The Nursing Assistant training program prepares students to assist with patient care and function as an effective member of the healthcare team. The program consists of 100 hours of classroom and lab instruction and 75 hours of hands on, supervised clinical training in a long term nursing facility. Students will be actively involved in the classroom with lectures, videos, guest speakers, and skills lab time. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible to sit for the Oregon State Board of Nursing Certified Nursing Assistant examination.
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Professional opportunities for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) include working under the supervision of a licensed registered nurse (RN) or a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in a long term facility, a hospital, or in home health. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, CNA jobs are increasing in number, making it an optimal career path. Positions for CNA’s are expected to grow an estimated 19% over the next ten years, which is a faster rate than the national average. Better yet, working as a CNA provides an exceptional foundation upon which to build a professional career in healthcare.
Program Eligibility Criteria
- Be able to read, write and communicate English fluently.
- Be able to meet the physical and mental demands of working as a CNA
- Pass a criminal background check. Click here for a list of Oregon DHS disqualifying Crimes.
- Complete a TB test
- Complete an American Heart Association CPR class.