Becoming Nursing Assistant Certified in Seattle

  1. 0 i need to get my nac (or cna, same thing) and i am trying to decide which program to take. i've looked into south seattle cc, renton tech. college, lake washington technical college, and nursing assistant training institute.

    does anyone have an opinion or suggestions? i am leaning towards the na training institute...it is only 3-days per week and only lasts 7-weeks. all seem like decent enough programs on paper, but i am curious about the experiences people have had in the courses. or, what experiences you have had working with students and/or graduates of one of these programs.

    thanks in advance for any input you have!

    tabitha
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    From 'Seattle, WA'; 44 Years Old; Joined Jan '05; Posts: 23.

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  3. Visit  nesher profile page
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    Friend of mine just quit teaching at South Seattle- unorganized nursing program. I don't know about the CNA program. I have met the nursing school director of Renton Tech - that seems like an up and coming school ( in terms of the nursing program) - I think they have programs that start you as a CNA and move you along to become an RN if you are interested in such things. I am not familiar with the others you mentioned.

    Guess it would also depend on your drive to and from the place - do you like your car and want to spend your day in it?
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    Quote from nesher
    Friend of mine just quit teaching at South Seattle- unorganized nursing program. I don't know about the CNA program. I have met the nursing school director of Renton Tech - that seems like an up and coming school ( in terms of the nursing program) - I think they have programs that start you as a CNA and move you along to become an RN if you are interested in such things. I am not familiar with the others you mentioned.

    Guess it would also depend on your drive to and from the place - do you like your car and want to spend your day in it?
    Thanks for your feedback, nesher. I took all my RN pre-requisites at South and had heard similar things. I've pretty much ruled them out, even though they are the closest.

    I've decided on Shoreline for the RN program...so I am willing to drive at least that far! Now I just have to get in!

    Thanks again!
  5. Visit  nesher profile page
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    Good luck.
  6. Visit  westcoastgirl profile page
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    Hi Tabitha - A woman I know went to Renton Tech and she felt they had a great experience with clinicals at Valley Medical.

    I chose LW as it is closer to home and so far I'm happy with it although clinicals are at LTC. However I'm getting it not to work in as a NAC but as experience to put on my nursing school applications.
  7. Visit  t_owl profile page
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    Med-Prep in Everett is quick, and very good.
  8. Visit  gabbygirl profile page
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    Another vote for MedPrep. They have a website that you can check out.


    T Owl- Trish is that you??? If it is I can't believe that I found you on the world wide web. Gabby
  9. Visit  December716 profile page
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    I've been thinking about doing Med-Prep (I really want to get some experience as a CNA) so it's good to know that it is a good program!

    Does anyone know the job market for CNA's in the Seattle area?
  10. Visit  t_owl profile page
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    Quote from gabbygirl
    Another vote for MedPrep. They have a website that you can check out.


    T Owl- Trish is that you??? If it is I can't believe that I found you on the world wide web. Gabby
    Yes, its me! Small world. Congratulations again to you! And my friend Eric did get accepted too.
    Regarding Medprep, if is not too far it is the greatest, inexpensive and quick! I really should start collecting on my referral bonus and quit sending everyone there without my name attached! :selfbonk:
    I just found this great website a couple of days ago, see what happens when they give us 2 weeks off from school!
  11. Visit  jolie chatte profile page
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    i went to the nursing assistant training institute (NATI) in shoreline.
  12. Visit  December716 profile page
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    Was it easy to find a job after going through non-nursing home programs? (Such as MedPrep and NATI?).
  13. Visit  susanlwins profile page
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    I just finished my clinicals and training at NATI in Shoreline last week - I thought the instructors were great, the night classes were great for my schedule, and the clinical experience was positive. I have been finished for 1 week and just got offered a job at a nursing home today and feel very prepared. I looked around and tried to find nursing home based programs in the area and couldn't find any that were currently holding classes. I think you just have to get your training and be persistent about job hunting, have all your paperwork together when you interview, etc. to really impress them with. Good luck!
  14. Visit  sakura_k profile page
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    I went to Lake Washington Tech for my CNA - I contacted the nursing home that I had done my clinical experience at shortly after finishing the course (and before taking the exam!) and they hired me on the spot. I had some problems moving out of the nursing home world but eventually managed to snag a job at Harborview. I guess I was in the right place at the right time because a lot of the jobs say they want six months experience to work in a hospital and I had five. But I found that using the contacts in the clinical experience was helpful in getting a job afterwards.


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