CNA Training in Salem, Oregon with School and Program Overviews

There are at least three schools within 50 miles of Salem, Oregon, that have certified nursing assistant (CNA) training programs. Read an overview of two of these schools' programs, requirements and admission info, and find out which school is the right one for you.

Salem, Oregon, CNA Training Schools

This article looks at the two community colleges within 50 miles of Salem that offer nursing assistant training programs. These programs prepare students to obtain certification from the Oregon State Board of Nursing. The article also includes a table that enables prospective students to easily compare the schools in various important aspects, such as size and cost.

  • Chemeketa Community College offers a basic nurse assistant (CNA 1) program at its Salem campus. It also has a basic program and a CNA 2 Acute Care program at the Yamhill Valley campus, about 26 miles from Salem in McMinnville.
  • At Clackamas Community College, students can complete CNA 1 and 2 programs at the Harmony campus in North Clackamas, about 48 miles from Salem.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals who are trying to decide on a school for their CNA training need to consider many factors. This easy-to-use table puts all the information in one spot.

Chemeketa Community College Clackamas Community College
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 10,279 6,326
Campus Setting Midsize suburb Large suburb
Tuition (2017-2018)* $4,500 In-State
$11,790 Out-of-State
$4,614 In-State
$12,399 Out-of-State
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 79% 79%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Chemeketa Community College

Chemeketa Community College's CNA program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN). Chemeketa offers CNA 1 training at its main campus in Salem and CNA 1 and CNA 2 at the Yamhill Valley Campus. Both levels of training require classroom courses, lab work and clinical experience at an area healthcare facility.

Basic Nurse Assistant (CNA 1)

The basic nurse assistant program leading to the CNA 1 designation involves 80 hours of classes and 75 hours of clinical experience in a long-term care facility. Applicants must meet a specific reading comprehension score on a COMPASS or ASSET test or have an associate's degree, as well as pass a criminal background check and drug screening and present proof of CPR training. Classes are offered from 4-9:30 p.m. three evenings a week at the Salem campus and from 8 a.m. to noon at the Yamhill Valley campus. The program lasts approximately two months.

Clackamas Community College

Basic and acute care CNA training programs are offered at Clackamas Community College. Students must be at least 18 years old and pass a criminal background check and a drug screening. CPR certification and current immunizations are required, and applicants must demonstrate reading comprehension either by holding an associate's degree or through tests or coursework. The CNA courses are not required for students who intend to enter the registered nursing program, but they are recommended.

Nursing Assistant 1

This program teaches students to perform basic care tasks in a sub-acute setting. Students spend 75 hours in classes and lab exercises. Another 75 hours of supervised clinical experience in a real healthcare setting is required. Only 20 applicants are accepted each term.

CNA 2 - Gerontology Specialist

This is a 1-year certificate program to prepare students for working with the elderly. Students must take 19 credit hours of courses, which include topics such as death and dying, aging and the individual, and aging and the body.


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