Several Oregon institutions offer Oregon State Board of Nursing-approved CNA (certified nursing assistant) programs, including around 20 public schools. Typical admissions requirements to these programs include a background check and current immunizations. Applicants to CNA 2 programs also need current CNA 1 certification. Programs are offered in the form of courses but do not lead to the award of academic certificates. They do, however, include practicum and clinical training opportunities.
Below are program overviews for the state's 10 largest, followed by a comparison table that includes tuition information.
Central Oregon Community College
Central Oregon Community College offers 2 nursing assistant programs at its campus in Bend. The CNA 1 course teaches students about basic nursing procedures, communication skills and methods for maintaining patients' confidentiality. Students also complete clinical experiences in long-term care facilities and acute care facilities, such as nursing homes and hospitals. Students who enroll in the CNA 2 program learn about job safety and infection control techniques while further developing their interpersonal skills. Curriculum also includes a clinical training session in an acute care facility.
Chemeketa Community College
Chemeketa Community College offers a basic nurse assistant course at its Salem campus. Classroom instruction for the nurse assistant program takes place 3 times a week. Students also complete clinical practice at a local long-term healthcare facility.
Clackamas Community College
This 2-year public school's CNA 1 and CNA 2 training programs are available at the Harmony Community Campus in Milwaukie, Oregon. The CNA 1 course requires the completion of 7 credits and is offered each term. Students develop the skills necessary to perform basic nursing duties through 75 hours of classroom instruction and skills labs as well as a 75-hour practicum. The 3-credit CNA 2 program requires the completion of 64 hours of classroom and lab training in addition to a 24-hour clinical practicum.
Lane Community College
Aspiring nursing assistants can explore training options available at Lane Community College's Downtown Campus in Eugene. The CNA 1 program consists of 2 courses covering such topics as human anatomy and physiology, infection prevention, communication skills and medical terminology. Instruction for this 158-hour program is divided between classroom lectures and clinical experiences. Lane Community College also offers a 6-week CNA 2 program that provides students with 52 hours of classroom instruction and 25 hours of clinical practice.
Linn-Benton Community College
Linn-Benton Community College offers nurse assistant training programs at several locations throughout Oregon, including its main campus in Albany. Training also takes place at local healthcare facilities, such as Mennonite Village of Albany and Samaritan Health Services. The CNA 1 course covers topics in restorative and personal patient care skills, infection control and patient rights, while the CNA 2 program includes instruction in the proper techniques for using therapeutic devices, monitoring patient behaviors and promoting patient independence. Applicants with 6 months of work experience as CNAs are preferred for admission to the CNA 2 program.
Mt. Hood Community College
Mt. Hood Community College's Business & Industry Workforce Training division administers the nursing assistant program on the school's campus in Gresham. The CNA 1 program includes classroom lectures as well as 80 hours of clinical training. Students are required to attend an information session prior to the start of the program, which is available for enrollment during each academic term. Mt. Hood Community College offers prospective students the option of pursuing the entire program at the Gresham campus or combining onsite instruction with online training. The CNA 2 program consists of 60 hours of classroom and lab work along with a practicum of 28 hours.
Portland Community College
Located in Portland, this community college's CLIMB for Health Professionals division offers prospective students 2 CNA training programs. The CNA 1 program includes a combination of classroom and laboratory instruction in addition to clinical practice in a nursing facility or hospital. Courses are offered on a flexible schedule that includes day and evening sessions.
Students in the CNA 2 program complete 24 hours of clinical training in a hospital; classroom and lab work account for an additional 40 hours of instruction. Students are awarded a certificate of completion after fulfilling all CNA 1 or CNA 2 program requirements.
Treasure Valley Community College
Treasure Valley Community College is situated in Ontario and offers a nursing assistant course that consists of 150 hours of classroom, lab and clinical instruction. Students learn techniques for bathing and feeding patients as well as monitoring their vital signs. They also study healthcare terminology and infection control procedures.
Umpqua Community College
Umpqua Community College features 2 nursing assistant programs at its 100-acre campus in Roseburg. The 164-hour nursing assistant program consists of 7 weeks of coursework where students observe demonstrations of proper nursing techniques and participate in class lectures. Students also complete 3 weeks worth of clinical experiences. Umpqua Community College's CNA 2 program is available to students who would like an additional 60 hours of training.
Nursing assistants in Oregon must earn an entry-level certification known as CNA 1. This credential requires applicants to complete a training program approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN). Curriculum must include 75 hours of classroom lectures and lab work in addition to 75 hours of clinical instruction. Applicants also need to pass a competency examination and background checks.
Current CNAs who would like to take on additional patient care responsibilities can pursue CNA 2 certification. This designation also requires passing scores on a competency exam after completing an OSBN-approved CNA 2 program that includes a minimum of 10 hours of classroom and lab instruction as well as 24 hours of clinical experience.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||CNA Programs Offered||Program Tuition|
|Central Oregon Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Certified Nursing Assistant Level 1 Course,
Certified Nursing Assistant Level 2-Acute Care Course
| $93 per credit in-district;
$125 per credit out-of-district;
$256 per credit out-of-state (2015-2016)*
|Chemeketa Community College||2-year, public; midsize suburb||Basic Nurse Assistant Course,||$1,200, includes tuition, fees, textbook and supplies (2016)*|
|Clackamas Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Nursing Assistant 1 Course,
Certified Nursing Assistant 2 - Acute Care Program
| $90 per credit in-state;
$257 per credit out-of-state (2015-2016)*
|Lane Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Nursing Assistant Program,
CNA 2 Acute Care Program
| $1,058 (CNA 1);
$699 (CNA 2) (2016)*
|Linn-Benton Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Nursing Assistant Level 1 Course,
Certified Nursing Assistant 2 - Acute Care Course
| $135 ($260 for online course) (CNA 1);
$750 (CNA 2) (2016)*
|Mt. Hood Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Nursing Assistant Program
Nursing Assistant 2
| $1,595 (Nursing Assistant)
$995 (Nursing Assistant 2) (2016)*
|Portland Community College||2-year, public; large city|| CNA-1 Nursing Assistant Program,
CNA-2 Acute Care Nursing Assistant Program
| $1,500 (CNA 1);
$1,095 (CNA 2) (Spring 2016)*
|Treasure Valley Community College||2-year, public; distant town||Certified Nursing Assistant Course|| $650 in-state,
$700 out-of-state (2016)*
|Umpqua Community College||2-year, public; remote town|| Nursing Assistant Course,
Certified Nursing Assistant 2 Acute Care Course
| $1,115 (Nursing Assistant Course);
$513.50 (CNA 2)
Sources: *Schools' websites