Nursing Assistant

Nursing Assistants are vital parts of a health care team. They are responsible for direct patient care under the supervision of nursing staff. A Nursing Assistant 1 performs duties including feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, and moving patients. A Certified Nursing Assistant 2 may perform more complex patient care activities as determined by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN).

Nursing Assistant 1

Entry level Nursing Assistants are certified by the OSBN and must take a training course and pass a certification examination in order to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA-I). The Clatsop Community College Nursing Assistant course lasts approximately 11 weeks and is 155 total hours, with a minimum of 80 classroom hours and 75 hours of clinical experience. Individuals wishing to participate in the course will be required to pass a criminal background check, complete a 2-step tuberculosis (TB) screening, and provide evidence of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunization.

Certified Nursing Assistant 2

 

Individuals who hold current, unencumbered CNA-1 certificates in Oregon are eligible to enroll in Clatsop Community College’s OSBN-approved Level 2 training course to become certified CNA-2s. The CNA-2 course builds on the skills and knowledge gained from nursing assistant 1 training to allow for more advanced work opportunities, an expanded scope of practice, and increased earning potential.

 

Clatsop Community College offers the CNA-2 course in the summer term over a four-week period. The course totals 88 hours, with 60 classroom hours and 28 hours of clinical experience in acute care, long-term care, and memory care. Once the CNA-2 course has been successfully completed, the individual’s CNA-1 certification is upgraded to CNA-2 certification by the OSBN on its registry. No further testing is required.

 

Individuals wishing to participate in the CNA-2 course must hold a current, unencumbered CNA-1 certification in Oregon and provide evidence of a current BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR card from the American Heart Association. Course participants must pass a criminal background check and urine drug screen, complete a 2-step tuberculosis (TB) screening, and provide evidence of current immunization status according to Oregon Health Authority requirements.

Students who would like more information or instructions on how to register for either the Nursing Assistant 1 or CNA-2 training should contact Jennifer Carpenter at 503-338-2359 or jcarpenter@clatsopcc.edu

Before you can register for this training, you need to be a CCC student. To do that, follow the instructions below:

 

  1. Go to main college web page.
  2. Hover over Admissions & Records on the main menu.
  3. Under Student Type, click on Non-Degree Seeking Admissions (or if you intend to take other classes to pursue a degree, then click on Degree-Seeking Admissions).
  4. Complete the form and submit.
  5. Students who would like more information or instructions on how to register for  either the Nursing Assistant 1 or CNA-2 training should contact Jennifer Carpenter at 503-338-2359 or jcarpenter@clatsopcc.edu.

OSBN Website

 

On this webpage look under:

  • Division 62 – Standards for Certification of the Nursing Assistant and Medication Aide
  • Division 63 – Standards and Authorized Duties for the CNA and CMA

Also, on the side bar:

  • CNA Frequently Asked Questions

The Clatsop Community College Nursing Assistant Level-One and Level-Two Training Programs are approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

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