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Oregon Obtaining CNA 1 Certification

December 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Oregon

In the United States, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC), Patient Care Assistant (PCA), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Nurse Aide (NA), State Tested Nurse Aide/Assistant (STNA), Nurse Tech (NT), or Nursing Assistant Registered (NAR) are all common titles that are considered to be UAPs.

Oregon Obtaining CNA 1 Certification:

Eligibility to Apply for CNA 1 Initial Certification and Testing

You are eligible to take the CNA 1 Examination if you have:

  • Completed an OSBN-approved nursing assistant level-1 training program in the last two years; or
  • Completed an approved nurse aide training program in another state that was at least 75 hours in length (and met OBRA 1987 standards) within the last two years; or
  • Completed training as a military corpsman or medic (when such training met OBRA standards) and have had 400 hours of paid employment in a nursing-related capacity within the last two years; or
  • Graduated from an approved nursing education program one to three years ago; and
  • Complete a national criminal background check.  (Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions about fingerprinting.)

Nursing Assistant (CNA1) Examination Description
Oregon CNA testing is provided by Headmaster Testing Service.  The examination is administered in several locations around the state.  The two-part test is comprised of:

  • A multiple-choice written exam (administered in a group setting), and
  • A manual skills test.  You will be tested individually in a clinical setting.  You will be given five skills to perform and the necessary supplies and equipment.  Actors serve as clients for this portion of the exam.  You will be observed and rated by a Registered Nurse using objective criteria.

You should notify the OSBN prior to testing if you require special accommodation due to a disability. Special note: Oral examinations are available.  Oral exams are comprised of questions read aloud on a pre-recorded tape.  Applicants respond in writing on the answer sheet provided.  A small portion of the exam consists of reading comprehension.  Candidates must be able to read and respond to these questions without the tape or other assistance.

Nursing Assistant (CNA 1) Exam Application Procedures
Oregon CNA testing is provided by Headmaster Testing Service.  The Candidate Handbook for Oregon is available on the Headmaster website.  There are two ways to apply for testing:

  1. Complete a Oregon-Certification-Examination-Application (pdf) and send it directly to the OSBN office, or
  2. Schedule an exam date through your nursing assistant program instructor.  (Ask your instructor is this option is available to you.)

If you apply to the OSBN directly, refer to the application packet for details on scheduling your exam. Keep in mind:

  • You will receive a letter from the testing service notifying you of the date, time and place for the exam before the exam date.
  • It is not realistic for you to work any shift on the day of the exam.  It is not advisable for you to work the night before or the evening of the exam.
  • Test results are scored by an independent testing service.  Results will be mailed to you in approximately 10 days after the test.  If you pass, you will receive an Oregon CNA certificate.   If you do not pass, you will receive notification about which skills or areas need improvement.