Healthcare Assistant, Certificate




Identify the role of the CNA in the health care setting.

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.

Demonstrate effective verbal, non-verbal, and written communication with residents/clients and health care team members.

Exhibit a sense of caring and respect for residents’ choices related to cultural values, beliefs, and lifestyles.

Demonstrate accountability and professional behaviors throughout the Nursing Assistant course.

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

Demonstrate the ability to properly collect, handle, and process blood specimens for analysis in health care settings.

Program Overview

The Healthcare Assistant program is designed to prepare individuals to administer client care as members of a nursing team in physician offices, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, and other extended care facilities. The Medical Terminology course is designed to assist with knowledge of medical vocabulary.  The nursing assistant course consists 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. The phlebotomy courses consist of lecture, lab practice and a clinical practicum collecting laboratory specimens.


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


HLTH 1404Phlebotomy Techniques

4 Credits

HLTH 1412Phlebotomy Techniques Practicum

2 Credits


HLTH 1416Phlebotomy CBE

6 Credits

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

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Total Credit Hours: 16