute Kent (206) 462-6603
Seni Nursing Assistant Training Center Kent (206) 214-7232
Lake Washington Institute Of Technology Kirkland (425) 739-8244
Wanic Kirkland (425) 739-8400
College Of Medical Training Lakewood (253) 566-8282
Nw Career And Technical High School Lakewood (253) 589-5770
Priority Instructional Center Lakewood (253) 512-0313
Care Careers Academy Longview (360) 636-1000
CNA School Of Longview/Health Education Center Longview (360) 425-7770
Frontier Rehabilitation Longview (360) 423-8800
Kelso School District Longview (360) 414-2848
Christian Health Care Center Lynden (360) 354-4434
Brightstar Nursing Assistant Training Institute Lynnwood (425) 772-9182
Caregiver Tech Lynnwood (425) 775-2676
Edmonds Community College-Catch Lynnwood (425) 640-1691
Nac Training Program Mccleary (360) 239-5326
Nisqually Valley Care Center Mckenna (360) 458-3801
Montesano Health & Rehabilitation Center Montesano (360) 249-2273
Columbia Basin Job Corps Moses Lake (509) 762-2341
Columbia Crest Care And Rehabilitation Moses Lake (509) 765-6788
Northwest Career And Technical Academy Mount Vernon (360) 848-0706
Skagit Valley College-Ibest Mount Vernon (360) 416-7600
Newport High School Newport (509) 447-3567
River Mountain Training Center Newport (509) 447-9358
Oak Harbor High School-Cte Health Oak Harbor (360) 279-5486
Odessa Memorial Hospital Odessa (509) 982-2611
Simmons And Holliday Olympia (360) 350-0037
C/O Progressive Health Care Education Center Orondo (509) 886-4187
Avalon Care Center – Othello Llc Othello (509) 488-9609
Garfield County Hospital District Pomeroy (509) 843-1591
Crestwood Convalescent Center Port Angeles (360) 452-9206
North Olympic Peninsula Skill Center Port Angeles (360) 565-1566
Care Plus Home Health, Inc Port Orchard (253) 373-8016
Life Care Center Of Port Orchard Port Orchard (360) 876-8035
Ridgemont Terrace Port Orchard (360) 876-4461
South Kitsap School District Port Orchard (360) 874-5683
Life Care Center Of Port Townsend Port Townsend (360) 385-3555
Martha & Mary Health And Rehab Poulsbo (360) 779-7500
Casimartha Nac Training Puyallup (253) 840-4337
Life Care Center Of Puyallup Puyallup (253) 845-7566
Pierce County Skills Center Puyallup (253) 683-5998
Cascade Vista Convalescent Center Redmond (425) 885-0808
Ferry County Memorial Hospital Republic (509) 775-3333
Life Care Center Of Ritzville Ritzville (509) 659-1600
A-Plus Nurses Assistant Training School Seattle (206) 723-5100
Divine CNA Training – Northgate Seattle (206) 724-0830
Kindred Healthcare Corporation Seattle (206) 217-9419
Queen Ann Health Care Seattle (206) 284-7012
Seni Nursing Assistant Training-Seattle Seattle (206) 725-8515
Sound Vocational Institute Seattle (253) 471-0900
Cascade Job Corps Center Sedro Woolley (360) 854-3400
Yakima Valley School Selah (509) 698-1299
Sequim Health & Rehabilitation Sequim (360) 582-2400
Fir Lane Health & Rehabilitation Center Shelton (360) 426-1651
Shelton Health And Rehab Center Shelton (360) 427-2575
Nursing Assistant Training Institute Shoreline (206) 546-1120
Delta Rehabilitation Center Snohomish (360) 568-2168
American Institute Of Medical Careers Spokane (509) 535-1383
Avalon Care Center At Northpointe Spokane (509) 468-7000
CNA Schools Nw Spokane (509) 534-1698
Health Care Training Center Spokane (509) 893-1776
Manor Care Health Services Spokane (509) 326-8282
N.W. Pathways Nac Training Center Spokane (509) 496-2550
Newtech Skills Center Spokane (509) 354-7418
North Central Care Center Spokane (509) 328-6030
Providence St. Joseph Care Center Spokane (509) 474-5678
Royal Plaza Retirement Center Spokane (509) 489-2273
Spokane Community College – Spokane Campus Spokane (509) 533-8151
Sunshine Terrace Spokane Valley (509) 892-4342
Josephine Sunset Home Stanwood (360) 629-2126
Warm Beach Health Care Center Stanwood (360) 652-2615
Yakima Valley Tech Skills – Sunnyside Sunnyside (509) 930-2708
Alaska Gardens Health & Rehab Center Tacoma (253) 476-5300
Kamanga CNA Training – Tacoma Tacoma (206) 437-1366
Orchard Park Care Center Tacoma (253) 475-4611
St. Patrick Nac Training Tacoma (360) 350-0037
Western State Hospital Tacoma (253) 756-2871
North Valley Hospital/Nursing Home Tonasket (509) 486-2151
Nursing Assistant Training School Tukwila (206) 575-2010
New Market Vocational Skills Center Tumwater (360) 570-4434
Clark College-Ibest Vancouver (360) 992-6116
Clark County Career Development Center Vancouver (360) 574-1535
Clark County Skills Center Vancouver (360) 604-1050
CNA Training School Of Nursing Vancouver (360) 546-0098
CNA Training Vancouver Vancouver (360) 635-7506
Northwest Nac Training Vancouver (360) 882-0101
Prestige Care Inc Vancouver (360) 735-7155
Park Manor Walla Walla (509) 529-4218
Wenatchee High School Wenatchee (509) 663-8117
North Shore School Dist. / Health Occupations Program Woodinville (425) 408-7444
Woodland Convalescent Center Woodland (360) 225-9443
Hillcrest At Summitview Yakima (509) 966-5247
Willow Springs Care Yakima (509) 966-4500
Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center Yakima (509) 573-5522

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