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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 pm-9:30 pm; Clinical will be the same days; however, there are two times to choose from 6 am-12:30 pm or 2 pm-8:30 pm. 

The Yamhill Valley Campus class is offered –

Monday-Friday, 8 am-12 pm

    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 

    June 11, 2018

    June 25, 2018

    Fall 2018 - 

    September 10, 2018

    September 24, 2018

    Winter 2019 - Accepting Applications Now 

    December 17, 2018

    January 7, 2019

    Spring 2019 - Not accepting applications

    March 18, 2019

    April 1, 2019


    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.

  • BNA Application for English as a Second Language Learner (ELS)

    This is a two-part Basic Nurse Assistant Program. 

    Part one will be students completing the pre-requisites for the Basic Nurse Assistant (BNA) course winter term. Upon successful completion of part one, students will be eligbile to enter the BNA course spring term.

    Part 1: Students Complete the Pre-Requisites 

    • Students complete the Reading (RD090 for health care)
      • Mandatory registration/Orientation Day: Monday January 14, 4-5:30 pm 
      • Class will meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 4-5:30 pm 
        • 1st day of class is January 28, 2019 through March 16, 2019
    • Pass American Heart Association, "Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers" Offered as part of the program. 
    • Pass criminal background check and drug screen
    • Provide copies of required immunizations (list on page 5-7) as part of your part 2 application

    Part 2: Students complete the Core Basic Nrusing Assistant (BNA) coursework

    • Sutdents who successfully complete part one of the courses will be eligible to enter the BNA program. 
    • Application for part 2 of the program will be completed during part 1 of the course
      • Class times: 
        • Mandatory CNA orientation: April 1, 2019 from 3-4 pm
        • Class times (1st 5 weeks) held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 4-9:30 pm 
        • Support class Wednesday 4-5:50 pm 
        • Clinical times (2nd 5 weeks) Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 6-12:30 pm 
        • Attendance at every class, clinical session and mock skills is a MANDATORY requirement to pass the courses. 

    Download and complete the application here. This application is for entry into the 1st part of the BNA program. Students will complete the application for the 2nd part of the program during term 1. 

    Submit your completed application packet to - 

    Adam Mennig - Building 22, Room 100

    Angelica Macias - Bu9ilding 22, 100


    If you have questions, please contact: 

    Angelica Macias - 503.399.6509

    Adam Mennig - 503.399.6517 


  • 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 at Chemeketa Yamhill Valley Campus 

    Requirements –

    • Valid CNA license (printed off from OSBN website)
    • CPR Certification - American Heart Association BLS Provider 
    • Certain Immunizations
    • Cost $100 
    • Must pass a background check and drug test

    We are accepting applications until the program is full. 

    Applications are accepted on a first come-first served basis. Only eight students will be offered a spot. 

    Note: The CNA 2 course will be held at the Yamhill Valley Campus Bldg 2 in McMinniville for classroom portion, then clinical portion at Willamette Valley Medical Center. 

    If you have questions, please feel free to call the Health Sciences office at 503.399.5058 or email


    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

    • 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.