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RCC nursing assistant program aims to fill workforce need

Rogue Community College Continuing Education & Workforce Development launched a Nursing Assistant program this year that aims to fill a need for trained caregivers in the Rogue Valley.

The six-week non-credit program is designed to prepare students to pass the nursing assistant certification exam through the Oregon State Board of Nursing. Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) work under the supervision of a licensed nurse to provide vital care for patients in nursing homes, home care, assisted living, hospice, hospitals, community-based long-term care, correctional institutions, and other long-term care settings. 

Students in the Nursing Assistant (NA) program will study patient care, nutrition, safety, legal and ethical issues, physical and mental disease processes, vital signs and infection control, emergency care, and interpersonal skills.

The program includes 80 hours of classroom and lab instruction at the RCC Table Rock Campus in White City as well as 75 clinical hours to be completed in long-term care sites in Josephine or Jackson counties.

Applications for summer term will be accepted until May 31; summer classes meet July 13-August 19. The course will be offered again fall term, September 28 - November 4; the deadline to apply for fall is August 16.

Lead instructor Diane Weaver worked in the nursing field for more than 45 years. Since retiring from hospital and clinical work, she began teaching for Rogue Community College and Regency Pacific.

For program details, or to apply, visit roguecc.edu/nursing-assistant. For questions, call RCC Continuing Education at 541-956-7303 or CommunityEducation@roguecc.edu.