Step into a Health Care Career with Martha & Mary Nursing Assistant Training Academy

Step into a Health Care Career with Martha & Mary Nursing Assistant Training Academy

May 19, 2019

The demand for qualified individuals to enter the health care field continues to grow exponentially all across our nation. The call for skilled and compassionate certified Nursing Assistants is particularly urgent right now at senior care centers – including here in Kitsap County!

Now is an excellent time to consider a first step into a career in health care by becoming a certified Nursing Assistant.

Martha & Mary Nursing Assistant Training Academy, a State-approved and tuition-free program, is your best and quickest route for taking that step successfully!

What do certified Nursing Assistants do?

Sometimes referred to as CNAs or NACs, certified Nursing Assistants are at the very heart of any senior care center. Essential members of the clinical team, they play a vital role in helping to ensure the health and wellbeing of aging seniors who require round-the-clock medical supervision and care.

Nursing Assistants directly support licensed nurses by performing important care tasks, like taking residents’ vital signs and documenting changes in the delicate condition of their charges.

Responsible for helping residents with activities of daily living, including eating, dressing, bathing and basic mobility, Nursing Assistants play a central role in maintaining the quality of life and dignity of each person in their care.

How do you become a certified Nursing Assistant?

Nursing Assistants must be certified by the State of Washington to perform their duties. Certification first requires the successful completion of a State-approved training program, allowing individuals the authorization to sit for Washington State’s Nursing Assistant Certification Exam. Certification is ultimately obtained once the State’s exam is successfully passed.

Martha & Mary Nursing Assistant Training Academy

Martha & Mary offers a State-approved and tuition-free Nursing Assistant training program.

The five-week class, taught by a licensed nurse and located at Martha & Mary Health and Rehab Center in Downtown Poulsbo, requires full-time attendance and focused dedication.

Students first encounter classroom learning, including reading, videos and hands-on skill training in the facility’s training laboratory. They put their learning into practice during the second half of class by caring for senior residents at Martha & Mary Health and Rehab Center, under the careful and supportive oversight of an experienced nursing team.

Why choose Martha & Mary Nursing Assistant Training Academy?

Academy graduates boast an over 80% passing rate for the State’s certification exam. This is boosted, no doubt, by the small class-size (no more than 20 students per class), an outstanding and experienced program instructor, and the ability of program graduates to take their certification exam in the same facility they received their training.

Class participants love that the academy enables them to begin their new profession right away! All students are encouraged to apply for Nursing Assistant positions with Martha & Mary and the organization pays the State’s $124 testing fee for each graduate they hire.

Exemplifying the programs’ tagline (train, work, grow with us), over the years many program graduates have gone on to more advanced-level health care jobs and roles at Martha & Mary — and beyond!

How to apply

Martha & Mary Nursing Assistant Training program is currently accepting applications from community members who are 18 years of age or older!

Applying for the program is a three-step process.

  1. Submit a completed Nursing Assistant Certification Training Program Application to Martha & Mary by the application deadline.
  2. Attend an Information Session at Martha & Mary Health and Rehab Center.  At this session, applicants are asked to complete a background check application and take a short test to verify basic reading comprehension and math skills.
  3. Attend an Interview with the program instructor at Martha & Mary Health and Rehab Center (by request only).

How to find out more

Visit to find out more about this valuable program, including upcoming class dates and application deadlines.  Or contact Martha & Mary directly at 360.779.7500 or via email at

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