CNA: Pathway to a great career and a better life

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What do you do if you feel like you’re stuck in a dead-end job that will never enable you to live your dreams?

At the LCC Florence Center, we just might have an answer for you.

After several years on hiatus, our Certified Nursing Assistant program is returning to Florence, in collaboration with PeaceHealth/Peace Harbor Medical Center and Lane Work- force Partnership. Our initial class will launch in early April as a CNA2 cohort, and we expect out-of-pocket costs to be minimal for selected students. We will follow up later in spring term or in early summer term with our first CNA1 cohort.

CNA1s are in demand from various health-related businesses in our community, and CNA2 is fast becoming the standard for entry-level positions at the hospital. Once you’ve been credentialed, in many cases you can work with your employer to continue to expand your knowledge and skill while you’re making a reasonable wage.

Lane Community College o ers a clear path- way from CNA1 to CNA2, and from CNA2 to our prestigious LPN/RN nursing program. Our Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program offers a one-year certificate (in addition to pre-requisite courses) that prepares students to be eligible to sit for LPN licensing exams, and our two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing prepares students to become Registered Nurses (RNs). Lane also offers an LPN-to-RN Bridge option for current LPNs to transition directly into the second year of the RN program.

While our CNA programs are offered entirely here in Florence, we also support our local LPN and RN students with two-video classes to minimize travel to Eugene, along with testing support and local clinical opportunities when possible.

But wait ... there’s more!

If you want to continue to grow in your career, Lane’s program o ers full articulation into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN or RNBS) online program with Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and the BSN program at Northwest Christian University close to home in Eugene, among others. OHSU’s program also offers a seamless pathway to their Master of Nursing degree.

Call the college today at 541-997-8444 and ask to be placed on our waiting list to receive all the details in January. It could be the first step to change your life — for good.


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