Nursing Assistant

Health Sciences Department | 1 Term

Being a certified nursing assistant can be a fulfilling, life-long vocation or the first step in your health care career.

Nursing Assistant Academic Add-Ons


Nursing Assistant (CNA 1)

The Clackamas Community College nursing assistant program provides students with the skills to perform basic-level nursing care. Certified Nursing Assistants are defined by law as people who assist licensed nursing personnel in the provision of nursing care. This course is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

Instruction content includes:

  • Introduction to health care facilities
  • Communication
  • Basic body structure and function
  • Patient needs
  • Preventing infection
  • Body mechanics

Class times may vary, but this course is offered every term and lasts about 11 weeks. This one-term course consists of 150 hours of contact hours including 75 hours of lecture and lab and 75 hours of clinical experience. Clinical hours begin the sixth week of the course and are normally done at local long-term care centers.

Upon successful completion of this seven-credit class, students may apply for the Oregon State Board of Nursing certification exam for nursing assistants (CNA 1).

The cost of the course will include pre-registration requirements such as criminal background check, American Heart Association CPR for Healthcare Professionals, immunizations and UA drug screen. In addition to tuition and course fees, required costs include textbooks and equipment.

Acute Care Training (CNA 2)

The CNA 2 course will not be offered in the fall. If you're still interested next year please check back in fall to see if we will be offering it during winter term 2018.

This course is designed to prepare students to perform routine and acute nursing assistant tasks to clients in the following venues: hospitals, long-term and skilled nursing care facilities and the community.

Instruction content includes:

  • Safety and preventing complications
  • Communicating client responses to the nurse
  • Documenting/recording outcomes of client care

By Oregon State Board of Nursing regulations, the course is restricted to those who hold a current, unencumbered Oregon CNA 1 license and have their name listed on the CNA Registry. Also, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in CNA 1 skills during lab sessions. This course meets the minimum state requirements with 42 hours of lecture/lab instruction as well as 30 hours of clinical experience.

Students must attend the mandatory orientation in order to receive information on the steps needed to start the registration process in this limited entry program. For more information email

Requirements for the Nursing Assistant program

This is a limited-entry program and only the first 20 applicants will be accepted into the program for the following term. Any applicants that complete the requirements, but are not granted entry will have a secure spot in the course the next term it is offered. Neither Health Sciences nor Clackamas Community College will refund any costs incurred during the application process.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • High school students may apply with written authorization from their high school counselor (Proof must be provided)
  • Current immunizations and Tuberculosis test
  • CPR Certification through the American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support Providers course
  • Reading and writing competencies measured by CCC placement test(s) or previous college coursework (unofficial transcript)
  • Placement exam scores must be at least WR-121 and RD-115 to be eligible to apply or an unofficial transcript indicating WR-095 was taken with a "C" or better
  • Documentation needed to complete the drug screen and background check will be provided to participants of the mandatory orientation
  • All of the steps including the background and drug check must be completed before approval to register will be given

Download the Prospective Nursing Assistant student informational flier. 

Debra Anderson

Contact Our Health Sciences Department

Harmony Campus

7738 SE Harmony Road

Milwaukie, OR 97222