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Begin your career as a nursing assistant

Basic Nursing Assistant

Start your health service career.

About the Basic Nursing Assistant Program

This 165-hour training course is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN). It consists of 90 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 Nursing Assistant course is a non-credit course offered year round on Chemeketa's Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses.

The Salem Campus class is usually offered Summer, Fall, and Winter terms, and can accept up to 10-20 students.  

The Yamhill Valley Campus class is offered Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring Terms each year, and can accept up to 10 students .

Please see below for applications and class schedule/information-

  • Schedule

    BNA Schedule of Classes:

    Chemeketa Yamhill Valley:

    Class/Lab (First half of the course):

    Monday - Thursday
    8 am - 1:30 pm

    Clinical Times (Second half of the course):

    Monday - Thursday
    7 am - 1:30 pm 

    Chemeketa Salem Campus

    Class/Lab (First 5 weeks of the course):

    Monday - Thursday
    4 pm - 9:30 pm

    *Clinical Times (Second 5 weeks of the course):

    Monday - Thursday
    6 am - 12:30 pm 
    2 pm - 8:30 pm

    *Clinical placement (time options) is based on the number of applicants and will be determined at orientation

    This schedule may be subject to change.  Additional information regarding schedules will be provided at the first class. 


    • Download and complete the Fall 2023 Application (see apply now section)
    • Submit your application on of the following ways:


    Class schedule will be provided upon acceptance

    Application Schedule

    Application Schedule

    Enrollment Term

    Accepting Applications

    Summer 2023


    Fall 2023

    Salem Campus - Closed 

    Yamhill Valley Campus - Open until 9/8

    Winter 2024

    November 13-17, 2023 (or until full)

    Spring 2023

    February 12-16, 2023 (or until full)

  • Background Check, Drug Screening, and Immunizations

    Background Check:

    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. 

    Drug Screening:

    Chemeketa follows Oregon Health Authority Division 30 - Health Profession Student Clinical Training Administrative Requirements.  The drug screen is required and is testing for the following as part of our 10 panel drug screening:

    Amphetamines (including methamphetamines);


    Applicants will be required to submit documentation of several immunizations.  Review the Immunization Flyer (click here) to learn more about the required immunizations. 


    Total cost for the BNA program at the Salem campus is $1,466. Costs are subject to change. They include –

    • Tuition and fees
    • Textbook
    • Stethoscope, gait belt, oral care kit

    Total cost for the BNA program at the Yamhill Valley Campus is $1,576. Costs are subject to change. They include-

    • Tuition and fees
    • Textbook
    • Scrubs for clinical, stethoscope, gait belt, oral care kit 
    Non-credit courses are not eligible for financial aid, and fees must be paid in full by the first day of class, or install a payment plan. 
    Additional BNA Program 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 (Salem Campus only) – 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 – $70.50

    BNA Entry Requirements:

    • Apply for admission (if not a current student)
      • Student must be an good academic standing
    • Access to Chemeketa Gmail account
    • Submit BNA application (accepted on a first come basis)

    Once your application has been reviewed you have received confirmation of initial acceptance, you will need:

    • Successful completion of CPR Certification - American Heart Association "BLS Provider Level"
    • Successfully pass a criminal background check and required drug screen
    • Submit required immunizations
    • Attend mandatory orientation
    • 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.