Would you like to begin, in Oregon, a medical career that pays well, but does not require extensive training? Do you need a job that offers a decent salary and flexible work schedules? If you answered yes to both the questions, a career as a nursing assistant may be the perfect solution! There are many benefits to this career, including brief training programs, no strict licensing regulations, plentiful employment opportunities, and terrific starting salaries.
Certification Requirements in Oregon
In Oregon, the Oregon Department of Health regulates all nursing assistant training programs and certifications within the state. In accordance with rules set by the Department, if you wish to become a CNA in Oregon, you must complete a state-approved program. After completing your training, you will need to achieve a passing score on the state's two-part CNA certification exam.
How to Get Your CNA Certification in Oregon
One of the best features of choosing a career as a nursing assistant in Oregon is that the certification procedure is extremely straightforward. The only thing that you are required to do is to achieve an acceptable score on your CNA certification exam. Upon receiving an acceptable score, the testing center will mail you a certificate and grant you with CNA certification for an initial period of two years.
How to Verify Your CNA Certification in Oregon
If you want to verify your CNA certification status in Oregon, you can do so on the Oregon State Board of Nursing website. Once there, click on “Look Up A Nurse/Nursing Assistant.” This will lead you to the license verification tool that you can use to verify your current status.
How to Renew Your CNA Certification in Oregon
In Oregon, you will need to renew your CNA certification every two years. To be eligible, you must have worked at least 400 hours as a paid nurse aide within the last 24 months in Oregon. You can easily renew online by going to the nursing board’s website. When there, click on “Renew my license.” Then, click on the plus sign on “You hold a current license/certificate that is active or expired fewer than 60 days.” Then, on “you may apply to renew your license or certificate” in the description that shows up. This will take you to a login page, where you will be required to login and start the renewal application.
How to Reinstate Your CNA Certification in Oregon
If you did not work at least 400 hours as a CNA in Oregon during the two years prior to your certification's expiration date, you will need to reinstate your status. To do this, you must submit a renewal application, pay a reinstatement fee and retake the CNA exam.
How to Transfer Your CNA Certification from Oregon to Another State
If you obtain employment as a CNA outside of Oregon and need to transfer your certification to another state, you must abide by the other state's certification transfer requirements. You can locate the other state’s agency to contact by using the CNA regulatory agencies search tool offered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Common transfer criteria includes CNA status verification, a transfer fee, competency testing, and/or continuing education classes.
Oregon Nurse Aide Registry
If you have additional questions, contact the Oregon Nurse Aide Registry at:
17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd, Portland, OR 97224
Phone: (971) 673-0685
Fax: (971) 673-0684
Registry Search: https://osbn.oregon.gov/OSBNVerification/Default.aspx
State-Approved CNA Programs in Oregon
There are many great schools in Oregon that offer state-approved CNA programs for aspiring CNAs. The following institutions are some of the best.
Baker Technical Institute2500 E St, Baker City, OR 97814 (541) 519-2671
Caregiver Training Institute12790 SE Stark St #100, Portland, OR 97233 (503) 257-0117
Central Oregon Community College2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR 97703 (541) 383-7700
Chemeketa Community College4000 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR 97301 (503) 399-5000
Clackamas Community College19600 S Molalla Ave, Oregon City, OR 97045 (503) 594-6000
Clackamas Nursing Assistant Training11875 SE 129th Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086 (503) 709-6560
Clatsop Community College1651 Lexington Ave, Astoria, OR 97103 (503) 338-2411
Columbia Gorge Community College400 E Scenic Dr, The Dalles, OR 97058 (541) 506-6000
Concordia University2811 NE Holman St, Portland, OR 97211 (503) 288-9371
Klamath Community College7390 S 6th St, Klamath Falls, OR 97603 (541) 882-3521
Lane Community College4000 E 30th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405 (541) 463-3000
Linn Benton Community College6500 Pacific Blvd SW, Albany, OR 97321 (541) 917-4999
Moore Nurse Consulting328 W Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123 (503) 523-4806
Mt. Hood Community College26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, OR 97030 (503) 491-6422
Oregon Coast Community College400 SE College Way, Newport, OR 97366 (541) 265-2283
Oregon Institute of Technology27500 SW Parkway Ave, Wilsonville, OR 97070 (503) 821-1250
Pacific Healthcare Training512 Manzanita St, Central Point, OR 97502 (541) 941-7732
Portland Community College705 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217 (971) 722-6111
Portland Community College722 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204 (971) 722-6642
Portland Community College2305 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216 (971) 722-6111
Portland Community College12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97219 (971) 722-6111
Rogue Community College101 S Bartlett St #7217, Medford, OR 97501 (541) 245-7500
Southwestern Oregon Community College1988 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420 (541) 888-2525
Springdale Job Corps Center31224 Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019 (503) 695-2245
Treasure Valley Community College650 College Blvd, Ontario, OR 97914 (541) 881-8822
Umpqua Community College1140 Umpqua College Rd, Roseburg, OR 97470 (541) 440-4600
Wolf Creek Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center2010 Opportunity Ln, Glide, OR 97443 (800) 588-9003