Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

CNA 2 Acute Care Nursing Assistant

The CNA 2 Acute Care Training Program is an Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN)-approved program offered at PCC's CLIMB for Health Professionals. It consists of 60 hours of required classroom and lab skills demonstration, and 28 hours of required clinical practicum. This training expands upon the skills taught in CNA 1 training, allowing CNAs to perform more advanced tasks and increasing their earning power, advancement potential, and employment opportunities.

We offer CNA 2 classes each and every term. So if the brochure that you are interested in is not listed below, please email us and ask to be added to the contact list for the term that you are interested in. Then, as soon as the brochure has been posted to this site, you will be sent an e-mail notification.

Students are required to apply for admission to the CNA 2 Acute Care Training Program. The application consists of an application form and a registration form. The application can be mailed, e-mailed, faxed, or dropped off in-person at PCC CLIMB. When the student's application is received and processed, PCC CLIMB staff will register and bill the student and notify them of their acceptance into the program. The prospective student will also be notified by PCC staff if they are not approved for the program or if the program is full. The application and registration form are available below. More information on the application process is also available in the term brochure.

Students are required to attend an orientation session prior to their first day of class. Dates and times are listed in the brochure. Students who have not yet applied for a class can still attend an orientation to gather more information about the program, get any questions answered, or prepare for an upcoming term.

Spring 2017 Brochure
We will begin accepting applications for the spring 2017 CNA 2 training starting on Wednesday, March 8 at 9am
Summer 2017 Brochure
We will begin accepting applications for the summer 2017 CNA 2 training starting on Wednesday, May 31 at 9am


Upon graduation the student will receive a certificate of completion and PCC will submit the necessary paperwork to the OSBN for CNA 2 certification. Once processed by the OSBN, the student's CNA 2 certification will appear on the OSBN online license verification system. The process, from graduation to online verification, takes approximately 3-4 weeks. The CNA will not receive a new license indicating their advanced training.

Program Overview

Students must have a current, unencumbered Oregon CNA 1 license prior to applying to the program. Attendance is required for all class and 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. Students are required to have a current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR card prior to the start of clinical. These CPR classes are offered through PCC’s CLIMB for Health Professionals and can also be obtained elsewhere. The required textbook (Acute Care Manual for CNA 2, 2015 edition) is available at the PCC Sylvania Campus bookstore. Students will be given other instructional materials, including a lab skills packet, on the first day of class.

Prior to clinical, students will need to submit the following information. Each is discussed in further detail in the brochure.

  • Immunization records (TB, MMR, Tdap, Chickenpox, and Hepatitis B)
  • AHA BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR card
  • Drug screening
  • Pass a criminal background check and a drug screen