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LPN Apprenticeship Program Description

LPN Apprenticeship Program Description

Level up your nursing career in long-term care!

The long-term care sector is growing, and qualified workers are in high demand. Are you a passionate and driven nursing assistant certified (NAC) interested in advancing your career and/or making the switch to long-term care? This LPN Apprenticeship program might be the perfect fit for you!

Sponsored by the Washington Health Care Association (WHCA), this pilot apprenticeship program provides opportunities for CNAs to complete the coursework and training required to become a Licensed Practical Nurse, while working in a skilled nursing facility. Apprentices will complete coursework through Edmonds College, with 50% of their tuition covered by the program.

Interested applicants MUST apply to the Edmonds College Practical Nursing program by June 14th and must complete an additional application for the LPN Apprenticeship program.


Apprenticeship Details

WHCA is recruiting 10 apprentices for this pilot cohort. Once selected, apprentices will need to successfully apply for employment with one of our participating skilled nursing facilities. WHCA will help connect apprentices with these potential employers but does not make any employment-related decisions and cannot guarantee employment with any of our participating skilled nursing facilities.

Apprentices who successfully apply for employment will begin work in these facilities in July and/or August, before the Edmonds College PN program starts in September. Previous experience in long-term care is not required, but applicants should be committed to continuing their career in the long-term care sector after completing their apprenticeship.

Lectures will be taught virtually, and labs will be held on-site at Edmonds College (Lynnwood) once a week. In addition, apprentices will complete 300 hours of clinical work, with approximately 150 at the employer’s facility, and 2000+ hours of paid on-the-job training (OJT) in their long-term care facilities.


  • Paid on-the-job training starting at $23.75 to $29.45 per hour (additional wage and benefit information to be provided by the applicable skilled nursing facility during the employment application process)
  • 50% of tuition costs covered


  • Cost of equipment coverage
  • PN tech license fee coverage
  • NCLEX text prep and fee coverage
  • Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you will be paid at or above the rate of an LPN with 1.5 years of experience at the facility where you are employed.


  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be a certified Nurse Assistant in good standing within the state of Washington
  • Have completed the prerequisites outlined in the readiness checklist
  • Have an interest in pursuing a career in long term care
  • Located within commuting distance of Edmonds College
  • Washington State resident
  • Hard working, compassionate
  • Patient-orientated


  • Maintain a grade of 3.0 or higher in each course of the virtual and in person academic components
  • Participate in clinical and on the job trainings at participating facilities
  • Obtain PN tech license in second quarter of academic year
  • Report data relating to academic progress and training hours to relevant parties
  • Conduct oneself to the standards outlined in the Certified Nurse Assistant and LPN Nurse tech license.


How to Apply

If you have further questions, please contact


About WHCA

Washington Health Care Association (WHCA) represents skilled nursing and assisted living facilities throughout the state. We support long-term care providers through education, training, advocacy, and community to ensure that seniors and other Washingtonians who require long-term care receive the highest quality services. WHCA is sponsoring the LPN Apprenticeship program to strengthen the foundation of qualified caregivers in our state.

This is an apprenticeship opportunity sponsored by Washington Health Care Association. WHCA is not the employer, and selected applicants will not be employed or contracted by WHCA.

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