CNAs in Oregon can obtain two levels of certification administered by the Oregon State Board of Nursing. However, candidates must receive training from an accredited institution before registering for the state exam. The Oregon State Board of Nursing requires CNA training programs to provide 150 hours of training including a minimum of 75 hours supervised clinical training. Candidates, who completed training in another state, must complete a minimum of 75 hours of training in Oregon to become eligible for the state certification exam. Nurse aides must complete the first level of training and obtain certification before attempting the CNA II Certification. Oregon certified nursing assistants must also obtain certification to administer medicine to patients. Accredited medication aide training programs followed by the state exam prepare CNAs to function as certified medication aides (CMAs).
Caregiving Training Institute
Nursing Assistant I students at Caregiving Training Institute learn the skills required to succeed as an Oregon State Certified Nursing Assistant I (CNA-1). During the 155-hour training, students participate in active classroom discussions, practice new skills during lab, and complete the training with practicum at a nursing facility in the community. Online classes, delivered via Virtual Zoom, requires on-campus visits to complete the lab requirements (32 hours) as well as 75 hours in a clinical setting. Accelerated classes, day and evening classes, weekend classes, virtual zoom classes, and online self-directed training options are available. Class duration ranges from 3 weeks to 30 days.
- Must be at least 16 years of age – applicants under 18 must obtain a signature from a parent or legal guardian
- Must be able to pass a state and national criminal background check and 10-panel drug screening
- Must be able to read, write and communicate in English
- Must certify absence of contagious disease and be physically and mentally fit to perform the required duties
- Complete an Online Information Session – must be completed at least 5 days before registration begins
- Must provide a current government-issued photo ID with legal name and date of birth
Tuition for the traditional class is $1,425. The online NA-I program costs $175. The required substance abuse test costs $55. Additional costs include textbook, workbook, CPR certification, medical equipment, a wristwatch with a second hand, uniforms, state exam fee, and immunizations.
- Website: http://cnatrainingoregon.com/
- Address: 13909 SE Stark St Portland, OR 97233
- Phone: (503) 257.0117
- Fax: (503) 257.0119
Prestige Care sponsors CNA training programs whenever there are job openings at the senior healthcare facility. The classes run for 5 to 7 weeks based on the type of schedule. Training will require attendance of all classroom sessions, lab practice, and clinical rotations to complete the educational requirements for state certification. Course topics include body structure and function, infection control, vital signs, nutrition, safety and emergency procedures, hospice care, range of motion exercises, and personal care. Space is limited, and there might be a waiting list for admission. Nursing homes provide a good way to receive free CNA training and guaranteed employment upon completion. Graduates of the program can take the state certification exam.
- Must be 18 years or older
- Pass a criminal background check and drug screening
- Complete a satisfactory medical demonstration good physical and mental health
- Submit negative TB test results
Tuition is free for eligible candidates. Prestige Care will cover the cost of training and the state exam.
- Website: https://www.prestigecare.com/about-prestige/careers-at-prestige
- Address: 5330 NE Prescott St. Portland, OR
- Phone: (503) 288-6585
Mt. Hood Community College
Mt Hood Community College offers Certified Nursing Assistant training that is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN). The program is 155 hours of instruction in the classroom, skills lab, and long-term care facility. It aims to prepare students for the state exam and entry-level employment as a nurse aide. Mt. Hood offers the program in a traditional format and as Vocational ESL Nursing Assistant training. The State of Oregon requires individuals to train before providing basic care in adult care homes. Interested persons must attend a mandatory information session – a schedule of sessions is available on the school’s website. Day or evening schedules are available. Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 3:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
- Attend a nursing information session
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must submit an application for admission
- Pass a criminal background check and drug screen
- Must be in good physical and mental health
- Submit documentation of current immunization
- Obtain a negative TB test report
Tuition costs $1,595 plus additional fees.
- Website: http://www.mhcc.edu/cna/
- Address: 26000 SE Stark Street, Gresham, Oregon 97030
- Phone: 503-491-6422
Clackamas Nursing Assistant Training
Clackamas Nursing Assistant Training offers a CNA-1 training program that is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN). The curriculum includes classroom, lab, and clinical internship as outlined by the state board. Course topics include basic nursing skills, the role and responsibility of the nurse aide, body structure and function, infection control, hospice care, Alzheimer’s care, nutrition, and personal care. Certain crimes will prevent certification as a CNA. Graduates will receive a certificate of completion that will make them eligible to take the state competency exam.
- Must be able to read, speak, and write English
- Complete a criminal background check
- Must be able to read at the sixth-grade level
- Complete Healthcare Provider CPR certification class
- Pay the non-refundable deposit of $75 – that will be applied to the tuition.
Tuition for the program is $1100 and includes the textbook, criminal background check, stethoscope, blood pressure equipment, gait belt, and name tag. The non-refundable deposit of $75 will be applied to the tuition. Students must cover the cost for CPR certification, OSBN exam, drug screen, TB test, scrubs, and background check.
- Website: http://www.clackamascna.com/index.htm
- Address: 11875 SE 129th Ave. Happy Valley, OR 97086
- Phone: 503-709-6560
- Email: Lyn@ClackamasCNA.com
Clackamas Community College
Clackamas Community College prepares nursing assistant students for a fulfilling career in health. Students acquire the knowledge and skills to provide basic level nursing care. The curriculum includes theory and practical instruction that covers the introduction to health care facilities, patient needs, body structure and function, body mechanics, preventing infection, and mental health. The program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing and consists of 150 contact hours, including 75 hours of lecture and 75 hours of clinical experience. The entire program is 11 weeks, and the clinical experience begins during the sixth week. Graduates will be eligible to take the state competency exam and will earn 7 college credits. New admissions are accepted in the summer, fall, and spring semester.
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- High school students may apply with written authorization from their high school counselor
- Submit documentation of current immunization and TB test – Tdap. Varicella, MMR, Hepatitis B
- Must have CPR Certification through the American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support Providers course
- Complete reading and writing competencies measured by CCC placement test or previous college coursework
- Placement exam scores must be at least WR-121 and RD-115
- Attend a mandatory orientation session and secure documentation needed to complete the drug screen and background check
- Complete the steps for background check and drug screen before registering for the class
Tuition includes criminal background check costs, AHA CPR for Healthcare Professionals, a drug screen, textbooks, name badge, and state exam fee.
- Website: https://www.clackamas.edu/academics/departments-programs/nursing-assistant-1-and-2
- Address: 19600 Molalla Avenue, Oregon City, Oregon 97045
- Phone: 503-594-6000
The nurse aide program at Marquis is designed for adults who are interested in preparing for a career with Marquis Companies. The state approved program includes classroom theory and clinical rotations to help students prepare for the state exam. Topics covered include basic nursing skills, infection control, medical terminology, the role of the nurse aide, vital signs, communication, personal care and hygiene, and patients’ rights and independence. The duration of the training is 6 weeks.
- Must be able to pass a criminal background check
- Must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States
- Must meet the physical requirements of the position – includes the ability to lift 50 lb and stand for long periods of time
- Must be able to read, speak and write English
- Must have a passion for caring for the senior population
Marquis covers the cost of training and certification for all students.
- Website: https://www.marquiscompanies.com/naclass/
- Address: 6040 SE Belmont St., Portland. OR 97215
- Phone: 971-206-5200
The nurse aide curriculum at TLC Education operates with the approval of the Oregon State Board of Nursing. It provides 80.5 hours of classroom and skills lab and 75 hours of clinical practicum for a total 155.5 hours. Instructors use lectures, group activities, class discussion, and exams to deliver the content in the classroom. The skills lab sessions provide an opportunity for students to learn, practice and demonstrate the skills required to care for patients in a long-term care facility. The clinical sessions are conducted in local health care facilities where students apply the skills learned under the supervision of a licensed nurse instructor. Graduates will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible to take the state certification exam to become a nursing assistant. Day classes meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm. Evening classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 pm to 9:30 pm.
- Attend an orientation session before the first day of class
- Must make plans to attend all classes including the first day
- Must be able to read, write and speak English
- Must provide a record of a negative TB test result
- Pass a criminal background check and screen
- Must have a current CPR card through American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers
Tuition for the program is $1,335. It includes a drug screen and background check. Other costs include CPR course, textbook, gait belt, stethoscope, scrubs, and uniforms.
- Website: https://www.pdxnursing.com/
- Address: 3102 SE Holgate Blvd, Portland, OR 97202
- Phone: 503-915-7905
Moore Nursing Consulting, LLC
The NA-1 classes conducted by Moore Nursing Consulting, LLC prepares students for state certification and employment in long-term care. The curriculum covers 155 hours of theory and practical activities include 80 hours in the classroom and 75 hours at a designated nursing facility. Graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion and be eligible to take the state certification exam. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm for 20 days.
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Must be able to read, write, and communicate in English
- Attend a program orientation
- Complete a background check and drug screen
- Must have current CPR – BLS for Health Care Providers from the American Red Cross
Tuition for the program is $1,500. It includes the textbook, name tag, TB test screening, drug screening, AHA-BLS CPR, school supplies, criminal background check, and OSBN booklet. Students must cover the costs for uniforms, watch with a second hand, and athletic shoes.
- Website: https://moorenurseconsulting.com/nursing-assistant-1
- Address: 180 E Main St., Suite 201, Hillsboro, OR 97123
- Phone: (503) 523-4806
Avamere offers adults the opportunity to prepare for CNA certification and employment at Laurelhurst Village. The free nursing assistant classes are provided in partnership with Caregiving Training Institute. Students will learn how to check residents and meet their personal care needs, review care plans to adjust if needed, appraise the nurse supervisor of any changes in the resident’s condition, assist residents with daily care needs, maintain a warm and cheerful environment for patients, and keep rooms tidy. Day and weekend classes are available. Day classes meet Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. Weekend classes meet from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
- Must have a minimum 10th-grade education
- Must be able to maintain resident confidentiality
- Must be able to communicate effectively
- Must pass a criminal background check and drug screen
Tuition is free. Avamere offers employees several benefits include tuition reimbursement for nursing school after the first year of employment.
- Website: https://www.avamere.com/cna-life-at-laurelhurst-village/
- Address: 3060 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214
- Phone: 503-535-4700