Q: WHAT IS AN NA?
A: NA stands for NURSING ASSISTANT.
Q: WHAT IS AN NAR?
A: NAR stands for NURSING ASSISTANT-REGISTERED. This is a license that makes you eligible to work in a nursing home for up to 120 days prior to becoming a certified aide.
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 examinations.
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: CAN I MAKE PAYMENTS?
A: Each situation is dealt with on an individual basis. You either have to pay-in-full ($750.00) at the time of registration or the reservation fee of $150.00 and the tuition balance of $600.00 within 14 days following the date of registration (or) by the first day of class, whichever comes first. 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.
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.
If other arrangements are needed there are a couple of other options, although there is a limit to the number of students allowed to pay according to option number (1) below. There is no limit to the number of individual's paying according to option number (2).
1. Payment of the deposit of $150.00, one-half of balance paid on first day of class and the second-half of balance due no later than on the second Thursday of the session.
2. (The layaway plan) includes the payment of at least a portion of the deposit amount then weekly payment arrangements. The individual can start training when the remaining balance is no more than $100.00 and the arrangements will include a pay-off no later than on the second Thursday of the session.
Q: HOW LONG IS THE TRAINING PROGRAM?
A: 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: WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A FREE TRAINING PROGRAM, A PROGRAM THAT STATES 'ONE FEE' COVERS ALL EXPENSES AND THE MEDPREP NURSING ASSISTANT TRAINING PROGRAM?
A: A free training program carries 'obligations' like:
1. An 'employment contract' of no less than one year for being provided the training.
2. A longer waiting period before taking the state exam so not to increase your wage.
3. A contract to repay what the facility feels it cost to train you (and it ends up more
than if you would have paid for your own training) in the event you don't like working
at the facility and leave prior to the end of the year.
The 'one fee' for all training program quotes a big price saying it covers everything but there are obvious omissions that will come out of your pocket and exaggerations to the contrary of how training is done. They will use scare tactics to try to make you believe that you have to wait for months to take the state test with any other training program when in reality they don't test any
sooner than another program. Two to three weeks post training is normal test taking time.
The MEDPREP nursing assistant training program provides you the opportunity to work where ever you want, even at the nursing home facility that offers the free training. But instead, they are required to 'reimburse' to you the tuition expense you paid for your education.
Washington State has a quarterly training reimbursement program that EVERY nursing home is entitled to based on their Medicaid percentage rate. The facility receives back from the state on every dollar spent on training the percentage they are entitled to. ie...97% means the facility receives 97 cents back on every dollar.
MEDPREP has a job board, brochures and business cards from local employers. Agencies and healthcare facilities come together every couple of months for a 'job fair' at the school offering employment to the students.
All testing and licensing applications are submitted at the end of the training session and the average test taking time is fourteen to twenty-one days following training.
Join the program that provides you the opportunity to work in nursing homes, the hospital, in a private home or with an agency.
The MEDPREP program also prepares you for entry into any nursing program.
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 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 programs.
Q: HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO ATTEND THE PROGRAM?
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 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. Visit www.scrub-city.net 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 attending class.
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: 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 LANGUAGE?
A: YES. An assessment that is provided upon registering for a session will evaluate the candidates ability to read, write, and comprehend English as it is the only language spoken at the school or while visiting a healthcare facility to do the clinical internship.