Free CNA Training in Oregon

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

Marquis Companies
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

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

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17 Responses to Free CNA Training in Oregon

  1. Rita Weaver September 1, 2010 at 2:44 am #

    Register for class

    I would like to know when the next Free CNA classes start in Salem, Oregon. I will start a job as a CNA. If I take the classes I can become a manager. I have a background check, over 18. I just need to update a TB test.

    Thank You,

  2. Imelda saucedo yanes February 22, 2011 at 2:07 am #

    Hi . My name is imelda. And im really interested in taking CNA classes . i was looking online for programs for CNA and i found one where they do free classes for cna.. My question is it really free to take those classes..

    • Admin October 18, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

      Always make sure they have accreditation. You can never complete the FULL classes online as clinical hours are a must.

  3. Katie Salazar May 20, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

    So its great that all there are all these listings of locations that are available for people to contact for possible free CNA classes…But there’s NO phone numbers listed for each site or even an e-mail contact list either. It would be of some help if that was available also…Just a thought.

    Thank you,
    Katie. Salazar

    • Admin June 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

      Thank you for your suggestion Katie. We will try and update all listing with phone numbers as soon as we can.

    • Tami September 20, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

      You can look up the facility on Yahoo and the site will give you the information you need!

  4. Jennifer July 29, 2011 at 12:33 am #

    I have to agree with the last comment made about the listings above, it’s nice to have this list but without any phone numbers makes contacting them more difficult. Thanks you, Jennifer

  5. christine September 12, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    It isn’t difficult to look them up if your really interested. Thanks for the info.

  6. Teresa Sherman January 13, 2012 at 6:12 am #

    I got my CNA from Dallas Retirement Village in Dallas Oregon. It was free I didnt have to pay a cent to get in. They even gave me a job there after i was done to get exsperiance!!

    • Admin January 13, 2012 at 10:16 am #

      Thank you Teresa! I’m sure this information will be very useful to people living in Dallas.

  7. Nurse Numsee January 28, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    The Oregon State Board of Nursing website keeps a list of approved training programs and their contact numbers at:

    Keep trying to enroll. I would also encourage folks interested in becoming CNAs to take the class at a Community College. Yes, you will need to take out a loan- but it is worth it!
    AND don’t stop your education there!
    Keep going. In nursing, the sky is the limit!! You don’t need to stop at a CNA. Nursing is a great career!

  8. Marie May 24, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    So my question is that I work at a care center I have a MA certificate and am working as a HCC. If I take the courses for CNA 1/2 does my job already count as hours or will I have to do more?

  9. Jacob August 15, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    One of the best companies that provide CNA training out in the Salem area is Providence Benedictine in Mt. Angel.

    Last time I checked, they will “hire” you for the CNA program meaning that they will pay you approx $12/hour while you are in training. You have a 1-2 year commitment to work for their facility in return for their facilitating and and paying for your CNA certificate. They also will offer to you once you have your CNA to advance to the CNA-2 with various modules. I have not taken their program (I went through Chemeketa Community College for my CNA which was paid for by the Mt. Angel Towers RCF) but my sister has as well as an ex co-worker.

    • Admin August 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

      Thank you Jacob!

    • Britni November 24, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

      How do you sign up for classes at the benedictine center?

  10. jenelle February 22, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    When are the soonest classes near portland and beaverton? I would prefer free but I can pay some. I just want to get into the medical field

  11. Teaeasha Johnson March 30, 2018 at 6:19 am #

    I would like to be notified of free CNA training classes offered in the Salem-keizer area or nearby within a 50 mile radius I have experience in the related field and would like to further my knowledge and education in this career field.

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