Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)




Program Summary

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.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are required to pass the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Certified Nursing Assistant Examination for employment in this field of study.


Program Guide

Certified Nurse Assistant (PN 2126)


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.

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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)


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



Admissions and Advising

Toll Free 1-800-481-2242

Amy Sheffer

CNA Program Coordinator