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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 APPLICATION
    Our next offering of the Salem campus will be Summer 2020. Please check back early June for the new academic 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. 104
      Between 8 am-4:30 pm
    Salem Campus Deadlines for 2019-2020 Basic Nursing Assistant Application

    Enrollment Term

    Application Deadline - or until full

    Deadline to submit required immunizations

    Summer 2019 - Full 

    June 10, 2019 

     June 24, 2019

    Fall 2019 - Will start accepting applications June 24th. 

     Septmember 9, 2019

     September 15, 2019

    Winter 2019 

     December 16, 2019

    January 6, 2020

    Spring 2019 - Not accepting applications

    March 18, 2019

    April 1, 2019

         
  • YAMHILL VALLEY APPLICATION

    Yamhill Valley Campus

    • Please download the 2019-20 application for the spring term class.

      See table below for application submission dates-we will NOT accept applications earlier than the posted date for that term. 

    • Submit your completed application packet to –
      Yamhill Valley Campus Bldg.1 or Bldg 2 staff
      Between 7:30am-8 pm Mon-Thurs and 7:30am-1pm on Fri.  
    Application Deadlines
    TermAcceptance Start DateAcceptance End Date*
    Spring 2020 March 10, 2020 Until full, or March 31 2020

    Applications are 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 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. 

     

     

  • CNA2

     

    Yamhill Campus

    We are unsure of when the next CNA 2 will run, please keep checking back for updates. 

    Requirements:

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

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

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

  • BNA COSTS

    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

    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.