You can become a nursing assistant in Oregon by completing a state certified training program and then by passing the test for certification. The state of Oregon offers two levels of nursing assistant training: the CNA 1 and the CNA2 Program. You must become certified as a CNA1 before you can continue training. Read below for a list of free training options:
Many CNA training programs are offered at community colleges and in other educational facilities. You can contact local colleges and universities in your area to find those that offer nursing assistant training. Talk to the schools to determine if the programs you will be entering will be eligible for grants or scholarships of any type.
You should apply for grants and scholarships if they are available to you to cover a training program for nursing assistant certification. It might sometimes work out that you will receive enough financial aid to pay for the entire course, thus offering you free training.
There are nursing care facilities and even hospitals that offer nursing assistant training as well. You should contact local facilities to find out if any offer training. Ask those that do offer training if they offer employee sponsored program. In these programs you will agree to work for an employer for awhile and they will agree to pay for your training.
Contact the Nursing Aide Registry for the state of Oregon if you are hoping to find free cna training options. Someone at the Registry should be able to refer you to any programs or agencies that might be able to help pay for your certified nursing assistant education. You should then follow up by checking into any programs to determine if you can apply for training tuition assistance.
Clatsop Care Center (Added June 2012)
they are currently funding four scholarships for CNA training. The financial assistance allows you to get trained at Clatsop Community College after which you will need to work for the care center for a minimum of 6 months(24 hours a week). If you’re serious about becoming a CNA and want a job ready for you, this looks like a perfect opportunity. A lot of people may feel that getting bound by an employer is a bad thing but in today’s economy, getting training AND a job all together is excellent. You can pick up the scholarship application at their facility over at 646 – 16th Street, Astoria, OR 97103. Call them on 503-325-0313 for more info.
The Oregon Job Corps:
There are six job corps centers located in Oregon. They are in Angell, Pivot, Springdale, Timber lake, Tongue Point and Wolf Creek. Of those 6 locations, only 3 offer free CNA training as one of the career training choices. The training is for free but there are some caveats that may not be suitable for everyone. You are required to live at the facility where you take the course because they help you improve your social skills(some facilities may allow you to reside elsewhere so check first)
More on this in our article on Job Corps Free Training
They have a very competitive training program that usually runs every five weeks. the facilities currently offering this type of training are in Mt. Tabor and Portland. You will need to apply in person and satisfy their entry requirements to get into the program. if selected you will undergo training and then appear for the state exam. After passing you will get employment at the facility that trained and you and you will start earning a salary. For more details visit http://www.marquiscompanies.com/careers/cnacertification/cna-faq
Nursing homes in Oregon that might offer free CNA training
Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly. This list includes some of the popular nursing homes in Oregon and is there to help you get started on locating a nursing home near your area. If you do find one close to you that has an active CNA vacancy, they might hire you as a trainee.
Avamere Rehab Of Sweet Home – 950 Nandina Drive Sweet Home, Oregon 97386
Avamere Riverpark Of Eugene – 425 Alexander Loop Eugene, Oregon 97401
Baptist Manor – 900 Ne 81st Avenue Portland, Oregon 97213
Baycrest Health Center – 3959 Sheridan Avenue North Bend, Oregon 97459
Blue Mountain Nurs Home – 112 East Fifth Street Prairie City, Oregon 97869
Camelot Care Center – 3900 Pacific Avenue Forest Grove, Oregon 97116
Evergreen Milton Freewater – 120 Elzora Street Milton Freewater, Oregon 97862
Evergreen The Dalles Health – 1023 W. 25th Avenue The Dalles, Oregon 97058
Evergreen Vista Health Center – 103 Adams Avenue La Grande, Oregon 97850
Evergreen Windsor – 820 Cottage Street Ne Salem, Oregon 97301
Fair View Trans. Hlth Ctr – 1710 Ne Fairview Avenue Grants Pass, Oregon 97526
Fairlawn Good Sam Hc – 3457 Ne Division Gresham, Oregon 97030
Fernhill Care Center – 5737 Ne 37th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97211
Marquis Care At Centennial – 725 Se 202nd Avenue Portland, Oregon 97233
Marquis Care At Forest Grove – 3300 19th Avenue Forest Grove, Oregon 97116
Marquis Care At Hope Village – 1577 S Ivy Canby, Oregon 97013
Marquis Care At Mt Tabor – 6040 Se Belmont Street Portland, Oregon 97215
Sherwood Park Nursing & Rehab – 4062 Arleta Avenue Ne Keizer, Oregon 97303
Siuslaw Care Center – 1951 E. 21st Street Florence, Oregon 97439
South Hills Rehabilitation Cen – 1166 E. 28th Street Eugene, Oregon 97403
St. Elizabeth Health Services – 3325 Pocahontas Rd Baker City, Oregon 97814
Sunny Vista Care Center – 10435 Se Cora Street Portland, Oregon 97266
Sunnyside Care Center – 4515 Sunnyside Road Se Salem, Oregon 97302
Tierra Rose Care Center – 4254 Weathers Street Ne Salem, Oregon 97301