The Nursing Assistant One-Year Certificate of Completion is a three-term program that trains individuals to perform authorized nursing assistant duties in acute care, sub-acute care, skilled-nursing facilities, and other health care settings.
Upon successful completion of all required courses and related certifications, students will be recognized by the Oregon State Board of Nursing as a certified nursing assistant level 1 and level 2.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Apply nursing assistant skills proficiently and appropriately to authorized duties.
- Identify the hallmarks of and provide holistic care for patients.
- Communicate professionally and effectively with diverse individuals.
Academic Entrance Requirements
There are no formal academic entrance requirements for this program.
Other Entrance Requirements
- Documentation of current immunizations (Centers for Disease Control adult schedule) by the assigned due date
- Completed criminal history checks as a condition of enrollment in NUR 103 Nursing Assistant and NUR 104 Certified Nursing Assistant: Level 2
- Completed 10-panel urine drug screen with Verified Credentials, Inc. before entering the program. With the exception of certain prescribed medications, students with a positive drug screen that prevents them from attending clinical will be disqualified from entering the program. See the Nursing Assistant page for more information.
- A current American Heart Association (International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation compliant) Basic Life Support Provider CPR card by the assigned due date
- Students must be 18 years of age by the start of clinical rotations. Please contact the department for detailed information.
Additional Program Costs (Beyond Standard Tuition/Fees and textbooks)
- Stethoscope: $30
- Uniform: $30 to $80
- Books: $500 per term
- Course and lab packets: $100 per term
- Immunizations and titers: $600
- Immunization tracking: $10
- Criminal background check: $55
- Urine drug screen: $45
- American Heart Association Basic Life Support Provider CPR card: $60
- After successfully completing NUR 103 Nursing Assistant, students must be certified by the Oregon State Board of Nursing before enrolling in NUR 104 Certified Nursing Assistant: Level 2. Estimated costs:
- Nursing assistant competency examination: $106
- Electronic fingerprinting: $70.50
|Course ||Title ||Credits |
|HD 100CS||College Success||3|
|HD 109||Effective Job Search Strategies||2-3|
|or HD 103|| Strategies for Life Management|
|or HD 110|| Career Planning|
|Introduction to Public Health|
|Introduction to the Health Care System|
|Health and Social Justice|
|NUR 103||Nursing Assistant||9|
|NUR 104||Certified Nursing Assistant: Level 2||6|
|PSY 215||Developmental Psychology||4|
|Calculations for Allied Health|
|Applied Technical Mathematics|
|Math in Society|
|BA 214||Business Communications||3-4|
|or WR 121|| Academic Composition|
|CIS 120||Computer Concepts (or Computer Competency Test)||0-4|
|Cultural Responsiveness in Allied Health|
|Introduction to Intercultural Communication|
|Small Group Communication|
The Nursing Assistant One-Year Certificate of Completion is designed for students planning to enter the workforce upon graduation; most courses are not intended to transfer. However, some courses may be transferable to public or private baccalaureate institutions for students who choose to pursue higher degrees.
Program courses should be carefully planned. Students must successfully complete NUR 103 Nursing Assistant in order to take the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) test to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA). OSBN CNA certification is required for students to participate in NUR 104 Certified Nursing Assistant: Level 2.
NUR 104 Certified Nursing Assistant: Level 2 will likely only be offered once a year. If a student cannot take NUR 104 Certified Nursing Assistant: Level 2 in the term it is offered, substitutes will be allowed for those credits, such as additional Health and Human Performance courses.
NUR 103 Nursing Assistant and NUR 104 Certified Nursing Assistant: Level 2 are approved by OSBN (971-673-0685 or oregon.gov/OSBN).
For patient and personnel safety reasons, students are recommended to avoid working more than 20 hours or working a night shift during the term(s) they are taking NUR 103 Nursing Assistant and NUR 104 Certified Nursing Assistant: Level 2.
Please contact the program director and/or CAP Services for more information.
- Academic Requirements:
- Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
- All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.