Nursing Assistant Certified

Nursing assistants certified are professional caregivers who help individuals with daily activities. Nursing assistants certified require the most amount of training out of all the caregiver roles. Many nursing programs encourage applicants who have their nursing assistant certification and work experience. The certification and experience strengthen an individual’s nursing program application.

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What Does a

Nursing Assistant Certified Do?

Personal Care

Helping your client bathe, get dressed or brush their hair and teeth.


Helping someone use the toilet.

Getting Around

Helping someone walk or transfer from a wheelchair to bed.

Preparing Meals and Feeding

Helping someone make food or assisting with eating.

Household Tasks and Errands

Helping someone do laundry, cleaning or shop for groceries.


Nursing assistants certified have the most options for working environments. They can work directly with clients in:

  • A hospital
  • A skilled nursing facility (also known as nursing home)
  • A client's home
  • An adult family home
  • An assisted living facility
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To Work as a Nursing Assistant Certified, You Must:

  • Pass a background check
  • Be at least 18 years of age
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Step One: Training

Complete 85 hours of training through a state-approved program (usually offered through community colleges, technical schools or privately-owned schools) which includes:

At least 35 hours of classroom education.
50 hours of clinical training, at least 40 of these clinical training hours will be at an actual practice setting such as a nursing home or hospital!

Step Two: Training Completion

After you complete your training, you’ll take a nursing assistant certification exam, administered by Pearson VUE. The exam is a combination of written, oral and skills demonstration sections.

Helpful hint: Don’t be overwhelmed by the test! Your instructor will help you prepare and can provide studying suggestions.

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Step Three: Certification

After you complete training and pass the exam, you’re ready to apply for your certification through the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). After the application process is complete, DOH will send your license number and certificate. The Nursing Assistant Certification Endorsement Application Packet provides all the instructions, forms and contact information about certification requirements.

Use the DOH Nursing Assistance webpage to find out more information





Average Wage
$16.78 Per Hour

According to Indeed, the average salary for a nursing assistant is $16.78 per hour in Washington State, 11% higher than national average.

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