Basic Nurse Assistant (BNA 1)

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 every term (summer, fall, winter, and spring) on Chemeketa's Salem campus and Yamhill Valley campus. The Salem Campus class is offered as an evening class (4:00pm - 9:30pm) three days a week (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday), and the Yamhill Valley Campus class is offered during the daytime (Monday through Friday: 8am-noon).

SALEM CAMPUS – Accepting applications for Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring. Submit completed application packet to the Health Sciences Department, Building 8, Room 114 between the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Salem Campus Deadlines for 2016-2017 Basic Nursing Assistant Application:

Enrollment Term

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit required immunizations

Summer 2016

May 31, 2016

June 20, 2016

Fall 2016

September 6, 2016

September 26, 2016

Winter 2017

December 20, 2016

January 9, 2017

Spring 2017

March 14, 2017

April 3, 2017

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

Salem Campus - BNA Application for Summerr Fall, Winter, and Spring Terms 2016-2017

The approximate cost of the course is (subject to change):

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

Total cost - $1,200

Non-credit courses are not eligible for financial aid

Additional Fees:

Students will be required to pay for a background check (approx. $45) and required drug testing (approx. $45), immunizations (cost varies), CPR training (cost varies) and parking pass (approx. $25).

List of Disqualifying Crimes

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

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

Prerequisites include:

  • 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 "Healthcare 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


Basic Nurse Assistant (BNA1) at Yamhill Valley campus- Cost is only $475!

  • The next time we will offer a class is fall term 2016!
    Please click HERE for an information flyer

    Fall Term application will be coming the week of May 31st
  • Summer term class Update- Summer term class is FULL, and has an alternate list of 13 people. We are no longer accepting applications for summer term.

Call the Health Sciences office at 503.399.5058.
If questions regarding testing, call the Testing Center at 503.399.6556.