Be ready to go to work in a growing healthcare field in one semester or less!

CNAs work under the direction of a registered nurse in most clinical settings and are responsible for bathing and feeding patients who need help; making beds; transferring and transporting patients; taking and recording vital signs as directed; and a variety of other basic (but essential) services.

This program is only one course, plus six clinical training days (48 hours) in a hospital or long-term care facility.

After completion with a “C” or above, you will be eligible to test as a Certified Nursing Assistant through the Illinois Department of Public Health. Certification will qualify you to work in long-term care facilities, hospitals and community and public health services throughout the state. It can also lead to interesting specialty areas such as physical therapy, pediatrics, emergency room, respiratory therapy and more.

Course Requirements

To qualify, participants must:

  • Achieve a minimum reading/comprehension score
  • Prove eighth grade completion
  • Pass a criminal background check*
  • Pass a drug test
  • Pass a health exam
  • Test negative for TB
  • Show proof of immunizations and flu shot
  • Attend CPR class arranged by your instructor

*Health Care Worker Background Check Act
The Illinois Department of Public Health requires that all Nursing Assistant students have a Livescan (fingerprint) criminal background check prior to the start of class. Program staff will schedule the Livescan fingerprint appointment. Students who have questions or a criminal background should contact the Coordinator of the Nursing Assistant Program for more information on determining their eligibility for the program or their ability to complete the program.


  • Nurse Assistant | Certificate of Completion
  • Certified Nurse Assistant II | Certificate of Completion

See the catalog for the course and degree information
*This is only meant as a guide. Please see an advisor when planning your courses.

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Lewis and Clark Community College insures equal opportunities are offered in the admission, education, and employment of individuals regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, color, creed or religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, sexual orientation, and other protected categories. Any inquiries concerning the application of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Act, and the Illinois Human Rights Act may be made to: Lori Artis, Vice President of Administration, Erickson Hall, Room 103, Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey, IL 62035 (618) 468-3000.

Student Achievement Data

L&C Nurse Assisting Program

First-Time Pass Rates for the Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) certified by the Illinois Department of Public Health

Lewis and Clark Community College
2014 2015 2016 2017
96% 97% 88% 90%
Lewis and Clark Community College - Jersey Community Hospital
2014 2015 2016 2017
86% 100% 100% 82%
Lewis and Clark Community College - Secondary School
2015 2016 2017
79% 73% 92%
Lewis and Clark Community College - Eden Village Retirement Center

Licensure Information

Lewis and Clark Community College Nursing Assistant program meets the state education requirements to apply for the CNA Illinois state exam and to receive a CNA certification in the state of Illinois. Lewis and Clark Community College has not determined if the Nurse Assistant Certificate of Completion program meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia. Students considering licensure in other states, U.S. Territories, or the District of Columbia should contact the appropriate licensing agency in the area where you plan to be licensed prior to enrollment at Lewis and Clark Community College to ensure the coursework meets those requirements.