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CNA Certification Requirements in Oregon

In order to become a nurse aide in Oregon the nurse aide must complete a state-approved training program, pass the state nurse aide competency, and meet all the other requirements for certification to continue working as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Become a CNA in Oregon

Want to become an Oregon certified CNA? Here’s how:

1.Enroll in a state certified school (you can search CNA school throughout Oregon via the CNA school directory)

2.Complete the CNA training

3.Take practice CNA exam (this step is optional and may be included within certain CNA courses)

4.Register to take the state CNA exam

5.Once you pass the exam, apply for desired  jobs to work as a certified nursing assistant!

Local CNA Training Classes

  • 16 years or older

  • High school diploma or GED (recommended)

  • minimum of 80 hours of classroom and 75 hours of clinical training for CNA I certification.

  • Graduating from a state-accredited training program does not imply automatic state certification – students must first pass the state’s written and skills exam with a grade of 75 percent or more to obtain a listing on the registry.

  • Community colleges and private institutions account for more than 75 percent of the programs approved by the OSBN. The cost of training at these institutions is approximately $1000, but there will be associated costs such as reading tests, lab fee, textbook, CPR certification, uniform, certification fee and other costs. Unlike other states, Oregon has several approved online programs, which have variable costs.

-Fingerprinting, immunization, and a drug screen may be required for clinical placement.

Here are a few local CNA classes in Oregon:

CNA Classes in Portland

Portland Community College (971)722-6111

Caregiver Training Institute  (503) 2570117 ext.104

Clackamas Nursing Assistant Training (503)709-6560

CNA Classes in Eugene

Lane Community College (541) 463-3000

CNA Classes in Gresham

Mt Hood Community College (503)491-6422

Search all Oregon State Certified Nursing Training Programs

Search CNA Scholarships available in Oregon (free CNA training available)

OR CNA Testing

The OSBN has approved Headmaster, LLP to administer and score the nurse aide competency exam in which you will need:

  • A fingerprint-based criminal background check (non-refundable)

  • Training program certificate of completion (non-refundable)

  • CNA certification fee

Oregon gives nurse aides the option of written or computerized tests. If you are a first time tester, you  must take the written and skills test on the same day. The test comprises of:

  • 80 multiple choice questions ( must complete in 90 minutes or less)

  • The test evaluates your knowledge in specific areas, including communication, infection control, patient safety, disease process, basic nursing skills, mental health, personal care, client rights and care for impaired persons

You’ll have to perform one of the four mandatory tasks:

  • Perineal Care with Hand Washing

  • Bed Pan and Output with Hand Washing

  • Catheter Care with Handwashing

  • Gown and Gloves, Emptying a Urinary Drainage Bag with Hand Washing

Another two or three tasks will be selected at random from the Skills List – found in your course textbook or the Candidate Handbook

Certification Costs To Become a CNA

  • Reactivation by exam – (knowledge and skills tests) – $106

  • Oral skills exam – $35 (additional)

  • Written and skills initial exam – $106

  • Knowledge retest – $25

  • Skills retest – $45

  • Knowledge and skills retest – $70

For questions related to scheduling and testing contact The Oregon State Board of Nursing using the following information:

Out-of-State CNAs

Out-of-state CNAs can transfer their certification to Oregon by way of endorsement if they’re in active status with their home state. Following are the requirements for endorsement:

  • You must provide proof of completing a training program, according to OBRA standards

  • Provide proof of at least 400 hours of paid employment as a CNA under the supervision of a nurse

  • Complete a criminal background check

  • Verification from the nurse aide registry in your home state (if your licensed is expired, you won’t be eligible for endorsement)

  • Submit the endorsement application along with the required documents.

CNA Nurse Registry

Oregon State Board of Nursing

17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd.

Portland, Oregon 97224-7012

Email: oregon.bn.info@state.or.us

Phone: 971-673-0685

Fax: 971-673-0684

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