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 course update

    Due to the continuation of COVID-19 and the need to maintain social distancing, our Nursing Assistant 1 and 2 courses will be limited to 10 students per course.

    Nursing Assistant level one orientation will be offered Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. Please contact if you're interested in attending this orientation. Mandatory for those interested in the NA1 course.

    Certified Nursing Assistant level two orientation will be offered Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 at 5 p.m. via Zoom. Please contact if you're interested in attending this orientation. Mandatory for those interested in the CNA2 course.

Nursing Assistant Academic Add-Ons

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Gerontology for Health Care Professionals

Nursing Assistant (CNA 1)

The Clackamas Community College nursing assistant course 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 155 hours of contact hours including 80 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.

Requirements for the Nursing Assistant courses

CNA 1 is a limited-entry course. Only the first 20 applicants will be accepted into the course 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

Nursing Assistant (CNA 2)

Students are prepared to perform acute care skills in the hospitals, skilled nursing care facilities, and other healthcare settings. This course focuses on technical skills, interpersonal skills, and communication, safety, infection control, and documentation with the outcome of demonstrated proficiency in knowledge, skills, and abilities in these areas. The course has a clinical component to be scheduled in an acute hospital setting by the course instructor.

To enroll in the course, students must hold a current, unencumbered Oregon CNA level 1 license and a current American Heart Association BLS certificate valid through the end of the term. They must pass a criminal history check, drug UA screen, and meet immunization, flu vaccine, and TB test requirements.

The student will be required to attend a mandatory orientation scheduled prior to the start of the term to learn about course logistics. These dates will be updated on the website as they are scheduled. Currently, CNA 2 is only offered fall and spring terms.

Debra Anderson

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Harmony Campus

7738 SE Harmony Road

Milwaukie, OR 97222