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Nursing Assistant Training (NA1)

Are you looking for a stable, in-demand and honorable entry-level job in the healthcare industry? Nursing assistants are compassionate and caring individuals who work in a variety of healthcare settings as an essential member of the nursing team, taking pride in making a positive difference in the lives of others.

There are hundreds of full-time and part-time jobs available across the Rogue Valley for caregivers and nursing assistants. Work opportunities in Southern Oregon include assisted living and rehabilitation centers, nursing care facilities, home care, hospitals and other healthcare settings. Many employers offer shift differential pay and/or sign-on bonuses.

In just 4-5 weeks, students who successfully complete RCC's Nursing Assistant 1 training program will be eligible to take the certification exam through the Oregon State Board of Nursing. Our state-approved NA1 program consists of 105 hours of online and in-person training.

RCC's small cohort size allows for personalized support to help you succeed.

About the Program

Nursing Assistant I Program, a nurse assisting an elderly ladyRCC's Nursing Assistant 1 program meets the requirements of the Oregon State Board of Nursing for students wishing to become nursing assistants at training level 1 (NA1). Students who successfully complete this coursework will be able to apply to take the certification exam through the Oregon State Board of Nursing. Passing the board exam grants licensure as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Students will study patient care, nutrition, safety, legal/ethical issues, physical and mental disease processes, vital signs and infection control, emergency care, and interpersonal skills. Students will be placed in long-term care clinical sites in Josephine or Jackson County to practice their nursing assistant skills during the clinical section of the course.

The program consists of 105 hours of online and in-person training. The first three weeks include 37 hours of online coursework that you can complete at your own pace and 28 hours of in-person lab training at our state-of-the-art Health Professions Center at the Table Rock Campus in White City or Redwood Campus in Grants Pass. The program finishes with students taking part in 40 hours of hands-on, supervised clinical training at a local healthcare facility.

To learn more about the Nursing Assistant I program, view the short Informational Presentation here.

Mandatory Orientation Registration Deadline Registration
January 16, 2024
Redwood Campus, Grants Pass
January 12, 2024 Register Now

The Investment


  • Required orientation before class begins
  • Total course hours are 105 (37 online theory, 28 lab, 40 clinical hours).
  • Class times vary, but in general class will meet twice a week for labs (from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.), followed by 40 total hours completed at a local healthcare facility. Online/classroom portion will be completed during the lab portion.


  • $1,700 tuition.
  • Tuition assistance is available through WorkSource Rogue Valley. Course is eligible for VA tuition assistance.
  • Other costs: Access to PC/laptop with internet access; immunizations and TB (PPD) skin test; American Heart Association BLS Provider Course; scrubs and closed-toe shoes; watch with sweep second hand; OSBN certification exam and background/fingerprinting process.

How to Enroll

Qualified students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must be age 17 or older.

To register, visit the RCC Schedule of Classes page. Course tuition will be refunded if the course is dropped 3 business days prior to the start date.

You will receive an email with instructions on how to initiate a background check, drug screen and other requirements through Verified Credentials, LLC. It is very important that you begin this process immediately. These documents must be completed, uploaded and verified one week prior to the class start date.

Upon completion of the program, in preparation to take the certification exam, the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) requires students to provide fingerprints in order for OSBN to conduct a national criminal history record check. Visit Criminal history/background check for information. Please review the potentially disqualifying conditions. You will receive information on how to do this at the end of your clinical rotation. 


Contact Sara Cook, 541-955-7568 or [email protected]

Oregon State Board of Nursing
Phone: 971-673-0685