Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

CNA 1 Nursing Assistant

The Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program is an Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN)-approved program offered at PCC's CLIMB for Health Professionals. It consists of 80.5 hours of required classroom and lab skills demonstration, and 75 hours of required clinical practice in a skilled nursing facility. We offer both day and evening classes, as well as west side and east side clinical sites. This training allows students to obtain employment in many areas of the medical field, including: assisted living facilities (ALF), intermediate care facilities (ICF), and skilled nursing facilities (SNF). Our clinical sites often hire our graduates. Upon completion of this program and state certification as a CNA 1, you will be eligible to apply for the CNA 2 program, if you choose to do so.

Please review our detailed brochures in the links below for more details about tuition, program requirements, and class schedules. We offer CNA classes each and every term:

Summer 2017 Brochure
Registration for all CNA 1 summer classes begins on Wednesday, May 31 at 9am.


Upon graduation the student will receive a certificate of completion and be recognized as a Nursing Assistant (NA). Upon successful completion of the required OSBN exam the student will be a Certified Nursing Assistant 1 (CNA 1). Our students have a higher passing percentage than the Oregon average.

Program Overview

Students must attend a mandatory orientation and initiate a background check prior to the first day of class. The dates and times of our orientations are listed in the brochure. There is no need to register for an orientation, and no cost to attend. Attendance is required for all class/lab hours as well as clinical hours. Make-up class/lab and clinical days are made available for an extra charge of $75 per day, pending instructor approval. The OSBN and the Oregon Health Authority require each student to have a current CPR card from the American Heart Association prior to the start of clinicals. PCC offers the American Heart Association's BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR classes. The required textbook (Mosby's Textbook for Nursing Assistants, Ninth Edition.) and many of the supplies are available at the PCC Sylvania Campus bookstore, as well as through other outlets. Students will be given other instructional materials on the first day of class. The program includes three tests. Students must pass each test with a percentage of 75 or high in order to proceed in the program. Homework consists of:

  • reading the required text and skills
  • practicing the skills prior to lab times
  • one written skill

Please Note: If a student has registered to take this training program but decides to drop, it is necessary to drop no later than the day before the first day of class in order to receive a full tuition refund. If a student does not drop the class before this deadline, they will not be able to receive a full refund,  even if they do not attend the class. More information on this policy is available in the course brochure.