Nursing Assistant Certified

An I-BEST Program

Now accepting applications for January 2017!

Shoreline Community College is offering an exciting new I-BEST NAC curriculum with a grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Our program will use the most effective learning strategies to prepare students to pass the State Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam. Training will be FREE for qualified students who are selected.

Download a flyer or contact Dixie Taira at 206-376-0743 to see if this program is right for you.

Our students distinguish themselves

“The feedback I'm getting from employers is they're looking for our students. They want to come here and introduce themselves...”

Ernie Arik, RN, former NAC Instructor

This certificate program prepares students for entry into one of the highest demand positions in the healthcare field. Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) work with registered nurses and LPNs in hospitals, assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

Who Should Apply?

  • This first class (January 9 – June 16) is for people who are selected to participate in the Health Workforce for the Future project run by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.
  • If you are selected, training will be FREE and you will receive career help after you finish!
  • You must meet low income guidelines to apply, such as:
      • Receive TANF or Basic Food (food stamps) or
      • Show that your household income is below 200% of the federal poverty level

Get started

  1. For applications and funding selection details, contact Dixie Taira, Healthcare Career Navigator, 206-376-0743,
  2. For questions about the NAC program or I-BEST at Shoreline, contact the NAC Program Specialist Eve Sternberg, 206-546-6930,
  3. Due to limited space available, only those applicants who are qualified and selected for the grant funding will be invited to participate in the first cohort of this program.
I-BEST Specialist
Eve Sternberg
Email esternberg@
Phone 206-546-6930
Office Room 5101

Class Times

First quarter (Jan. 9 - March 24) Second quarter (April 3-June 16)
Wednesdays & Thursdays,
7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Wednesdays & Thursdays,
7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Clinicals: From May 31-June 15 with
longer Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
schedules to accommodate 8 hour shifts.

Preparation for the State's nursing assistant exam

This course is designed to help students prepare for the Washington State exam for Nursing Assistants as well as prepare them for the workforce. The class is split into three parts that include: 1) theory 2) skills and 3) clinical experience. Clinical work is done offsite at a residential care facility where students use the skills learned in the lab and class.