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 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

December 11, 2017

January 8, 2018

Spring 2018

March 19, 2018

April 2, 2018

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

Salem Campus - BNA Application for Summer Fall, Winter, and Spring Terms 2017-2018

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. For a more in depth list, please click here.


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 "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


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

  • The next time we will offer a class is summer term 2017! Summer Term Class information flyer!
  • Summer term class application acceptance period is May 8th-19th on a first come, first served basis until all 10 spots are full.
    Please click HERE for the summer term class application
  • If you have questions regarding this class please email Renae Burger at

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