A certified nursing assistant, or nurse aide, or simply CNA, can work in different health care environments such as long-term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, home health care agencies, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers to name but a few. In the state of Oregon, a certified Nurse Aide can get two levels of certifications, which are normally administered by the State Board of Nursing in Oregon.
As is with most other states throughout the country, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the demand for caregivers, particularly Certified Nursing Assistants, is bound to grow within the next decade. This is because of the high demand for service providers because of the increasing needs for constant care of patients and the aging population.
As is expected, before getting CNA Certification, interested candidates must seek formal training from a recognized institution which is accredited and recognized by the Oregon State Board of Nursing. In case you had received formal CNA training from another state, the training must have fulfilled a minimum of 75 hours for it to be considered by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.
CNA 1 Certification
Once you complete the required hours of training, getting your CNA certification in the state of Oregon will need you to apply. The application process covers a criminal background check and proof of education. Once everything is verified as correct, the competency examination for qualification will be administered. The test is made up of two broad parts; a multiple choice test and a practical manual skills exam. The latter is administered in a real-time clinical setting.
CNA 2 Certification
For you to be able to get this second certification, the minimum requirement is the possession of CNA 1 Certificate. Together with any other certificates that you might have, level 1 CNAs must further complete a level 2 training program, after which a competency test is administered in order to qualify for the CNA 2 certificate.
Unlike most other states, CNAs in Oregon are expected to obtain licensure to administer medication to patients, a certification known as Certified Medication Aide (CMA). For you to qualify for a CMA, you will need to have at least an up-to-date CNA 1 Certification, you will need to pass a criminal background check, and further, you will need to complete training in accredited medication aide.
Additional requirements include having worked as a full-time Certified Nurse Aide for a period of not less than 6 months. Once you complete all the necessary application requirements, you can then qualify to take the competency examination that is equally administered by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.
List of CNA Classes in Oregon State:
SW Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, OR 97420
Clatsop Community College
1653 Jerome Ave., Astoria , Oregon 97103
Central Oregon Community College
2600 College Way, Bend, OR 97701
Linn Benton Community College
6500 SW Pacific Blvd. Albany, Oregon 97321
Klamath Community College
7390 South 6th Street, Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Rogue Community College
202 South Riverside Ave., Medford, Oregon 97501
Portland Community College
1626 SE Water Ave., Portland, Oregon 97214
Blue Mountain Community College
2411 NW Carden Ave., Pendleton, Oregon 97801
Clackamas Community College
19600 South Molalla Ave.,Oregon City, OR 97045
Umpqua Community College
1140 College Road, Roseburg, OR 97470