Important Update Regarding Nursing Assistant License Fees

Important Update Regarding Nursing Assistant License Fees

The Department of Health (department) anticipates filing rules to increase fees for several health professions. These fee increases are necessary to meet the requirement in law for all health professions to be self-supporting, which includes preventing and correcting budget deficits, and maintaining reserves to cover unexpected program costs.

As part of this process, the department has developed specific cost information for each profession impacted. We are also providing an opportunity for licensees to participate in a workshop/webinar to share this information and the anticipated fee increase. This workshop will be held before we file proposed fee rules. You will still have the opportunity to provide comment on the proposed fee amount during the rules process (see timeline below). The overview of costs specific to the Nursing Assistant program is linked Here

The anticipated increased fee for initial application is $85 and $95 for renewal an increase of 33% over the current $65 application and $70 renewal fee.

Anticipated Rulemaking Timeline:

Date Task
Feb 28, 2019 Hold stakeholder meeting to provide overview of program costs
March 2019 File proposed fee rules (CR102)
April 2019 Hold hearing on proposed fee rules
June 2019 Adopt final fee rules (CR103)
Starting July 2019 Send out renewal notices with new fee amount
October 1, 2019 Effective date of new fees

We invite you to participate in the public stakeholder workshop on February 28, 2019, at the location and times listed. (in person or dial in-option)

In Person Address:  Washington Department of Health, Point Plaza East, Room 152/153. 310 Israel Road SE Tumwater, WA 98501

Agenda  Time*
Introduction by department staff 11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Allopathic Physicians & Physician Assistants 11:50 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Chiropractors 12:10 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Nursing Assistants 12:30 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Massage 12:50 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Animal Massage 1:10 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

*These are estimated timeframes. Please plan on joining the call a few minutes early in case of schedule adjustments. 

You may also participate via GoToMeeting by following the instructions below. 

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (224) 501-3412 Access Code: 677-835-829 Joining from a video-conferencing room or system? Dial: Cisco devices: 677835829@ First GoToMeeting? Let’s do a quick system check:

For questions about this workshop, please contact Nathan Markiewicz at

For questions about your profession, please contact Tracie at the email listed below.

Tracie Drake, Assistant Program Manager, Health Systems Quality Assurance,  Nursing Assistant Program

Washington State Department of Health