What IBEST programs are at WCC?
- NAC (Nursing Assistant Certified)
The one quarter Academic IBEST program combines ENGL&101 and PSYC&100 with a support class. This program is designed to support students who are new to college or would benefit from additional academic and advising support.
Students register for ENGL&101 and PSYC&100 sections that have been aligned to optimize student success in both courses. Students also register for a support class where they will get additional support for both ENGL&101 and PSYC&100. All three instructors collaborate and work together to support student success.
The 3 quarter Healthcare IBEST offers classes to prepare students for Whatcom’s accredited Medical Assisting program, which prepares graduates to take the National Board exam to become certified medical assistants.
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Medical assistants work as a member of a health care team, performing a broad range of clinical and administrative tasks under the supervision of a doctor or nurse practitioner. The average wage for medical assistants in Whatcom County is $18.00 per hour.*
*Source: Washington State Employment Security Department, 2017
Nursing Assistant IBEST
This one quarter Nursing Assistant IBEST prepares students to take the exam to become certified nursing assistants (NAC). Nursing assistants help patients or residents with activities of daily living, including personal hygiene, eating, and mobility. Nursing assistants work under the direction of nurses and doctors. The average wage for nursing assistants in Whatcom County is $12.94 per hour.*
*Source: Washington State Employment Security Department, 2014
Academic IBEST is one quarter long and offered Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. Students enroll for ENGL&101 and PSYC&100 and a support class. Seats are limited and are open until filled. If you are interested please contact the AIM advisor at 360.383.3143.
Healthcare I-BEST is 3 quarters long and starts Fall 2018. Students attend 3 quarters (Fall, Winter, Spring). For best consideration apply by July 26, 2018. Students who successfully complete the program may apply for enrollment into Whatcom’s accredited Medical Assisting program. If you are interested please contact Transitional Learning Programs at 360.383.3060.
Nursing Assistant Certified I-BEST is one quarter long and offered Winter 2018. Applications will be available beginning October 1, 2017. NAC IBEST prepares students to take the exam to become certified nursing assistants. If you are interested please contact Transitional Learning Programs at 360.383.3060.