Get CNA Certified in Washington

Want to become a CNA in Washington? 


Job Growth:

CNA jobs are projected to grow 11% by 2026, and the Walla Walla metropolitan area has a high level of employment with 570 registered nurse aids.



Washington offers competitive wages for CNAs, in the Seattle metropolitan area wages start a $16/hour. The top 10% of the nation’s CNAs earn $50,000.



To become a registered CNA, you must graduate from an accredited course, some as short as 4 weeks, and pass the state exam.

What are the CNA requirements in Washington? Here’s how to prepare for your CNA state exam and how to become a Certified Nurse Assistant in Washington.


What is a Certified Nurse Aide?

A CNA is a Certified Nurse Assistant, or Certified Nurse Aide. It is one of the most important roles on the healthcare team. CNAs are fully responsible for the general care of patients. This includes taking and recording vital signs such as heart rate and blood pressure, assisting them to and from their bed, aiding them during meals, and attending to personal hygiene. The job is rewarding, as your role enhances a patient’s everyday livelihood, giving them an opportunity to be active members of society and offering them a chance to live their lives to the fullest.

CNA Requirements in Washington  

  1. Be at least 18 years old

  2. Be in good physical health

  3. Up-to-date immunization records

  4. Pass a criminal background check

  5. Graduate from a Certified Nursing Assistant Program in Washington

  6. Pass the State Exam

  7. Register as a Certified CNA


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How to Become a CNA in Washington

Washington has two steps for those interested in becoming a CNA. To start a CNA training program, you need to register as a certified nursing assistant with Washington’s Department of Health. A non-refundable fee of $65 covers the Registered Nursing Assistant application. However before you start the application, you must be at least 18 years old. There is no minimum education requirement for nurse aides such as a high school diploma or a GED.

Next, you will need to find accredited CNA classes in Washington. The Washington Department of Health approves nurse aide training and competency evaluation programs, also known as NATCEPs, and also has a list of approved in-service education programs. Each program must include a total number of 100 training hours, including 60 classroom hours and 40 hands-on training hours at a nursing facility. In addition, Washington requires 7 hours of HIV/AIDS training. The majority of these programs can be found at local community colleges, trade schools, or even the American Red Cross. You can find local CNA classes near you as well as CNA classes online.

The program can be completed in 6-15 weeks, although there are some accelerated programs that offer 4-week CNA classes as well. Students are under direct supervision during training and their program instructors must be licensed for nursing in Washington, have a minimum of 1 year of nursing experience, and must have either completed a course on how to teach adults or have verifiable experience teaching adults or supervising nurse aides.

Once the training is complete, you are eligible to apply for CNA certification, which allows you to sign up to take the official CNA examination. It’s recommended you take a free CNA practice exam to prepare. You must take the exam at a certified testing center such as the American Red Cross or one of the Pearson VUE testing sites for the National Nurse Assistant Training and Assessment Program (NNAAP).

Once you have completed CNA training and examination, or if you have completed CNA training and taken an exam in another state, you can apply to be a Certified Nursing Assistant; there is a $65 fee for this certification.

A Closer Look at CNA Training

A typical CNA program in Washington will include a minimum of 35 hours of introductory training before administering direct care for patients. Introductory hours consist of communication, infection control, patients’ rights, and safety procedures such as the Heimlich maneuver. You can expect to take CNA classes that cover topics such as:

  • Interpersonal Skills

  • Anatomy

  • Social Service

  • Mental Health

  • Cognitive Impairment

  • Emergency Procedures

  • Personal Care & Hygiene

  • Infection Control

  • Basic Nursing Care

  • Restorative Services

  • Patients’ Rights

The CNA Training Program can cost anywhere from $500 to $2,000, depending on the program. For example, the American Red Cross program costs $1,300. However, these fees do not include classroom materials, uniforms, or textbooks. Some facilities, such as adult education centers, and nursing homes, offer free CNA classes, while others accept financial aid and payment plans. You can also apply for your employer to reimburse your training or supplement your certification with on-the-job training.


The CNA Test in Washington

Washington partners with the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) to certify its nurses. The CNA state exam is distributed by Pearson VUE and they provide a multitude of information to help you succeed in the examination process, including a free CNA practice test, applications, and test site locations and times.

The CNA test in Washington is comprised of 2 portions: a written (or oral) exam, and a clinical skills evaluation. Both are administered on the same day. The written exam has 70 multiple choice questions in English and you will have 2 hours to complete it. If English is your second language, you are able to opt out and take the written exam orally. You can take CNA classes en español as well. The oral exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and 10 reading comprehension questions. The skills examination requires the nurse aide evaluator to supervise you performing 5 skills randomly selected from a list of 34 skills in 30 minutes or less. You must perform 4 of the 5 skills correctly to pass. You can schedule your examination with the Nurse Aid Competency Evaluation Services (NACES) at 1-800-444-5178. If you have a disability, you may request special arrangements for the test that must be approved in advance. Pass or Fail results are viewable online within 24 hours of test completion, to schedule an exam, visit the Washington Board of Nursing page, NNAAP also offers test site locations. If you don’t pass the exam on your first try, it is possible to retake the exam twice. If you fail the test three times, you must re-train at an approved program before attempting the test a fourth time.

CNA Exam Cost Broken Down:

  • $124 - Written & Skills Evaluation

  • $124 - Oral (English/Spanish) & Skills Evaluation

  • $44 - Written Exam only

  • $44 - Oral (English/Spanish) Exam only

  • $80 - Skills Exam only

On the Day of the Exam, Plan to Bring:

  1. One form of current identification with a photo I.D.

  2. Social Security card

  3. Non-skid, closed-toe shoes for the clinical evaluation

  4. Three No. 2 pencils and eraser

  5. A watch with a second hand


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CNA Jobs in Washington

Washington has one of the highest CNA employment rates per population, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. There are more than 40,000 CNAs currently employed. Seattle, which employs more than 2,000 CNAs, is ranked in the top 18% for CNA wages paying nearly $15/hour.

Walla Walla, Washington is one of the countries top metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of nursing assistant jobs; there are 570 CNAs employed at a mean wage of nearly $13/hour and nearly $27,000/year.

The top 10% of CNAs can make $50,000 annually, and nursing assistant jobs are relatively easy to find. Due to the ability for increased training opportunities and further career advancements, there is a high turn-around rate for CNAs, as many use their work experience to start the accreditation process needed to become Registered Nurses. Working as a CNA is not only rewarding, but also offers job stability and immense growth opportunities.  

Nearly 50% of CNAs work in Nursing Care Facilities, and there are over 1,000 registered nursing facilities in the state of Washington that offer employment.


The remaining jobs are at hospitals, medical offices, facilities for elderly, mental health clinics, outpatient care centers, and even film and television housing facilities. CNAs play a such vital role in patient care, that the growth of CNA jobs is projected to grow 11% by 2026. An aging population will significantly increase nurse aide jobs. You may also work at a nursing facility for a maximum of 4 months while you are enrolled in your training program.

CNA Job Advancement

An entry-level position in the medical field, CNAs are given many opportunities to reach that next level. CNAs work with a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and directly under a Registered Nurse (RN), so they are rewarded by seeing firsthand what it looks like to reach that next level. To become a LPN, a CNA can apply for a bridge course that can be found at a community college or a vocational training school that can either be offered online or on-campus. Typically this training includes a 6-24 week class with 75 hours of training, however many current CNAs are able to use their work hours to apply to training, making it very easy to promote. Washington has such a turnaround in CNA jobs advancement, that thousands of CNA jobs will open annually because of it. You may also join an association for resources and to help advance your career, such as the Washington Nurses Association. 

Renew a CNA Certification in Washington

The state of Washington requires you to renew a CNA license before your birthday each year. You are responsible to renew the certificate on your own. There is no required additional education for renewal.

To renew your license you must send a check for $70 and a completed application to: Washington Department of Health, PO Box 1099 Olympia, WA 98507-1099.

The state’s Department Social and Health Services also has a Nurse Aide Registry in Washington. A registered CNA must graduate from an accredited program and have an active license.

For additional information about state licensing, renewal, and certification contact:

Washington Department of Health

Nurse Assistant Credentialing

P.O. Box 47877

Olympia, WA 98504-7877

Phone: (360) 236-4700


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State-Approved Nursing Assistant Programs in Washington 

Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington - Prosser

125 North Wamba Road Prosser, WA, 99350


Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington (Opportunities for Industrialization Center)

1222 N Post St Spokane, WA, 99201


Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington

1222 N Post Street Spokane, WA, 99201


Alderwood Park Convalescent Center

2726 Alderwood Ave Bellingham, WA, 98225


American Healthcare CNA School

6951 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Suite 201 Seattle, WA, 98118


Avalon Care Center - Othello LLC

495 North 13th Street, Othello, WA, 99344


Avamere Bellingham Healthcare

1200 Birchwood Ave Bellingham, WA, 98225


Avamere Heritage Rehabilitation of Tacoma

7411 Pacific Avenue Tacoma, WA, 98408


Avamere Queen Anne Healthcare

2717 Dexter Ave N Seattle, WA, 98109


Avamere Richmond Beach

19235 15th Ave. N W Shoreline, WA, 98177


Avamere St. Francis

3121 Squalicum Pkwy Bellingham, WA, 98225


Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound

630 S Pearl. St Tacoma, WA, 98225


Bates Technical College

1101 South Yakima Avenue Tacoma, WA, 98405


Bellevue College

3000 Landerholm Circle Se Bellevue, WA, 98007-6484


Bellingham Technical College I-Best

3028 Lindbergh Ave Bellingham, WA, 98225-1599


Bellingham Technical College

3028 Lindberg Avenue Bellingham, WA, 98225-1599


Big Bend Community College

7662 Chanute Street Northeast Moses Lake, WA, 98837


Blossom Nursing Assistant Training Program

24437 Russell Road S T E-108 Kent, WA, 98032


Blossom Nursing Assistant Training

8730 S. Tacoma Way, Unit 102 Lakewood, WA, 98499


Buena Vista Healthcare

151 Buena Vista Drive Colville, WA, 99114


Care Plus Home Health, Inc

1950 Pottery Ave Suite 160 Port Orchard, WA, 98366


Career in Caregiving

1570 Bishop Road Chehalis, WA, 98532


Centralia College

600 W Locust Centralia, WA, 98531

360-753-3433 Ext. 378

Christian Health Care Center

855 Aaron Drive Lynden, WA, 98264


Clark College

1933 Fort Vancouver Way M S C T C 245 Vancouver, WA, 98663


Clark County Career Development Center

9120 Northeast Vancouver Mall Loop Suite 120 Vancouver, WA, 98675


Clark County Skills Center

12200 Northeast 28th Street Vancouver, WA, 98682


Clover Park High School

11023 Gravelly Lake Drive S W Lakewood, WA, 98499


Clover Park Technical College at Emerald Ridge High School

12405 84th Street East Puyallup, WA, 98374


Clover Park Technical College at Puyallup High School

105 7th St. S W Puyallup, WA, 98371


Clover Park Technical College at Rogers High School

12801 86th Ave. E.Puyallup, WA, 98373


Clover Park Technical College

4500 Steilacom Blvd Sw - Bldg 14 Lakewood, WA, 98499-4098


Clover Park Technical NAC/ESL

4500 Steilacoom Blvd S W Lakewood, WA, 98499


CNA School of Longview/Health Education Center

5612 Ocean Beach Highway Suite 112 Longview, WA, 98632


CNA Training School of Nursing

1924 Belmont Loop Woodland, WA, 98674


Columbia Basin College

2600 North 20th Avenue Pasco, WA, 99301


Columbia Basin Job Corps

6739 24th Street Moses Lake, WA, 98837


Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center

900 Yonezawa Blvd Moses Lake, WA, 98837


Columbia County Health System

1012 South 3rd Street Dayton, WA, 99328


Columbia Crest Care And Rehabilitation

1100 East Nelson Road Moses Lake, WA, 98837


Columbia Safety Training Center

418 North Kellogg Street STE-A, Kennewick, WA, 99336


Cottesmore of Life Care

2909 14 Th Avenue Nw Gig Harbor, WA, 98335


Crescent Health Care

505 N 40th Ave Yakima, WA, 98908


Crystal Point CNA Training School

32105 1st. Avenue South S T E B2 Federal Way, WA, 98003


Delta Rehabilitation

1705 Terrace Avenue Snohomish, WA, 98290


Divine CNA Training

1707 S. 341st Place, Unit D Federal Way, WA, 98023


DT&T NA Training School

148 Sw 153 Rd St, Suite 201 Burien, WA, 98166


Edmonds Community College

2000-68 Th Avenue W Lynnwood, WA, 98036-5999


Edmonds Community College-Catch

20000 68 Th Ave W Lynnwood, WA, 98036


Edmonds-Mountlake Terrace High School

21801 44th Ave West Mountlake Terrace, WA, 98043


Enumclaw Health and Rehabilitation Center

2323 Jensen St Enumclaw, WA, 98022-3605


Everett Community College

2000 Tower St Everett, WA, 98201-1390


Evergreen Nursing School

16326 Se 15th St Bellevue, WA, 98008


Excel Health Careers Training (Conditional Approval)

22659 Pacific Highway South, Ste 301 Des Moines, WA, 98198


Ferry County Memorial Hospital

36 Klondike Road Republic, WA, 99166


Forks Community Hospital District No. 1

530 Bogachiel Way Forks, WA, 98331


Franklin Hills Skilled Nursing

1140 North Mullan Avenue Room 102 Spokane, WA, 99208


Frontier Rehabilitation

1500 3rd Avenue Longview, WA, 98632


Garfield County Hospital District

66 North 6th Street Pomeroy, WA, 99347


Grays Harbor College

1620 Edward P Smith Drive Aberdeen, WA, 98520


Green River Community College

12401 Southeast 320th Street Auburn, WA, 98092

253 -833-9111

Harmony House Health Care Center

100 River Plaza Brewster, WA, 98812


Health Care Training Center

112 N. University Suite 102 Spokane, WA, 99216


Health Professionals Institute

33305 1 St Way South Suite B-207 Federal Way, WA, 98003


Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School

Evergreen School District P.O. Box 8910 Vancouver, WA, 98668


Highline Community College

2400 South 240 Th Street Des Moines, WA, 98198


Hillcrest At Summitview

3801 Summitview Avenue Yakima, WA, 98902


Issaquah Health and Rehabilitation NAC Training Program

805 Front Street Issaquah, WA, 98027


Kelso School District

1405 Deleware Street - S J M C Longview, WA, 98632


Lake Washington Institute of Technology

11605 132nd Avenue N E Kirkland, WA, 98034


Lakeland Village

2320 South Salnave Road Medical Lake, WA, 99022


Lakeridge Solana Alzheimer's Care Center

817 E Plum St Moses Lake, WA, 98837-1870


Landmark Care Center

710 North 39th Avenue Yakima, WA, 98902


Legacy Training Services

404 N Conway St, Kennewick, WA, 99336-3047


Life Care Center of Puyallup

511 10th Ave Se Puyallup, WA, 98372


Lincoln Hospital District #3

10 Nicholls Street Davenport, WA, 99122


Linden Grove

400 29th Street N E Puyallup, WA, 98372


Lower Columbia College

1600 Maple Street Longview, WA, 98632-0312


Martha and Mary Health And Rehab

19160 Front St Ne Poulsbo, WA, 98370


Med Smart Academy (Conditional Approval)

1410 7th Street Suite C-2 Marysville, WA, 98270


Medprep Vocational Training Center

1830 Broadway Everett, WA, 98201


Mena Nursing Assistant Training School

3220 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA, 98114


New Chapters In Healthcare Education

320 W Spofford Ave Spokane, WA, 99205-4750


New Market Vocational Skills Center

7299 New Market Street Tumwater, WA, 98501


Newtech Skills Center

4141 N Regal Street Spokane, WA, 99207


North Central Care Center

1812 N. Wall Spokane, WA, 99205


North Olympic Peninsula Skill Center

905 West 9th Street Port Angeles, WA, 98363


North Seattle Community College

9600 College Way North Seattle, WA, 98103


North Shore School District / Health Occupations Program

19619-136 Th Ave Ne Woodinville, WA, 98072


North Valley Extended Care NVEC Blended Learning

203 S Western Ave Tonasket, WA, 98855-8803


North Valley Hospital / Nursing Home

203 S Western Ave Tonasket, WA, 98855


Northcare Training

3717 196th St. S W Lynnwood, WA, 98204


Northwest Career And Technical Academy

2205 W. Campus Place Mount Vernon, WA, 98273


Northwest NAC Training

11606 Northeast 66th Street Suite #103 Vancouver, WA, 98604


Nursing Assistant Training Institute

18336 Aurora Ave. N. #102 Shoreline, WA, 98133-6134


Nursing Assistant Training School

699 Strander Blvd Tukwila, WA, 98188


NW Career and Technical High School

4500 Steilacoom Blvd Sw Lakewood, WA, 98499


Odessa Memorial Hospital

P.O. Box 368 Odessa, WA, 99159


Olympic College

937 Alpine Way Shelton, WA, 98584


Olympic College

1600 Chester Ave Bremerton, WA, 98346


Orchard Park Care Center

4755 S 48 Th Tacoma, WA, 98409


Park Manor

1710 Plaza Way Walla Walla, WA, 99362


Peninsula College

1502 East Lauridsen Boulevard Port Angeles, WA, 98362


Pierce College

1601 - 39th Avenue Se Puyallup, WA, 98374-2222


Pierce College IBEST

1601 - 39th Avenue Se Puyallup, WA, 98374-2222


Pierce County Skills Center

16117 Canyon Road East Puyallup, WA, 98375


Prestige Care & Rehabilitation Pinewood Terrace

1000 E Elep Ave Colville, WA, 99114-5014


Prestige Care Brighton Court Assisted Living Center

1308 N Vercler Rd Spokane, WA, 99216


Prestige Care Colonial Vista

625 Okanogan Ave Wenatchee, WA, 98801


Prestige Care Post Acute & Rehabilitation Center

1050 East Mountain View Ellensburg, WA, 98926


ProCare Academy of Washington - Lakewood

9116 Gravelly Lk Dr Sw Lakewood, WA, 98499


ProCare Academy of Washington - Olympia

3773 Martin Way E Suite A102 Olympia, WA, 98506


Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital

500 E. Webster Avenue Chewelah, WA, 99109


Puget Skilled Nursing

4001 Capital Mall Dr S W Olympia, WA, 98502


Puget Sound Skills Center

18010 8th S Burien, WA, 98148


Regency Canyon Lakes

2702 S Ely Street, Kennewick, WA, 99337


Regency Care Center at Monroe

1355 W Main St Monroe, WA, 98272


Renton Technical College at Kentlake - Kentlake High School

21401 S E Falcon Way Kent, WA, 98042


Renton Technical College

3000 N E 4th Street Renton, WA, 98056-4195


River Mountain Training Center

100 Scott Ave Newport, WA, 99156


Rockwood Retirement Nursing Assistant Training Program

2903 East 25th Ave Spokane, WA, 99223


Royal College Of Medical Training

1035 Andover Park West, Suite 210 Tukwila, WA, 98188


Sammamish High School

100 - 140th Avenue Se Bellevue, WA, 98005


Sea Tech Skills Center

525 Campus Loop Drive Walla Walla, WA, 99362


Seattle Central Community College

1200 12th Ave S Seattle, WA, 98144


Seattle Skills Center- Medical Careers

3000 California Ave Sw Room #230 / Skill Center Seattle, WA, 98106


Sequim Health and Rehabilitation

650 West Hemlock Sequim, WA, 98382


Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave North Shoreline, WA, 98133


Simmons And Holliday

2103 Harrison Ave Olympia, WA, 98502


Skagit Valley College IBEST Whidbey Island Campus

1900 S E Pioneer Way Oak Harbor, WA, 98277


Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island Campus

1900 Se Pioneer Way Oak Harbor, WA, 98277


Skagit Valley College: Main Campus

2405 E College Way Mt. Vernon, WA, 98273-5899


Skagit Valley College-Ibest

2405 E College Way Mount Vernon, WA, 98273


Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center

9001 Airport Road Everett, WA, 98204


South Puget Sound Community College

2011 Mottman Road S W Olympia, WA, 98512


South Seattle Community College

6000 - 16th Avenue S W Seattle, WA, 98106-1499


Sparrow Healthcare Education, LLC

11703 East Sprague Suite C-2 Spokane Valley, WA, 99206


Spokane Community College - Spokane Campus

1810 N Greene Street (Ms2090)Spokane, WA, 99217



Spring Creek Assisted Living Facility

223 East Bakerview Road Bellingham, WA, 98226


Stafford Healthcare at Ridgemont

2051 Pottery Avenue Port Orchard, WA, 98366


Stafholt Good Samaritan Center

456 C St Blaine, WA, 98230


Sunrise Services

1908 Riverside Drive Mt. Vernon, WA, 98273


7003 Evergreen Way Everett, WA, 98203


Tacoma Community College

6501 S 19th St Tacoma, WA, 98466-6139


Tri-Tech Skills Center

5929 West Metaline, Kennewick, WA, 99336


Twin Harbors Branch Skills Center

410 North G Street Aberdeen, WA, 98520


Walla Walla Community College

500 Tausick Way Walla Walla, WA, 99362-9267


Washington Network for Innovative Careers

11605 132nd Ave Ne Kirkland, WA, 98034


Washington Odd Fellows Home

534 Boyer Ave Walla Walla, WA, 99362-2047


Wenatchee High School

1101 Millerdale Wenatchee, WA, 98801

509-663-8117 Ext 550

Wenatchee Valley College - Omak Campus

P.O. Box 2058 Omak, WA, 98841


Wenatchee Valley College Fast Track

1300 5th Street Wenatchee, WA, 98801


Wenatchee Valley College

1300 5th Street Wenatchee, WA, 98801


Wesley CNA Academy

1122 South 216th Street Des Moines, WA, 98198


West Sound Vocational Skills Center

101 National Avenue N Bremerton, WA, 98312


Whatcom Community College

237 W Kellogg Rd Bellingham, WA, 98226


Whitman Health and Rehabilitation Nursing Assistant Training Program

1150 West Fairview Street Colfax, WA, 99111


Willow Springs Care

4007 Tieton Drive Yakima, WA, 98908


Yakima Valley Community College

16th and Nob Hill Boulevard Yakima, WA, 98907


Yakima Valley School

609 Speyers Rd Selah, WA, 98942


Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center - Sunnyside

437 Barnard Blvd Sunnyside, WA, 98944


Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center Sunnyside Evening

437 Barnard Blvd Sunnyside, WA, 98944


Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center

1120 South 18th St Yakima, WA, 98901