WHAT IS AN NA?
A: NA stands for NURSING
to work in a nursing home for up to 120 days prior to becoming a
Q: WHAT IS AN NAR?
A: NAR stands for NURSING
ASSISTANT-REGISTERED. This is a license that makes
Q: WHAT IS AN NAC?
A: NAC stands for NURSING
ASSISTANT-CERTIFIED. This is the license you receive from the
Department of Health-Nursing Commission after completing an approved
nursing assistant training program and successfully passing the state
Q: IS AN NAC THE SAME THING AS A CNA?
A: Yes, the profession
level is listed now at the end of the occupation.
Q: HOW LONG IS THE TRAINING PROGRAM?
The length of the training program
is normally 4 weeks. Once in awhile it can take four and a-half
weeks if there is a holiday or the facility is not available on certain
days or a viral outbreak has occurred and the clinical training has been
canceled to safeguard the students. In addition, some other
considerations can include the availability of clinical supervisors,
guest speakers or instructors.
Q: IF I'M BUSY AND CAN'T ATTEND CLASS HOW
CAN I MAKE UP THE MISSED TIME?
A: Although it requires
pre-approval you can attend the opposite class that you
registered for by coming to the PM class if registered for the AM class
and visversa. If that doesn't work there are practice labs that you can
attend extra hours. Due to limited seating fluctuation is only possible
with pre-approval from the scheduler. And, if you are not able to
schedule the make-up time during the session for which registered then
returning to another session is an option but includes an hourly rate.
Q: WHAT TYPES OF PAYMENTS ARE ACCEPTED?
A: At this time it is
possible to register on-line at the school's website through PayPal at
www.medprep.com using credit/debit cards or placing an eCheck for
approval. At the school you can pay with credit/debit, cashier's
or personal checks, tuition vouchers from government agencies,
facility-business checks, or by cash.
Q: WHAT ARE VOUCHERS?
A: Vouchers are tuition
confirmation to pay notices from government agencies, including
but not limited to DSHS, an Employment Security Department, Dept. of
Vocational Rehabilitation, Service Alternatives, or public & private
health care institutions, employment agencies and other back to work
Q: CAN I MAKE PAYMENTS?
You either have to pay-in-full
($725.00) at the time of registration or the reservation fee of $150.00
and the tuition balance of $575.00 within 14 days of the reservation.
This is a college-level course taught in a private sector governed by
Washington State as a preferred training vendor and requires payment of
the tuition to attend.
Q: HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO ATTEND THE
A: Sixteen & seventeen
require parents to sign the enrollment contract and if attending
during a school year a written note from parents that they approve of
the attendance; also limited to 4-hours per day.
Q: IS THERE A DRESS CODE?
A: Yes, dark navy-blue
scrubs (top & pants). No trim colors, no light, medium or royal
blue. T-shoes are fine but ALL shoes must be WHITE, closed toe and clean.
Street clothes are okay to wear the first week only. Other limitations
apply and discussed on general orientation day of each session. The
school's uniform supplier is Scrub-City, located at 7430 Evergreen Way,
Everett, WA. 98203, (425) 220-8520.
www.scrub-city.com or their location to see the 'student special'.
Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME THE
FIRST DAY OF CLASS?
A: Paper, payment (if there
is a balance due), and any documentation of current CPR
certification, Tuberculosis skin testing or (negative) prior chest x-ray
or completed criminal background inquiry if done within six months of
Q: WHERE CAN I PURCHASE A TRANSFER BELT?
A: A transfer 'gait' belt
can be found at any medical supply store, pharmacy, and even
at the school for a fee.
Q: HOW LONG IS MY TRAINING GOOD FOR IN
A: One year but
it is not beneficial to wait to take the state examination for
any length of time after graduation. Student should plan on submission
of testing and licensing applications with money order payments ready at
the end of the session on the day scheduled to pick-up graduation packet
from the school. Requires two stamped envelopes.
Q: IS MY TRAINING GOOD FROM ANOTHER STATE?
A: This question is best
directed to the Washington State Department of Health-Nursing
Commission at (360) 236-2700. Interstate endorsements are available from
one state to another.
Q: CAN I CHALLENGE THE STATE TEST?
A: You cannot challenge the
state test because you have prior education or experience but
allowed your nursing assistant license to expire. There are time
restrictions that would require you to attend training again and
complete the state examination. Yet, this is another question that if
you have trained in another state would be best answered by the DOH-Nursing
Commission at (360) 236-4700.
Q: CAN I APPLY IF ENGLISH IS NOT MY FIRST
A: Yes, but you must be
able to read, write, speak, and comprehend both the verbal
instruction as well as the text and written tests. Only English is
spoken at the school as will also be required in the auxiliary
facilities for the resident care training. A pre-entry evaluation will
be provided and it must be passed in order to attend the program.