Nursing Assistant, Certificate

Curriculum code: CNA.MCRT.C72A

Program Overview

The Nursing Assistant program is designed to prepare individuals to administer patient care as members of a nursing team in hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, and other extended care facilities. The nursing assistant course consists of 168 hours of theory, laboratory and clinical content. The course is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Only PNUR 1438 is required to take the Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) exam. Successful completion of the NATCEP exam may be required for employment.

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Additional Program Information

Each student in this program must have a physical exam, criminal background check without any disqualifying convictions and a negative drug screen.

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Program Eligibility

Program eligibility/application process - Consult this information for steps to apply and enroll in a health program, deadlines, eligibility worksheets, and essential physical capabilities and functions.

Program Requirements

Major courses

PNUR 1438Nursing Assistant

8 Credits


BIOL 1564Intro to Anatomy & Physiology

4 Credits


BIOL 2644Anatomy & Physiology I

4 Credits


BIOL 2654Anatomy & Physiology II

4 Credits


HLTH 1312Medical Terminology

2 Credits


MATH 1213Business Mathematics

3 Credits

Consult an advisor or the course description for requirements to enroll in PNUR 1438.

Total Credit Hours: 17-21

Program Cost

Minimum credit hours required for completion: 17
Tuition and fees - $154.00 per credit hour $154.00
Course Fees:
BIOL 1564 Intro to Anatomy & Physiology1 20.00
PNUR 1438 Nursing Assistant 110.00
BIOL 1564 Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology1 266.95
  HLTH 1312  Medical Terminology     182.60  
MATH 1213 Business Mathematics

PNUR 1438 Nursing Assistant

Unisex scrub top with pocket * 20.00
Unisex scrub pants (Skirt is optional) * 22.00
Wrist watch with second hand * 25.00
White nursing shoes** 54.00
Clinical Badge (1st free, Replacement-$5) 0.00
Additional Program Costs:
NATCEP Exam (upon course completion) 67.00
Background Check and Drug Screening 73.00
Physical Examination/Tests/Etc. 250.00
TOTAL $4,058.65
1 May take BIOL 2644 (Anatomy & Physiology I) and BIOL 2654 (Anatomy & Physiology II) instead of BIOL 1564. The course fee is $25 for each course. The same textbook is used for both courses. The cost is $127.15.
* Available at the Hammes Bookstore or other area retailers
** Prices for shoes and watch vary depending on where they are purchased.
All prices are subject to change. Please visit Hammes Bookstore for the most up-to-date textbook prices.

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” Review the GE disclosure for the Nursing Assistant certificate.

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