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Nursing Assistant


Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) classes provide the basics in caregiving skills for entry-level employment in health care. Upon completion of a CNA class, students are eligible to take the certification examination for nursing assistants. Either a certificate of completion from a CNA class (with a minimum of 35 clinical and 50 classroom hours) or a current Washington state NA-C license is required when applying to Wenatchee Valley College's (WVC) Nursing program. Currently, WVC offers two routes to completing CNA training (students must be 17 years old to take a CNA class through WVC).

Option 1: NURS 100A Class (formerly called NURS 90)
NURS 100A is a quarter-long, 8-credit class that follows the traditional academic calendar at WVC. On the Wenatchee campus, this class is usually1 offered every fall, winter, and spring quarter from 8am-12pm on a Tuesday through Thursday schedule, and every summer quarter from 8am-2pm on a Monday through Thursday schedule. On the Omak campus, the class schedule varies so check the Course Schedule for the next scheduled class. Do not schedule other classes right after NURS 100A ends because you will need time to travel back to campus from clinical sites.

To register for a NURS 100A class, follow these steps:

  1. Decide which quarter you wish to take NURS 100A and plan ahead:
    • Fall quarter 2014 applications will be accepted starting May 27, 2014.
    • Winter quarter 2015 applications will be accepted starting December 1, 2014.
    • Spring quarter 2015 applications will be accepted starting February 23, 2015.
  2. Complete the NURS 100A Application Packet.
  3. Submit the completed application:
    • Wenatchee applications go to Rhonda Yenney (Wenatchi Hall 2221E).
    • Omak applications go to Sue Root (Friendship Hall 210).
  4. Once your application has been reviewed, and is determined to be complete, you will receive an enrollment form. Submit the enrollment form to the Registration Office.

1 The schedule is subject to change so always reference the Course Schedule and Annual Schedule.

Option 2: Fast-Track CNA Class
The Fast-Track CNA classes, offered through our Continuing Education department, is an alternative way to receive the same training you would learn in NURS 100A. Fast-Track CNA classes follow a very unique schedule, with most classes lasting about three weeks.

To register for a Fast-Track CNA class, follow these steps:

  1. Decide when you will take the Fast-Track CNA class and plan ahead. The below schedule is subject to change and seats are limited so view the website for up-to-date information. Questions can be directed to the Continuing Education department (ceinfo@wvc.edu or 509.682.6900):
    • Aug. 25 - Sept. 12 (no class on Labor Day)
    • Oct. 13 - Oct. 30
    • Dec. 1 - Dec. 18
  2. Sign up for an open Fast-Track CNA class online. If the class you would like is full, add yourself to the waitlist (consider also signing up for a back-up class in case you do not get into the waitlisted class).
  3. Complete the Fast-Track CNA Application Packet.
  4. Submit the completed application to Rhonda Yenney (Wenatchi Hall 2221E). Completed and approved applications are required to start the class.

Additional Considerations

  • Conviction of certain crimes may prevent completion of the clinical class requirements of the program and may prevent future licensure and employment in health care. A criminal record check is required prior to any clinical training experience or clinical field trips. Students with a criminal record should meet with the Dean of Allied Health & Nursing Administrator (509.682.6660) to determine if the criminal history would prevent access to a health care facility.
  • To explore occupations and find related career information, go to www.mynextmove.gov.

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