CNA Classes in Salem, OR

The need for CNAs is evident in how nursing homes and similar facilities offer their own CNA training programs. CNAs are very useful, especially in nursing home settings. Basic patient care one of their primary roles. They can bath, dress, feed, and assist patients with their basic mobility needs.

CNAs are also getting more attention in hospitals. Hospitals, especially in some states are in urgent need of nursing staff. The American Nursing Association predicts that by 2022, the US may need more than a million nurses to not only care for the aging population but also to replace retiring nurses. Hospital CNAs can alleviate this problem by aiding the dwindling number of nursing staff in basic patient care. The presence of a hospital CNA can improve a patient, especially elderly ones’ stay in the hospital. Not only that, CNAs are versatile and with their training in medical terminology, they can be assigned as unit clerks, entering data into computers, answering calls and watch monitors.

That’s why excellent training is important for nursing assistant, especially the foundation of knowledge and skills they during CNA level 1 training. In the future, CNAs will be prevalently seen in different healthcare settings so it’s important that training is one step ahead of the occupational demands.

Chemeketa Community College

Chemeketa Community College promises a path to success. Chemeketa has programs and a support team to help students prepare for a career, change their career, upgrade their skills, and learn lifelong skills. The college is regulated by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Chemeketa’s Basic Nursing Assistant (BNA) program has an approval from the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN).  This means that their curriculum is aligned with the state standards. This BNA program is offered through the college’s Health Sciences Department and is only available in the Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses.

The program is 155 clock hours, with 80 hours dedicated to classroom lecture and laboratory exercises. The remaining 75 hours are for clinical experience in a long-term care facility. This program is non-credit and is offered every term. Classes in the Salem Campus only have an evening schedule. This is from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. three days a week (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday)

The program costs around $1,200 (for Salem campus only). This already includes the tuition fee, textbook, uniform and basic equipment. Since it’s a non-credit course, the BNA program is not eligible for financial aid. There are also additional fees including a background check ($45), drug testing ($45), parking pass ($25), immunizations (cost varies), and CPR training (cost varies). These are just the estimated amounts of the additional fees. The state certification exam is also paid out of pocket. The cost can be around $170 including the application and fingerprinting fees.

Contact Chemeketa Community College by phone (503-967-5121) or visit their website for more information.

Sherwood Park Nursing & Rehab Center

The Sherwood Park Nursing & Rehab Center is an independently-owned skilled nursing facility founded in 1975. It is located in Keizer, just a few minutes from Salem. The center is approved by the OSBN to offer an NA1 program.

 The center’s CNA program is offered to both Keizer and Salem residents. The course is divided into two segments. Segment 1 consists of 52 hours’ worth of online coursework and 27 hours of on-site laboratory exercises. The online coursework is delivered through modules. Students must pass an exam in order to progress to the next module. Once completed, students must take a final exam. The passing score for this exam will be 80%. Laboratory exercises are scheduled on Monday evenings and Wednesday afternoons. Missing a lab session could cause a student not to complete the segment. Segment 2 consists of 80 hours’ worth of on-site clinical experience.  Clinical classes are on Wednesdays and Thursdays and may take the entire day.

The class size is limited to 8 to 10 students. Applicants should be at least 17 years old, have a high school diploma or GED certificate, proficient in English literacy and communication, and can commit to the lab and clinical schedules.

The program can cost $640 to $720. This depends if you already had CPR classes. Included in the cost are tuition, textbook, and other learning materials, online subscription, licensing and testing fees. Applicants should also prepare an additional amount for a background check.

There are always job openings for CNAs in the center. Graduates from their CNA program have better chances of getting hired.

Contact the Sherwood Park Nursing and Rehab Center by phone (503-390-2271) or visit their website for more information.

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