Nursing Assistant, Certificate

Curriculum code: CNA.MCRT.C72A


Utilize functional knowledge of the communication process in developing effective interpersonal relationships.

Demonstrate a basic understanding of human anatomy and common health problems, including Alzheimer’s and related disorders.

Demonstrate a basic understanding of the organization of health care facilities including the roles of the registered nurse, practical nurse, and nursing assistant.

Demonstrate competency in performing basic nursing assistant skills (according to IDPH standards) for individuals requiring health care, while maintaining patient rights, safety, and infection control.

Communicate significant patient observations by recording and reporting to appropriate members of the health care team.

Demonstrate a sense of caring and sensitivity to the needs, problems, and situation of the individuals with whom he or she has contact.

Apply HIPAA standards in order to protect the privacy of the individual’s health information.

Demonstrate respect for the individuals’ culture, gender, race, class, ethics, and experiences.

Exhibit characteristics of dependability, honesty, and teamwork.

Demonstrate the ability to initiate basic CPR and the Heimlich maneuver.

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.

Students in health career programs are advised to consult the Code of Campus Affairs and Regulations, section 11.4. This regulation concerns completion of all courses in health career curricula being 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.

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

HLTH 1312Medical Terminology

2 Credits

MATH 1213Business Mathematics

3 Credits


BIOL 1564Intro to Anatomy & Physiology

4 Credits


BIOL 2644Anatomy & Physiology I

4 Credits


BIOL 2654Anatomy & Physiology II

4 Credits

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

Total Credit Hours: 17-21

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