Nursing Assistant Certificate Program

CERTIFICATE AS AWARDED ON TRANSCRIPT: CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION, NURSING ASSISTANT

The Nursing Assistant program is a three-term program that trains individuals to perform authorized duties of the Nursing Assistant in acute care, sub-acute care, skilled nursing facilities, and in other health care settings. Upon successful completion of all required support courses, Nursing Assistant Level I with successful certification by the Oregon State Board of Nursing and CNA Level 2, students are awarded a certificate of completion from COCC.

Transfer Information:
This certificate is designed for students planning to enter the workforce upon graduation. Selected credits may be transferable to public or private baccalaureate institutions for students who choose to pursue higher degrees. Transfer students wishing to use classes from other colleges as prerequisites must have these classes articulated prior to registering for the Nursing classes. Transfer students wishing to use transfer classes as prerequisites should read the document Explanation of Process To Use Transfer Credits To Meet Enforced Prerequisites.

Program Goals and Outcomes:

  1. Identify professional behaviors and characteristics of a nursing assistant and prepare a cover letter, resume and job search strategies that lead to success in securing a health care job.
  2. Provide holistic patient care in the clinical setting, within the nursing assistant range of function, defined by agency policies, and state and federal law.
  3. Organize nursing assistant care for groups of patients in the clinical setting.
  4. Communicate effectively and professionally with diverse individuals and the healthcare team in the clinical setting.
  5. Implement teaching reinforcement from a written plan of care or reinforce teaching from established standards, as authorized by the registered nurse.
  6. Solve computations for health care measurements using basic math techniques.


COCC Accreditation:

Central Oregon Community College is accredited by:

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
http://www.nwccu.org/
8060 165th Ave. NE, Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: 425-558-4224

PROGRAM APPROVAL

The Central Oregon Community College Nursing Assistant Program is approved by the following agencies:

The Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission [HECC]: Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development approves

Higher Education Coordinating Commission
775 Court Street N.E.
Salem, Oregon 97301

The COCC Nursing Assistant level 1 and CNA level 2 courses are approved by the:

Oregon State Board of Nursing
Boones Ferry Road
Portland, Oregon

NURSING ASSISTANT SUGGESTED COURSE OF STUDY

Students must maintain a 75% average in all program courses, to successfully complete the program. The Oregon State Board of Nursing additionally requires students to achieve a minimum of 75% on the final, for NUR 103 and NUR 104 to pass, irrespective of overall course grade. Students must complete 100% of course hours in NUR 103 and NUR 104 to successfully complete the program. Students who leave or are dropped from the program may apply and re-enter, according to seat availability, the next fall with the permission of the program director.

CREDITS COURSE OF STUDY: 36 41 Credits
Fall Term
3 HD 101 Study Strategies or- HD 100 CS College Success
4 MTH 20 Pre-algebra or- MTH 58 Math Literacy -or- higher
4 WR 65* Rhetoric or minimum placement scores resulting in WR 121 placement
3 - 4 HHP 210 Intro to Health Care Systems or- HHP 248 Health Psychology
14 - 15 Cr
Winter Term
7 NUR 103 Nursing Assistant Level 1
4 PSY 215 Developmental Psychology or- PSY 215 N Developmental Psychology
3 SP 218* Interpersonal Communication
14 Cr
Spring Term
6 NUR 104 CNA Level 2
2 HD 109 Successful Job Search Strategies
0 - 4 CIS 120 Computer Concepts or- Computer Competency Test
8 - 12 Cr


The Nursing Assistant Program begins once per year in fall term and does not have a selective admissions process. Students must be 16 years of age or older to participate in program classes beginning with the letters NUR. Registration is according to seat availability, on a first-come, first-served basis as determined by the priority registration schedule. Students may view the priority registration schedule at www.cocc.edu/registration-home.aspx. After all apportioned spots are filled, students are placed on the wait list in the order that they register. Keep in mind that students registering for more than 19 credits are automatically bumped from waitlists. This might apply to students who register for a number of credits as a backup plan.

The courses in the Nursing Assistant program should be taken according to the Course of Study; however, NUR 103 must be taken before NUR 104. Students must pass the Nursing Assistant Certification Examination [NACE] after completing NUR 103 and before registering for NUR 104.

For patient and personnel safety reasons, students are discouraged from working more than 20 hours or working a night shift during the term(s) they are taking NUR 103 and NUR 104. Please contact the Nursing Assistant Program Director and/or CAP Services for questions regarding the program.

Cost of program:

In addition to tuition and student fees, there are material, service and supply costs associated with the program. The cost list is based on prices at the time the catalog is published and is only an approximation.

Cost of Materials, Services and Supplies
  • Stethoscope
$30.00
  • Uniform
$30.00
  • Books
$500.00 per term
  • Course and lab packets
$100.00 per term
  • Immunizations & titers
$600.00
  • Immunizations tracking
$10.00
  • Criminal background check
$55.00
  • Urine drug screen
$45.00
  • Nursing Assistant Competency Examination
$106.00
  • Electronic Fingerprinting
$63.50
  • AHA Healthcare Provider CPR Card
$60.00

GETTING STARTED:

  1. Register as a COCC student
    • Complete placement testing
  2. Make an appointment with your advisor
    • New students and students returning after an absence of one year or more will receive placement testing, advising, and registration information after an application for admission is received.
    • Continuing students should check to see that their advisor has cleared them to register.
    • Contact the Admissions and Records Office if you need to be assigned to an advisor.
  3. Obtain departmental clearance to register for NUR 103.
    • Get a pre-registration information packet from the Nursing Department Administrative Assistant.
    • Read, sign and initial the Disclosure Statement and Enrollment Agreement in the pre-registration information packet.
    • Return the completed Disclosure Statement and Enrollment Agreement to the Nursing Department Administrative Assistant at least 1 week prior to your winter term registration date to obtain clearance to register for NUR 103.
    • Required immunizations are listed in the pre-registration information packet.
  4. Register for fall term classes [See the suggested course of study]
    • Registered and waitlisted students will receive a welcome letter with immunization, criminal history check, drug screen instructions and codes for VCI access, four weeks prior to fall term. The cost for VCI services is $110.
    • Students should make appointments for needed immunizations and start gathering required immunization documents as soon as they know they are registered in the Nursing Assistant Program.
  5. You must pass all classes with a C or better to maintain your place in the program.
  1. Remember, you have to show up for all classes during the first week to keep your spot in the program; therefore, it is important that you know the time and location of all classes.


NURSING ASSISTANT PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Documents required for entry into the Nursing Assistant Program should not be submitted until students have registered for the program.

Students will submit their required documents after they receive a letter of instruction from the Nursing Department Administrative Assistant. The letter of instruction, with assigned due dates, will be e-mailed to all registered and waitlisted students four weeks prior to fall term. Failure to initiate requirements by the assigned date will result in administrative withdrawal from the program. The Oregon Health Authority and/or Oregon State Board of Nursing require the following documents, prior to entry into the Nursing Assistant Program:

  • Initiation of a criminal history check with Verified Credentials, as a condition of acceptance into the program.
    • Students with criminal convictions, noted on the Oregon State Board of Nursing; Nurse Practice Act; Division 63 - 851-063-0110: Criminal Conviction History/Falsification of Application: Denial of Certification / Grounds for Discipline or the DHS permanent, 10-year or 5-year review list, which prevents them from attending clinical, will be disqualified from the Nursing Assistant program. The list of disqualifying crimes for the Oregon State Board of Nursing and the Department of Human Services is in the pre-registration information packet that every student receives before registration. The DHS disqualifying crimes list is also available at: www.arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/oars_400/oar_407/407_007.html
  • 10-panel drug screen, completed with Verified Credentials, as a condition of acceptance into the program.
    • Students must complete a 10-panel urine drug screen, with Verified Credentials, prior to entry into the Nursing Assistant Program. With the exception of certain prescribed medications, students with a positive drug screen, which prevents them from attending clinical, will be disqualified from entering the program. Please refer to the Nursing Assistant Program Handbook for more detailed information.
  • Documentation of current immunizations (CDC adult schedule) by the assigned due date.
  • Successful acquisition of a current American Heart Association [ILCOR compliant] Health Care Provider CPR card by the assigned due date. *

Please see the "Immunizations, Criminal History, Drug Screen & CPR radio button for complete requirements and policies.


IMMUNIZATIONS, CRIMINAL HISTORY, DRUG SCREEN & CPR

Instructions for background checks, immunization tracking and drug screening will be emailed to Nursing Assistant Program registered and waitlisted students, four weeks before the start of fall term. Verified Credentials [VCI] is the only authorized vendor. We will not accept data from any other vendor. Cost for VCI services is $110 total; $55 for the background check, $45 for the drug test and $10 for immunization tracking. Oregon Health Authority [OHA] mandates current immunizations, a criminal history, urine drug screen and an American Heart Association, Health Care Provider CPR card, as a condition of clinical attendance for all health careers students who have direct patient contact during their program practicum [see OHA Student Information Sheet].

It can take time to complete immunizations, a CPR class and to receive transcripts. Putting off these tasks until the last minute may jeopardize your spot in the program. Students who have not initiated the urine drug screen, completed the criminal history check and uploaded their immunizations documents, by the specified due date, will be administratively withdrawn from the program. It is your responsibility to complete the requirements for the program. If you are having difficulties notify the Nursing Department Administrative Assistant at [541] 383-7569 immediately to rectify the issue.

Immunizations & TB Testing

The following immunizations and screenings are required by the Oregon Health Authority Standardized Administrative Rule 409-030-0100 for healthcare providers. Copies of current immunization records must be uploaded to VCI no later than the due date indicated on the pre-registration information packet. Students will be administratively withdrawn from the class if all required items are not turned in by the due date.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

  • Documentation of 3 hepatitis B vaccinations and results of Hepatitis B surface antigen test (titer) showing immunity

OR-

  • Series in progress:
    • 1stdose before Aug. 31st
    • 2nddose 1 month after the 1st dose
    • 3rddose 6 months after the 2nd dose
      • Titer 1 month after the 3rd dose
      • If the titer is negative *2nd series must be completed.
      • Negative titer after the 2nd series will be considered a non-responder and will require no further action.

MMR Vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella)

  • Documentation of 2 MMR vaccinations at least 4 weeks apart

-OR-

  • Series in progress:
    • 1stdose before Aug. 31st
    • 2nddose at least 4 weeks after the 1st dose

-OR-

  • Results of Measles, Mumps, & Rubella titers showing immunity
    • If any component of MMR titer is negative, vaccine series must be completed.

Varicella Vaccine [chicken pox]

  • Documentation of 2 doses of Varicella vaccine at least 4 weeks apart.

-OR-

  • Results of Varicella titer demonstrating immunity

-OR-

  • Series in progress:
    • 1stdose before Aug. 31st
    • 2nddose at least 4 weeks after 1st dose

Tdap [tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis]

  • Documentation of 1 time Tdap dose after 18 years old
    • Tetanus must be within the past 10 years

TB Test

  • Documentation of either a Quantiferon Gold or T-Spot blood test within the past 30 days
    • Students with a past positive TB test must provide documentation of the test and the follow-up chest x-ray. Treatment must be completed by the 1st day of class.

Influenza Vaccine

  • An influenza vaccine is required for students who will be attending Nursing Assistant clinical fall or winter quarter [Sept. 01 March 31].

Medical Exemption

  • If you have had a life-threatening allergic reaction to a vaccine or any component of a vaccine, you must provide documentation, on letterhead, from your health care provider. Each vaccine allergy must be listed individually. For documentation of immunization exemption for medical reasons:
    • See the Allied Health Department Administrative Assistant.

-OR-

  • Download from Verified Credentials website.

CPR Requirements:

Only an American Heart Association "Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers CPR Card will be accepted:

  • Copy of both sides of a signed and current card valid through the end of the program submitted to the Nursing Department Administrative Assistant.

Criminal History Check:

All Nursing Assistant Program students who attend clinical and have patient contact as part of their training program, will undergo a criminal background check with Verified Credentials [VCI], the vendor approved by Central Oregon Community College. Students will be administratively withdrawn from class if the required criminal background check is not initiated with the specified vendor, by the due date indicated on the pre-registration packet. Students with crimes on the DHS crimes list, which do not allow them to attend clinical, will be disqualified from attending the Nursing Assistant Program. Before proceeding with your Nursing Assistant Program registration, if you have any criminal convictions that appear on the list, please discuss with the Program Director.

10-Panel Drug Screen:

  • All Nursing Assistant Program students who attend clinical and have patient contact, will undergo a 10-panel drug screen with Verified Credentials [VCI], the vendor approved by Central Oregon Community College. Students will be administratively withdrawn from class if the required urine drug screen is not completed, by the due date indicated in the pre-registration information, with the specified vendor. Students with a positive urine drug screen that will not allow clinical attendance will be disqualified from the Nursing Assistant Program until the next registration period for the Program.
    • The 10 panel drug screen will include the following drugs
      • Amphetamines [including methamphetamine]
      • Barbiturates
      • Benzodiazepines
      • Cocaine
      • Marijuana
      • Methadone
      • Opiates
      • Phencyclidine
  • The Nursing Assistant Program may rescreen any student, for cause, at the students expense. Please see the drug policy in the Nursing Assistant Policy Manual.


CAREER PATHWAYS

Some Physician Assistant programs and radiology programs in Washington and Oregon award admission points to applicants who have accrued clinical hours during nursing assistant training or work as a nursing assistant. There are also multiple levels of nursing education and licensure/certification in Oregon for students who are interested in advancing their health care career.

CNA 1 - Certified Nursing Assistant Level 1

  • Employed by sub-acute, long-term care and rehabilitation facilities and home-care agencies.
  • Assist patients in activities of daily living and assist LPNs and RNs in the care of patients at home or in facilities.

CNA 2 - Certified Nursing Assistant Level 2

  • Employed by acute care facilities (hospitals) as well as sub-acute, long-term care and rehabilitation facilities and home-care agencies.
  • Assist patients in activities of daily living; monitor patient vital signs, and assist RNs in the care of patients at home, in facilities or who are hospitalized.

LPN - Licensed Practical Nurse

  • Employed by long-term care facilities, medical offices, and public health departments.
  • Provide care of stable patients, perform procedures, reinforce patient education.

RN - Registered Nurse, Associate of Applied Science

  • Employed by hospitals, medical offices, long term care facilities, and public health departments.
  • Provide patient assessment, patient care, and patient education and complete a variety of treatments and procedures.

RN, BSN - Registered Nurse, Bachelor of Science

  • Employed by hospitals, medical offices, long term care facilities and public health departments.
  • RN, BSN graduates provide patient assessment, patient care, patient education and complete a variety of treatments and procedures; they can progress to nursing administration and leadership roles.

Nursing Graduate Degrees

  • After completion of the RN, BSN students may further their education by pursuing a Masters in Nursing. There are a variety of Masters degrees in nursing that a BSN nurse may pursue. Nurse practitioner, nurse educator or clinical nurse specialist are just a few of the graduate degrees options available.

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

The Gainful Employment Program requires career college programs to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. In accordance with the program, Central Oregon Community College is providing the required disclosure information for each certificate program that leads to gainful employment.

In compliance with federal financial aid regulations, COCC is collecting and preparing to provide Gainful Employment information for the following Allied Health Certificate programs: