CNA Training in Oregon with Certification Information

Research certified nursing assistant (CNA) training programs in Oregon, which currently has about eight colleges offering these programs. Read overviews of the training programs and get some quick facts for two Oregon schools to decide which program is right for you.

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Schools in Oregon Offering CNA Training

Both basic and advanced certified nursing assistant (CNA) programs, referred to as CNA 1 and 2, can be found at community colleges in Oregon. These programs generally require between 64-150 hours of coursework and clinical experiences depending on the level of study. Certified nursing assistants must have up-to-date certification from the state in order to work in Oregon. State CNA certification is administered by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN), and only those currently certified at the CNA 1 level are qualified for CNA 2 studies and certification exams.

Two of the largest community colleges in the state offering CNA studies are profiled below. Get details about program length and courses taken, and find facts about each school in the table appearing at the end of this article.

  • Portland Community College is located approximately seven miles south of downtown Portland. Both CNA 1 and 2 certification programs are available at this school.
  • Central Oregon Community College's CNA programs are among four nursing programs offered at this college. The school is situated just two miles outside of Bend's downtown district.

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Comparison of Schools

When searching for a CNA training program, it is often beneficial to learn all you can about each institution offering these studies. Below you will find helpful facts and statistics regarding each school's population, graduation rates, tuition, financial aid availability and more.

Portland Community College Central Oregon Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 30,929* 6,312*
Campus Setting Large city Small city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $3,766 (in-state)*
$8,374 (out-of-state)*
$3,555 (in-district)*
$4,599 (in-state)*
$9,135 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 50%* 69%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 100% (open admissions policy)* 100% (open admissions policy)*
Retention Rate (2014) 60%* 51%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014) 15%* 19%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Portland Community College

Portland Community College has been providing education programs since 1961. Located in Portland, Oregon, the college offers both CNA 1 and CNA 2 programs. The school also helps students apply for both levels of certification following the completion of the respective programs.

Certified Nursing Assistant 1 Certificate Program

The CNA 1 training program at Portland Community College requires 75 hours of classroom and lab work as well as 75 hours of skilled clinical practice. The school provides accelerated schedule options for students wishing to complete the program in a shorter time frame. Students in this program work under the instruction of professional nurses and learn how to provide patient care in clinics and hospitals.

Students may take the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) CNA 1 certification exam following completion of the program. The exam can be taken at school or at one of several testing centers.

Certified Nursing Assistant 2 Certificate Program

Those who have previously earned Certified Nursing Assistant 1 certification can begin the second level of CNA training. This program combines class time and clinical practicum to teach the skills necessary to work in acute care environments assisting with short-term treatment. Students learn to communicate with patients and family members, monitor patient vital signs and follow proper techniques for safety and cleanliness.

Central Oregon Community College

Located in Bend, Oregon, just a few miles from the Oregon portion of the Cascade Mountains, Central Oregon Community College (COCC) offers certificate and degree programs in nursing. Those interested in becoming certified nursing assistants can find CNA 1 and 2 training programs here.

Certified Nursing Assistant 1 Certificate Program

The CNA 1 program requires only one term at Central Oregon Community College, after which students will be eligible to take the OSBN CNA 1 examination. Students who earn this certificate can later enroll in COCC's registered nurse program. Space is limited, and departmental approval is required before registering.

Certified Nursing Assistant 2 Certificate Program

Dependent on student interest, COCC also offers a CNA 2 training program for nursing assistants in acute care facilities. In order to enroll, students must have current CNA 1 certification with the state.

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