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Begin your career as a nursing assistant

Basic Nursing Assistant

Start your health service career.

About the Basic Nursing Assistant Program

This 165-hour training course is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN). It consists of 90 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 Nursing Assistant course is a non-credit course offered year round on Chemeketa's Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses.

The Salem Campus class is usually offered Summer, Fall, and Winter terms.  

The Yamhill Valley Campus class is offered Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring Terms each year, and can accept up to 10 students –

In general, the YVC schedule is this: Classroom/Lab:8am-1:30pm and Clinical: 7am-1:45pm. Both are Monday through Thursday. Schedule subject to change. 


    Salem Campus

    Salem Campus Deadlines for Submitting Applications

    Enrollment Term

    Accepting Applications

    Deadline to submit required immunizations

    Summer 2022 

    March 28-May 31, 2022

     June 21, 2022

    Fall 2022

    July 25-28, 2022

     September 26, 2022

    Winter 2023

    Decemeber 5-12, 2022

    January 9, 2023

    Spring 2023

    No course offering spring term. 



    Yamhill Valley Campus Information

    The next time we will start a class is winter term (January 9th) 2023. 

    Winter Term Application

    Applications are accepted via scan/fax/email, or in person at the Yamhill Valley Campus.  Once your application is received, you will be notified via email.

    There are 10 spots for the class, and completed applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis- the addresses are below:

    Fax Number: 503.584.7546


    Application Deadlines
    TermAcceptance Start DateAcceptance End Date*
    Winter 2023 Now   Dec 29, 2022 or until full  

    If you have questions, please email Yamhill Valley Campus Career Tech Ed Programs.


  • 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, click here

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




    Total cost for the BNA program at both the Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses is $1,412. 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

    Some of our offerings are offered at a lower cost because they are grant funded. 

    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.