Nursing Assistant

A Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) is an integral part of the interdisciplinary health care system and the nursing team. A CNA works directly under the supervision and direction of a licensed nurse to care for clients in a variety of clinical settings. CNA’s are an essential part of the health care team who give physical care and emotional support to clients under the direction of the licensed nurse. CNA"s are listed as one of the top ten growing employment opportunities in our state and local communities. 

The Nursing Assistant course at Linn Benton Community College course prepares the student to assist patients and family members with activities of daily living. Students will receive instructions in basic bedside nursing skills, basic restorative skills, mental health and social service needs, personal care skills and knowledge of client rights. Students will learn knowledge and skills necessary to care for patients in long-term care and acute care facilities.

  • Students must be able to meet physical requirements, engage in therapeutic communication and deal with stressful interpersonal situations.
  • The “clinical” portion of this course is direct patient care applying all of the technical skills from didactic classroom.

This 155 hour training course is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN). It consists of 80 hours classroom and skills 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. Course subjects include: Interpersonal skills and communication, growth and development throughout the life cycle, cultural aspects, legal/ethical aspects, medical and nursing terminology, general patient care; patient bathing, taking and recording vital signs, feeding patients, infection control, caring for patient’s personal needs.