What IBEST programs are at WCC?
- Medical Interpreter
- NAC (Nursing Assistant Certified)
Click here for Summary of 2018-19 IBEST options.
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.
This one-quarter Medical Interpreter IBEST provides the educational foundation and skills essential to becoming a medical interpreter. After completing this IBEST program students may take the Washington State-DSHS Medical Interpretation examination or one of the national examinations to become a certified medical interpreter. Courses include Fundamentals of Medical Interpreting, Medical Terminology, and Medical Computing along with an IBEST support class. These credits may also be used towards a Medical Assisting Degree or a Chemical Dependency Professional Degree. Students must be fluent in English and at least one other language to qualify.
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 2018 or Spring 2019. 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.
Medical Interpreter I-BEST is one quarter long and starts Winter 2019. Students must be fluent in English and at least one other language. Seats are limited and are open until filled. If you are interested, please contact Transitional Learning Programs at 360.383.3060.
Nursing Assistant Certified I-BEST is one quarter long and offered Spring 2019. 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.