CNA Summer Program


Current eleventh grade students attending Tacoma Public Schools (Ages 16+ at start of program.) Students must commit to attending every day of the three-week session, and taking the state certification exam.
Selected applicants will be subject to a background check, and two-step tuberculous (TB) screening.

Program Contact:

Merilee Tanbara
Program Coordinator, Healthcare Careers Academy
(253) 571-1367 /

What is the CNA Summer Program program?

A partnership between Tacoma Public Schools, the City of Tacoma, Divine CNA Training, and Multicare Health Systems, this program is an opportunity for high school students to earn a CNA certification during the summer.

Up to twenty Tacoma Public High School students will be selected to participate in this FREE three-week program. Students must be 16 years of age or older when the program begins.

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​Why become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?

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CNA employment opportunities will grow by 17% by the year 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Medicine is the third largest employment sector in both the U.S. as a whole and the Tacoma metropolitan region. 

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Earning a CNA can provide an advantage in college applications. Many medical programs recommend or require earning a CNA as a first step, before RN or LPN courses.

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Participants begin with a two-week classroom learning experience designed to give them the knowledge necessary to work with patients. This is followed by a one-week hands-on clinical training at a nursing home and a two day practice session. Upon completion of the program students are qualified to take the Washington State Certified Nursing Assistant exam to receive their CNA certification.

April 24: Notify selected applicants
May 26: Program Orientation
July 6: Two-week classroom learning / Monday to Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
July 20: One-week clinical training / Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
July – Date TBD: Celebration with families.
August – Date TBD: Two-day practice session and State certification