Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)


This program is designed to teach and train the student to function as an integral part of a health care team, under the direction of a registered or licensed nurse, in nursing homes or home health care settings.

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student will be eligible to take the State of Illinois Nurse Aide Competency test.

Download Program Guide

Orientation Letter to New CNA Students

Estimated Cost

Health Care Worker Background Check Form

Nurse Aide Testing



Credit Hours
*CNA 120Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program7
CPR 120CPR for Healthcare Providers0.5
This course is mandatory for working in long-term care facilities.
*90 hours - theory
40 hours - clinic (will be held off-campus)


Admission Requirements


  • AGE: Be at least 16 years of age.
  • ENTRANCE TEST: Placement test score equivalent to ENG 047 or higher.
  • BACKGROUND CHECK: A fingerprint background check must be initiated prior to starting class. A 2-step PPD test for TB must be completed prior to clinical.


Possible Career Opportunities

Certified Medication Aide; Certified Nurse Aide; Certified Nursing Assistant; Geriatric Nursing Assistant; Licensed Nursing Assistant; Nurses’ Aide; Nursing Aide; Nursing Assistant; State Tested Nursing Assistant



Contact for More Information

Admissions and Advising
Email: admissions@shawneecc.edu
Toll Free: 1-800-481-2242
Phone:     (618) 634-3200