The Nursing Assistant courses meet the education requirements for individuals wishing to become CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistants) in Oregon. Nursing assistants perform routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. Duties include but are not limited to:
- Answering patient call bells
- Serving meals
- Helping patients eat, dress, and bathe
- Taking temperatures, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure
- Helping patients get in and out of bed and walk
After successful completion of a nursing assistant course, you will be eligible for the certification exam through the Oregon State Board of Nursing.
Nursing Assistant courses (NA101 and the associated clinical course NA101C) are offered summer, fall, winter and spring terms. While the lab and classroom work takes place in White City on the Table Rock Campus, clinical experience may take place in the Medford or Grants Pass areas.
A mandatory orientation (search the schedule of classes for .250 NA101 Nursing Assistant Orientation) as the first step toward being allowed to enroll in the NA101 course and is open to a limited number of students. Please see the Nursing Assistant Program flyer for more information.
NOTE: .250 registration for the Summer 2014 NA101 course opens at 7:30 AM Monday, June 2, 2014.
Criminal Background Check
Following the mandatory orientation (.250) you must meet deadlines for submission of fingerprints and other items to initiate the required criminal history background check and to be given the permission code and instructions for registering for NA101 and NA101C.
- Nursing Assistant Permanent Disqualifying Crimes
- Potentially Disqualifying Crimes
- OSBN Fingerprint FAQs
Employment Outlook: Above average
Nursing assistants employed in nursing homes are often the principal caregivers, having far more contact with residents than other members of the staff. Since some residents may stay in a nursing home for months or even years, aides develop ongoing relationships with them and interact with them in a positive, caring way.
Most full-time nursing assistants work about 40 hours a week, but because patients need care 24 hours a day, some CNAs work evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays. Many work part-time. CNAs spend many hours standing and walking, and they often face heavy workloads. Because they may have to move patients in and out of bed or help them stand or walk, aides must guard against back injury. Nursing assistants may also face hazards from minor infections and major diseases such as hepatitis, but can avoid infections by following proper procedures.
- Josephine and Jackson County 2012 average hourly and annual salary: $12.77/hour; $26,571/year
- Oregon Employment Department
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (National)