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Begin your career as a nursing assistant

Basic Nurse Assistant

Start your health service career.

About the Basic Nurse Assistant Program

This 155-hour training course is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN). It consists of 80 hours on-campus classroom and lab and 75 hours of clinical in a long-term care facility. Successful completion qualifies individuals to take the Nurse Assistant Competency Evaluation test for state certification as a Nursing Assistant.

The Basic Nurse Assistant course is a non-credit course offered each fall, winter, spring and summer term on Chemeketa's Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses.

The Salem Campus class is offered –

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 4-9:30 pm

The Yamhill Valley Campus class is offered –

Monday-Friday, 8 am-12 pm

    Salem Campus
    • Download and complete the Salem Campus 2017-2018 Basic Nursing Assistant application for summer, fall, winter and spring terms
    • Please see table below for application submission dates.
    • Submit your completed application packet to –
      Health Sciences Department
      Salem Bldg. 8, Rm. 114
      Between 8 am-5 pm
    Salem Campus Deadlines for 2017-2018 Basic Nursing Assistant Application

    Enrollment Term

    Application Deadline - or until full

    Deadline to submit required immunizations

    Summer 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 26, 2017

    Fall 2017

    September 11, 2017

    September 25, 2017

    Winter 2018 - Accepting applications starting November 1st

    December 11, 2017

    January 8, 2018

    Spring 2018 - We are not offering a course spring term. Please check back in April for more information. 

    March 19, 2018

    April 2, 2018

    *Winter term – Only 10 students will be accepted with one clinical offering.


    Next class offered spring term 2018. 

    Applications for spring term class are accepted February 27-March 9, 2018 on a first come, first served basis or until class is full.

    If you have questions, please email Renae Burger.

  • CNA2
    CNA 2 Program Chemeketa Yamhill in Partnership with Willamette Valley Medical Center 

    The next class will be offered during summer term (July 2018). 

    Application acceptance period is May 30th- June 8th (or until all spots are full) at Chemeketa Yamhill Valley Campus Bldg 2 room 100 from 8 am-4 pm (doors unlock at 7:30). 

    Only 6 spots will be accepted, as well as up to 10 alternate spots. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. 

    Print off the summer term application here.

    Requirements –

    • Valid CNA license (printed off from OSBN)
    • CPR Certification - American Heart Association BLS Provider 
    • Immunizations
    • Cost: $350
    • Must pass a background check and drug test



    Total cost for the BNA program in Salem is $1,200 and in Yamhill it is $400. Costs are subject to change. They include –

    • Tuition and fees
    • Textbook
    • Scrubs for clinical, stethoscope, gait belt, etc.

    Non-credit courses are not eligible for financial aid

    Additional Fees

    Students will be required to pay for –

    • A background check – approx. $45
    • Required drug testing – approx. $45
    • Immunizations – cost varies
    • CPR training – cost varies
    • Parking pass – approx. $25

    After course completion, you will be responsible for testing fees for the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) include –

    • Application to test – $106
    • Fingerprinting – $64.50

    BNA Prerequisites

    • Chemeketa student identification number and Chemeketa email address
    • Successful completion of RD 080 and RD085 or RD090 with a C or higher or placement into RD115 via Chemeketa's placement test or proof of completing an Associate Degree or equivalent credits or higher
    • Successful completion of CPR Certification - American Heart Association "BLS Provider Level"
    • Attendance at mandatory orientation, passing the criminal background check and required drug screen, and completing required immunizations
    • Mandatory orientation for applicants accepted into the class
    • Commitment to being at every class session and clinical session
    • Reliable transportation

    Instructions on how to complete background check and drug screen will be given to accepted applicants only. 

    For more information call the Health Sciences Dept at 503.399.5058.