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Nursing Assistant I

Nursing Assistant I Program, a nurse with a heart in her scrubs pocketThe Nursing Assistant I program meets the requirements of the Oregon State Board of Nursing for students wishing to become nursing assistants at training level 1 (e.g., CNA-1). Students who successfully complete this coursework will be able to apply to take the certification exam through the Oregon State Board of Nursing. Students will study patient care, nutrition, safety, legal/ethical issues, physical and mental disease processes, vital signs and infection control, emergency care, and interpersonal skills. Students will be placed in long-term care clinical sites in Josephine or Jackson County to practice their nursing assistant skills during the clinical section of the course.

The total course hours are 155 (80 online theory/skills lab hours and 75 clinical hours). Class times vary, but in general class will meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for 6 weeks. Lab portions are usually from 8 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. for 3 weeks and clinicals are 5:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. for 3 weeks.

Program costs:
$200 non-refundable application fee on tentative approval + $1825 tuition. Financial assistance is available through SOHOPE and WorkSource. Contact Gwen Morgan, RN, BSN: for more information.

To learn more about the Nursing Assistant I program, view the short informational presentation here.

The Nursing Assistant I program is limited entry and qualified applicants are accepted on a first come-first-serve basis. To apply for entrance in the Nursing Assistant I program, please complete a screening application here.

You will be notified via email as to whether your application is tentatively approved or denied. Upon tentative approval you will be required to:

  • pay a non-refundable $200 application fee
  • upload your driver’s license, or picture ID
  • submit your immunization record at the Verified Credentials website
  • provide a current CPR Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider card from American Heart Association
  • pass a criminal history background check (Verified Credentials Instructions will be sent upon program approval)
  • drug testing Due Date to Be Determined- As part of the cohort you will be required to take a random drug screen prior to clinical placement.  The date and time of the drug screen is at the college’s discretion, typically you are given a 72-hour window to submit to testing and this may take place prior to the start of classes.  Failure to appear for your drug screen may result in removal from the program.  You will receive a code via e-mail with notification to report to your drug screen.  

Click the link to review the Oregon Department of Human Services criminal history requirements and policies located in Division 7.

Click the link to review the Oregon Board of Nursing’s criminal history requirements and policies found in Division 1 of the Nurse Practice Act.

The Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) requires applicants for certification to provide fingerprints in order for OSBN to conduct a national criminal history record check. This will be a part of the process after program completion when you apply to test. (Criminal history/background check information.) Please view the potentially disqualifying conditions.                

Nursing Assistant Program Coordinator
Gwen Morgan, RN, BSN

Oregon State Board of Nursing
Phone: 971-673-0685

Continuing Education & Workforce Development