Sparrow Healthcare Education’s mission is to empower students while leading and inspiring them through education to care for the population in need of care in our community.
Christi Nance, RN, BSN, MSN
Christi has been a licensed nurse over 10 years with extensive management experience in the emergency department and in acute care. She has worked as a Chief Nursing Officer and as a Nursing instructor at Northwest University and Spokane Community College. Her instructional focus has been with the chronically ill and elderly patients. Christi also has been a Flight Nurse for the United State Air Force Reserve.
Instructor for Spokane and Yakima.
Co-Owner, CPR Instructor
Rob is co-owner and has been an excellent CPR, First-Aid instructor for Sparrow Healthcare Education. Rob serves in the community in his work and personal life. He is active with the local Chamber of Commerce.
Teresa has several years of Nursing Assistant experience. She is proficient in providing superior customer service and effective communication.
Allied Health Director
Amy Gattone, MSHEd, RMA
Amy has been a licensed Medical Assistant for many years, with extensive clinical, teaching, and management experience. She has worked as an MA in various clinics and as a Medical Assistant Instructor/Academic Dean. During her time in education, she has also rewritten, developed, implemented, and evaluated programs that train future professionals to enter into the workforce.
Allison is a Registered Nurse. She has extensive experience teaching CNA students. She has a passion for helping students learn and grow as they enter the healthcare field.
Karen Rutland, RN, MSN
Karen has been a licensed nurse since 2003. She has nursing experience at a managerial and director level for acute care, case management, hospice, and assisted living. Karen has previously served as the Director of Nursing of Beehive Homes of North Idaho among other leadership roles.
Maggie has been a Registered Nurse since 1979. She has many years of experience instructing healthcare education. She previously was an evaluator for the state Nursing Assistant testing.
Yakima Front Office Secretary
Sparrow Healthcare Education, LLC features an up-to-date facility with a reception area and three classrooms. The facility has large clinical lab areas in each classroom with all the needed supplies and equipment. Students will have access to a microwave, refrigerator, sink, tables, and chairs. Both male and female lavatories are available. There is free parking available in a well-lit parking lot. The facility is located on a main public transit route. This is an ADA-accessible facility with handicapped lavatories. Reasonable accommodation will be provided at the request of the student.
Classrooms are equipped with tables, chairs, AV equipment, and whiteboards.
Clinical Lab is equipped with all supplies needed to practice skills and care.
For the Nursing Assistant course, the maximum class size is 20 students with a ratio not to exceed 10:1 for clinical or lab.
Sparrow Healthcare Education, LLC does not discriminate against students or potential students on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability. Sparrow Healthcare Education, LLC acknowledges that information pertaining an applicant’s disability is voluntary and confidential, and will be made on an individual basis. If this information is presented, Sparrow Healthcare Education, LLC will reasonably attempt to provide an accommodation to overcome the effects of the limitation of the qualified applicant. All inquiries about the accommodations should be made to the Director upon registration of the program. To be qualified, an individual with a disability must meet the basic skill, education, training, and other eligibility of the program, and must be able to perform the essential functions of the program, either with or without reasonable accommodation; the employment and academic standards are the same for all individuals enrolled.
Students must have adequate English language proficiency as evidenced by: (WAC 490-105-140)
- A high school diploma from a high school where English is the primary language; or
- A high school equivalency or General Education Development (GED) certificate; or
- A passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language; or the International English Language Testing System or a similar proficiency exam; or
- A satisfactory evaluation of the applicant’s foreign course work that has been produced by a reputable organization specializing in such evaluation; or
- A passing score on the Ability to Benefit test (ATB) that has been published by the American College Testing Service (ACT) or reviewed and approved by the American Council on Education (ACE)
Students must pass a background check prior to the clinical experience. A criminal record does not immediately disqualify you from Nursing Assistant training but may interfere and limit the clinical placement and future job opportunities.
Students must have a negative 2-Step TB skin test within the last 24 months or provide a negative chest x-ray
Students must be able to physically perform the duties of a nursing assistant that include but not limited to: sitting, standing, lifting, moving, and transferring patients