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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 155 (53 online theory, 27 lab, 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:
$2,500 tuition (includes $200 non-refundable application fee). Financial assistance may be available through WorkSource Rogue Valley.

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

Class Dates Application Deadline
Spring term 2022: April 11 - June 2 March 25, 2022
Fall term 2022: September 6 – October 19 September 1, 2022

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.

To apply, complete a Nursing Assistant Program Screening Application. You will receive an email about scheduling an interview. Once your interview is complete, you will be emailed instructions for paying your $200 application fee.

You will receive an email with instructions on how to initiate a background check, drug screen and other requirements through Verified Credentials, LLC. It is very important that you begin this process immediately. Watch for it in your inbox with a subject line - RCC NA program. These must all be completed, uploaded and verified one week prior to the 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 [email protected]

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


Continuing Education & Workforce Development
[email protected]
541-956-7303