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.
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.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition
Nurse Assistant | Certificate of Completion
Certified Nurse Assistant II | Certificate of Completion
See catalog for course and degree information
*This is only meant as a guide. Please see an advisor when planning your courses.
Student Achievement Data
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First-Time Pass Rates for the Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) certified by the Illinois Department of Public Health
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