Nurse Assistant (CNA Level 1) Training Program

Nurse Assistant (CNA Level 1) Training Program

Our Nurse Assistant Training is a 155-hour (minimum) course fulfilling the Oregon State Board of Nursing requirements for nursing assistant training. The program prepares the student to assist patients and family members with activities of daily living. Students will receive instructions in basic bedside nursing skills, basic restorative skills, mental health and social service needs, personal care skills and knowledge of client rights. Students will learn knowledge and skills necessary to care for patients in long-term care and acute care facilities. Students must be able to meet physical requirements, engage in therapeutic communication and deal with stressful interpersonal situations.

Nurse Assistant Training Options

We offer two different training types: a traditional classroom experience and an online/classroom combination course. Both classes require completion of a clinical experience. Students who choose the classroom option will attend classes between Monday and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a half-hour lunch and two 15-minute breaks. Hands-on skills training will accompany lecture materials in a lab setting. There are 11 classroom sessions and they will be held at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.  

Online/ Classroom Combination Course

Students who choose this combination course will complete online trainings, an in-person final exam, five days of lab/skills training (8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), and the clinical experience.

This online training takes approximately 53 hours and includes quizzes after each section that students must pass before being allowed to continue to the next section. Students may set their own schedule and complete the trainings at any time, as long as each training is completed by the date of the final exam. Students must be able to navigate and complete each training independently. Applicants choosing this option must have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection, Adobe Flash, sound and email. Applicants who prefer or require a high-level of instructor interaction are encouraged to apply for the traditional classroom option.

Clinical Experience

The clinical experience is a 14-day rotation and takes place at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. Hours will be from 6:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. with a half-hour lunch and two 15-minute breaks. The class will be divided into two groups and will rotate over the 14 days. Each student will have seven days of clinical (we reserve the right to change this schedule at any time.) All students are required to complete the clinical experience. Attendance at each clinical rotation is mandatory for the required 75 hours of clinical and failure to attend will result in failure of the course.   

Following successful completion of the course and exam, a certificate of completion as a nursing assistant will be awarded.