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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 usually offered term. Currently with restrictions and guidelines in place due to COVID-19, we have reduced our class size and schedule is subject to change every term. 


The Yamhill Valley Campus class is usually offered –

Monday-Friday, 8am-noon for classroom and 7am-1pm for clinical. 

    Due to COVID-19, the BNA lectures will be delivered remotely for summer and fall. In order to enroll, you will need to have access to a computer with sufficient WIFI.  If you need help with either of the two items listed above, please email us at


    Please submit all applications to the Health Sciences department at 



    Zoom Class – 1/4-1/21 Mon through Friday

    Lab – 1/26-2/10, 4 pm- 8 pm, Monday through Thursday

    Clinical 2/11 through 3/4, 6 am – 12:30 pm, Monday through Thursday

    Mock Skills 3/8



    Zoom Class-9/28-10/15 Mon through Friday 

    Lab-10/19-11/3, 4:00-8:00 pm Monday through Thursday 

    Clinical/11/4 through 11/30, 6:00-12:30 pm, Monday through Thursday.

    Mock skills 12/1

    Salem Campus
    • Download and complete the Salem Campus BNA Application for summer, fall and winter
    • Please see table below for application submission dates.
    • Submit your completed application packet to 
    Salem Campus Deadlines for Submitting Applications

    Enrollment Term

    Accepting Applications

    Deadline to submit required immunizations

    Summer 2020 - Class is FULL for summer term; only accepting applications for the alternate list. 

    April 6-June 5, 2020 

     June 22, 2020

    Fall 2020

    June 22-September 11, 2020

     September 28, 2020

    Winter 2021 

    September 28-December 18, 2020

    January 4, 2021

    Spring 2021

    No longer offer class spring term



    Yamhill Valley Campus

    Winter Term 2021 application acceptance period has passed. The spring term application and acceptance dates will be posted here by February 1st.

    Applications are accepted via scan/fax/email only, and on a first come/first served basis. There are 8 spots for the class- the addresses are below:

    Fax Number: 503.584.7546

    Application Deadlines
    TermAcceptance Start DateAcceptance End Date*
    Spring 2021 TBA  


    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. 


    • 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


    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.