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Nursing Assistant Training Program

The position of nursing assistant is among the most promising and rewarding in the United States today.

Wherever there is a need for personal care, certified nursing assistants are the ones who perform the most basic needs for patients. They work under the supervision of a nurse. Since aides have extensive daily contact with each patient, they are key to providing vital information on the patients' conditions to the nurse.

A severe national shortage of health care workers is looming, and nursing assistants are assured an array of job opportunities, especially in nursing and personal care facilities, hospitals and residential care homes.

Pinnacle Healthcare offers nursing assistant training for all of it's Oregon facilities. Our classes are open to new students, or to former CNAs seeking to renew their state certification.

Once you’ve successfully completed the training, you’ll receive a certificate of completion. You’ll be eligible to become certified through the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) by successfully taking the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation and applying for certification with the OSBN.

Once you’re certified, you can start your career at the Pinnacle: you’ll be given preference for certified nursing assistant openings at Pinnacle Healthcare facilities. And for many, getting hired as a certified nursing assistant at Pinnacle is a step toward a peak career!



Meet Barbara Lower
From certified nursing assistant to licensed nursing home administrator, Barb Lower has made caring for Pinnacle Healthcare residents her career and her life.

Barb started at Pinnacle as a certified nursing assistant. After promotions to charge nurse, resident care manager director of nursing and facility adminsitrator, she took advantage of Pinnacle’s education scholarship program and earned a bachelor’s degree in social and behavioral science. Additional administrative training led Barb to her current position as Clinical Reimbursement Specialist for Pinnacle facilities in Oregon.

Program Details and Requirements

Training Program Details
Pinnacle Healthcare’s Nursing Assistant Training Program consists of 90 hours of classroom/lab time and 90 hours of clinical training. This exceeds the State Board of Nursing requirements for nursing assistants of 75 hours of classroom training and another 75 hours for clinical training. Our program is approved and continuously monitored by the OSBN.

Our classroom instructors are licensed nurses approved by the OSBN. The clinical training takes place in Pinnacle Healthcare facilities, and is conducted by a licensed nurse.

Program requirements
Pinnacle Healthcare’s Nursing Assistant Training Program applicants must pass the State of Oregon criminal history check, and a drug and TB screening. Entrance into Pinnacle's NA training program requires a high school diploma (or GED equivalent).  Equally important, however, is a compassionate heart and a love of helping others.

Program Application

Current Class Schedule

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Program Cost

Tuition for the program is approximately $525, which includes the textbook and CPR certification. This cost is reimbursed to students who are hired by Pinnacle Healthcare after certification over a three month period. The cost for the state licensing test is approximately $158. For individuals eligible, check with the State of Oregon Unemployment Office.

For More Information

Call (541) 746-1020 or (866) 744-1020

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