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Nursing Assistant I

Nursing Assistant I Program, a nurse assisting an elderly ladyThe 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 158 (83 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. – 2:30 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 + $1825 tuition. : Financial assistance may be available through WorkSource Rogue Valley. Students who are not eligible for financial assistance may be eligible for a $250 scholarship made possible by the Colman Foundation.

To learn more about the Nursing Assistant I program, view the short Informational Presentation here.

Application Process:
The Nursing Assistant I program is limited entry and qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Applicants must be age 17 or older.

Class Dates Application Deadline
Spring term 2021: March 29  – May 5 March 15, 2021
Summer term 2021: July 13 – August 19 May 31, 2021
Fall term 2021: September 27 – November 3 August 29, 2021
2022 TBA  
  1. To apply for entrance in the Nursing Assistant I program, please complete a screening application here. After your screening application has been received you will be sent an email with instructions for paying your $200 non-refundable application fee.
  2. You will receive an email about scheduing an interview.
  3. You will be notified via email how to complete the Background Check, Drug Screen and other additional requirements. For information visit Criminal history/background check and potentially disqualifying conditions.     
  4. You will also receive an email giving you instructions on how to:
    • upload your driver’s license, or picture ID
    • submit your immunization record (see our Informational Presentation for more about immunizations)
    • provide a current CPR Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider card from American Heart Association
    • provide a current Tb test
    • the above must be accomplished one week prior to class start date/orientation

Upon completion of the Program, in preparation to take the Certification Exam, 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. Visit Criminal history/background check for information. Please view the potentially disqualifying conditions. You will receive information on how to do this at the end of your clinical rotation.           

Continuing Education & Workforce Development Director
Diane Hoover

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

Continuing Education & Workforce Development