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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 APPLICATION
    Salem Campus
    • Download and complete the Salem Campus BNA Application for summer, fall, winter and spring term
    • 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 2018-19 Basic Nursing Assistant Application

    Enrollment Term

    Application Deadline - or until full

    Deadline to submit required immunizations

    Summer 2018 - SUMMER TERM IS FULL.  

    June 11, 2018

    June 25, 2018

    Fall 2018 - Accepting Applications now 

    September 10, 2018

    September 24, 2018

    Winter 2019

    December 17, 2018

    January 7, 2019

    Spring 2019 

    March 18, 2019

    April 1, 2019

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

  • YAMHILL VALLEY APPLICATION

    Yamhill Valley Campus

    • Download and complete the YVC Nursing Assistant Application 2018-19 for summer, fall, winter and spring terms
    • Please see table below for application submission dates
    • Submit your completed application packet to –
      Renae Burger
      Yamhill Valley Campus Bldg. 2, Rm. 100
      Between 8 am-8 pm (Doors unlock at 7:30 am) 
    Application Deadlines
    TermAcceptance Start DateAcceptance End Date*
    Summer 2018 May 1, 2018 June 15, 2018
    Fall 2018 August 7, 2018 September 21, 2018
    Winter 2019 December 4, 2018 January 4, 2019
    Spring 2019 February 26, 2019 March 23, 2019

    *Or until the program is full.

    Applications accepted on a first come-first served basis. Only eight students will be offered a spot in each class per term. Doors unlock at 7:30 am on application acceptance days. 

    If you have questions, please email Renae Burger.

  • Criminal Background Check Requirements

    Upon entry into the program, you will be required to pass a criminal background check. 

    Failure to complete the background check or a background check revealing a disqualifying criminal history will mean you are ineligible to participate in the BNA course.

    Disqualifying crimes can be found in the Oregon Department of Human Services Aging & People with Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities ORS 443.004/OAR 407-007-0275 Crimes list. For more information and more in-depth list, please call our office at 503.399.5058

    For licensure with the Oregon State Board of Nursing, please visit the following links for DHS and OSBN's criminal history requirements. 

     

     

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

    Unsure of when the class will be offered again. Once that information is known, it will be posted here, so please keep checking back. You can also email Renae Burger (renae.burger@chemeketa.edu) to have your contact information added to an email interest list. 

    Requirements –

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

    Total cost for the BNA program in Salem is $1,412 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

    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.