Welcome to Excelsior Healthcare Academy (EHA) The administration and staff look forward to working with you during your educational studies. The School Catalog and handbook was developed to provide you with general information about the school and program(s) and to outline the policies of Excelsior Healthcare Academy. You are responsible for the information contained herein.

Read it carefully and ask questions.

Along with your enrollment agreement, this Catalog will govern our expectations of each other. We are excited that you have chosen EHA and strive to provide you a positive and beneficial educational experience.


Bola Macarthy



Ms. Bola Macarthy founded Excelsior CAN School, Inc. in 2007, as a for-profit entity chartered in the state of Illinois to provide health-related, postsecondary education. Over the subsequent six years, the school has emerged as a leader in nursing assisting education in the greater Chicago area. Excelsior Healthcare Academy (EHA) program(s) are designed and delivered in accordance with its mission and with the guidelines of the Illinois Board of Higher Education Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools and the Illinois Nurse Practice Act.


EHA’s mission is to offer high quality, nursing and related educational programs that lead to entry-level employment and, where appropriate, state licensure.


Excelsior Healthcare Academy’s educational philosophy is to offer hands-on, interactive career training in a simulated workplace environment. To meet this Excelsior Healthcare Academy:


  • Offers nursing and related training so that students can achieve their career, educational, and personal goals;
  • Provides training using actual on-the job situations so graduates have the skills and competencies needed for entry-level employment;
  • Ensures only relevant equipment and materials are used in the training of students; and
  • Hires qualified instructors and staff.


Excelsior Healthcare Academy EHA is approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Illinois Board of Higher Education Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools, 1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333, Springfield, Illinois

IDPH is the licensing agency for the CNA program and the Phlebotomy program has no licensing Agency

Excelsior Healthcare Academy EHA is approved by the Illinois Division of Public Health.

“Excelsior Healthcare Academy is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.”

The school does not guarantee the transferability of credits to another school, college, or university.  Credits or coursework are not likely to transfer; any decision on the comparability, appropriateness, and applicability of credit and whether credit should be accepted is the decision of the receiving institution.


The School is located in a one and one-half story building on a major road in Chicago Heights. There is ample off-street, paved parking. The school is equipped with a simulated examination room and equipment. The facility includes a large classroom equipped with desks and a whiteboard. There is also a clinical demonstration room equipped with a bed, washbasin, and toilet. The school has a student break area and restrooms.

The building is in compliance with all Federal, State, and Local regulations. The School Director assures IBHE that the institution will continue to be maintained and operated in compliance with all appropriate ordinances or laws.


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Respect, Responsibility, Trust, and Dialogue. These core values are fundamental to the success of the healthcare profession and Excelsior Healthcare Academy community. These values are the foundation for our work, how we interact with one another, and help guide the strategies we employ to fulfill our vision, mission, and strategic goals. We are supportive of one another efforts, loyal to one another, and care for one another both professionally and personally. We embrace, own, and are energized by these core values.


Excelsior Healthcare Academy EHA does not discriminate in student admissions or in student decisions, or in all other segments of the School community on the basis of race, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, religion, disability, ancestry, political affiliation, marital status or unfavorable discharge from military service, in the educational programs and activities which it operates. The School is prohibited from discrimination in such manner by applicable laws.


All prospective students have a one-on-one Career Planning Session with an admissions representative to determine the prospect’s awareness and suitability for their chosen field of study. Because of legal and ethical factors impacting nursing and nursing education, additional standards and requirements are placed on the nursing student that may not be typical of other academic majors. Therefore, applicants must meet the following requirements:


  • Be at least 18 years of age or, if not, have parental permission in writing
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or successfully pass a Basic Skills Test with a minimum verbal score of 70% and minimum math score of 70%.
  • Have a personal interview.
  • Complete an Application for Admission
  • Submit a signed enrollment agreement.
  • Successfully pass tests in Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, and Basic Math
  • Produce proof of current and negative TB Skin Test and negative Chest X-ray
  • Submit a criminal background check application*.

*Background checks are required by law through the Illinois Department of Public Health and is the first step towards the certification process. Results of this background check will be sent to you. If the charges are listed “pending” you may continue in the class. If after a more extensive investigation, the results show evidence of one or more of the criminal behaviors which would prohibit employment in the health care field, you will be advised in writing of what recourse you may have. Until the conclusion of the extensive investigation and possible hearing, you will not be permitted to take the certification exam. If you have had a criminal background check within one year of your expected exam date, you must bring a confirming document to the instructor.


After acceptance in the program, students must:

  • Submit a completed physician’s report of a current physical examination, including information regarding vaccination status
  • Submit a copy of the results from a current two-step Mantoux test
  • Comply with additional lab diagnostics as need by affiliating agencies
  • File all required documents with the Nursing Office prior to the first day of clinical rotations
  • Submit a completed Certificate of Compliance attesting all required forms are submitted. Failure to submit the Certificate of Compliance will result in clinical absence.


In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), EHA recognizes that qualified students who have been diagnosed or identified as having a learning, physical, or emotional disability are entitled to reasonable accommodations. EHA is committed to making every effort to providing reasonable accommodations. Students with special needs should contact EHA’s director who will assist in providing appropriate accommodations.


The primary objective of EHA is to provide complete and outstanding training programs basic nursing and related education. The objective is to provide quality training so that graduates will pass their licensure examinations, if applicable, and become employed in their respective fields. Specifically, the School:


  • Strives to continuously improve operations in order to keep current with ever-changing developments and new technologies/equipment.
  • Observes all rules and regulations of the Illinois Board of Higher Education Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools
  • Encourages instructors to stay current with the latest teaching methods in their respective fields by reading educational books and magazines, and by attending teacher’s advanced programs, workshops, and trade demonstrations.
  • Utilizes acceptable teaching techniques and training aids, such as textbooks, workshops, films, and fieldwork, in order to provide the best possible training for its students.
  • Purchases high grade, standard nursing-related equipment.
  • Advertises truthfully and makes honest representations
  • Refrains from acting in a manner that might reflect unfavorable on other schools and the Nursing profession.


The Student Services team at Excelsior Healthcare Academy provides a broad range of services to support the achievement of students’ academic, career, and life goals. We can also refer students to external support agencies when needed. More information may be found at http://www.excelsiorhealthcareacademy.com/support-services . Some of the many services offered by the Student Services team are listed below, and are subject to change.


Excelsior Healthcare Academy offers support for students from the first day of class through graduation. Excelsior Healthcare Academy has School Advisors on staff to help students chart an education plan toward success. Advisors can assist students with setting goals, choosing which program or professional certificate to pursue, creating an education plan, selecting the appropriate classes, connecting with essential support services, planning for transfer to a four year college, and finding extracurricular groups related to a chosen career field.


Excelsior Healthcare Academy Wellness Center provides mental health and social services to support students’ personal well-being and academic success. Staff offer support for personal challenges such as stress and time management, adjusting to being a college student, family issues, relationship conflict, veterans’ re-entry, anxiety, and depression. Our range of services includes individual counseling, support groups, testing for learning disabilities, and presentations on a host of wellness topics. In addition, the Wellness Centers provide referrals to community-based resources for childcare, emergency shelters, low-cost medical care, legal assistance, and food pantries. Students also benefit from assistance in applying for needs-based programs such as LINK, TANF, and health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Call services are free and confidential. To make an appointment, call or walk in to the school Wellness Center. Visit http://www.excelsiorhealthcareacademy.com/wellness-center for more information.


The Excelsior Healthcare Academy currently offers the following certification program



Under the supervision of a Registered Nurse a CNA work to provide assistance to patients with Activity of Daily Living i.e feeding, repositioning, emotional care and comfort for a patient. The Basic Nurse Assistant program presents the basics of bedside patient care under the guidelines of the federal and state requirements. Participants who successfully complete the course will meet criteria to sit for the Illinois Department of Public Health Certified Nursing Assistant Examination. This program can be completed in 120 clock hours.



To provide training that will enable the student to work assisting nurses in nursing homes, rehab home, assisted living facility or residential homes.


4 weeks – 5 days a week

120 hours


Tuition: $850 (books not included)

Fees : 420 (Books, uniform, background checks, finger prints, stethoscope, sphygmamonometer, CPR training and Board Exams).


The Accelerated Phlebotomy curriculum prepares individuals to obtain blood through the vein for the purpose of laboratory analysis.. Course work includes proper specimen collection and handling, communication skills, health and safety, anatomy and physiology and medical terminology. Students successfully completing the Accelerated Phlebotomy Program may qualify for employment in hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, and other healthcare settings. Successful completers will be eligible for national certification as Phlebotomy Technicians through the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) or the National Career Association

Phlebotomy Technician Course Handbook


Students should consider homework as an integral part of their training program. Students are expected to be prepared for upcoming course material and review previously learned information on a regular basis. Homework may be assigned by individual instructors on an as-needed basis. Students should be prepared for homework assignments and allow time each day for homework.


In accordance with FERPA, students desiring to inspect their records should direct that request to the Campus Director. Students are allowed access to copies of items in their student file at any time during regular business hours. Graduates may also request copies of any information in their student files at any time by sending written notice to the School describing their request. Transcripts are available to students upon request for $10.


The School operates 12 months a year, holidays taken by School excluded.
Regular school hours are Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Classes typically begin at 10:00 am.

A ten-minute break will be taken every hour at ten-minutes until the hour with the exception of times when testing or course review is conducted.

The hours and school class schedules are subject to change by administration, based on the needs of individual programs. A change in school schedule may extend graduation dates.


The School observes New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, and the Christmas Holiday season (exact dates will be posted in the classroom).


EHA does not discriminate in student admissions or in student decisions, or in all other segments of the School community on the basis of race, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, religion, disability, ancestry, political affiliation, marital status or unfavorable discharge from military service, in the educational programs and activities which it operates. The School is prohibited from discrimination in such manner by applicable laws.


With regard to Public Law 101-542, EHA, in accordance with U.S. Department of Education Letter dated August 1991, consistently collects data on any campus crime activity, which is available to interested parties. In addition the School tracks its completion/graduation and retention rates also available to interested parties. The school had no serious crime for the last reporting period. The institutional disclosures table is given as a supplement to the Catalog.


The School’s job placement service is available to assist graduates with finding employment. The School does not guarantee any of its graduates that they will become employed as a result of the training. Below are the different aspects of the School’s service:


  • Students are informed/reminded weekly regarding their job awareness and activities
  • The healthcare facilities where students complete their clinical rotations are encouraged to hire graduates
  • EHA continually builds relationships with area employers for the purpose of being notified about job openings and getting feedback about EHA training
  • EHA posts job openings as they become available.
  • EHA works with each graduate in their placement efforts to identify areas where more assistance is required.


EHA utilizes an efficient placement follow-up procedure. The School has excellent relationships with area long-term healthcare facilities. The School considers this relationship to be an extremely important part of its operation. The school maintains a placement file to track placement statistics, graduation rates, and withdrawal rates.


Previous educational experiences are recognized by students demonstrating knowledge through examination of skill and subject matter and/or evaluation of transcripts. The acceptance of transfer credits may result in a change of program completion times. However, no more than fifty percent (50%) of the total clock/semester credit hours may be credited by advanced standing. A proportionate adjustment will be made on total tuition charge. All such credit must be approved by the Campus Director prior to the student’s commencement of training. No transfer credits will be allowed for courses designated as foundations.



Advanced Standing By Transfer of Credit


Credits earned at another licensed postsecondary institution will be assessed to determine which credits apply to the program in which the student is enrolling. Official transcripts from previously attended institutions are required and students must have earned a grade of “C” or better for credit to be awarded. The course(s) must be comparable in level and content to course for which the student receives credit. Hands-on, skill based classes, in which technologies may have changed significantly may require additional testing to evaluate the credit appropriately. Transferred courses will be indicated on the academic record as a “T”.


Advanced Standing By Proficiency Testing


Students who have acquired skills, knowledge and mastery of a particular subject via work experience, study, or personal attainment are able to pursue these subjects at their proficiency levels by demonstrating proficiency in that subject through examination. The tests are the equivalent of a comprehensive final examination in a subject area and a grade equivalent of “C” is required. Any proficiency test may be taken only one time, must be for a course required in the student’s program, and must be taken prior to enrollment in the related course. An Advanced Placement Testing Fee may be charged for each test taken. Should proficiency be achieved, course credit will be granted for the curriculum requirement and a grade of “P” will be posted to the academic record.



Transferability of Credits to Other Schools


EHA is designed to provide the student with vocational career training and is not designed to prepare the student for transfer to other institutions. Acceptance of EHA hours is determined solely by the receiving institution. Students wishing to transfer hours should first consult with the Registrar at those institutions concerning acceptance. Accreditation/Licensure alone does not guarantee credit transfer. The School cannot and does not guarantee credit transfer.   The school does not have articulation agreements with other schools.


EHA is a contact, clock-hour school. A contact hour is defined as a fifty-minute period of lecture and/or field instruction within a sixty minute period. Generally, a contact hour begins at the top of the hour and ends at the fifty minute mark; however, the School reserves the right to adjust hours of instruction to accommodate local resources and conditions without sacrificing a student’s ability to achieve course objectives.


Graduation requirements for EHA are that students must have:

  1. Completed all designated work assignments required for the program of study in which enrolled.
  2. Completed the number of hours required for the program of student in which enrolled.
  3. Maintained a minimum grade of “C” or 78% in all areas.
  4. Satisfactorily completed all clinical obligations.
  5. Satisfied all financial obligations to the School.


At such time as any student meets all of the above requirements for graduation, the School will confer upon the student the Certificate appropriate to the student’s completion of the program of study.


Students are required to show progress during the program of study by maintaining not less than a 78% in order to maintain satisfactory progress and remain in good standing. Those students who fail to maintain at least a 78% average will be placed on academic probation for a period of 30 days. During the probationary period, students are encouraged to make every effort possible to improve and reach the minimal level of 78%. Students who fail to meet the requirements during the probationary period will be advised that their training is terminated.


100-93                         A [Excellent]

92-86                           B [Above Average]

85-78                           C [Average]

77-70                           D [Below Average]

Below 70                    F [Failing]


The purpose of the grading system is to establish policies and standards that are fair to all students and ensure that all courses include an effective and uniform policy for assessing and awarding grades. The grading system and course weights for each course are explained to students by the instructor at the beginning of the class.


The school has a certificate of occupancy to operate as a school and is in compliance with all requirements as set forth by city of Chicago Heights and the State of Illinois. The building meets all fire system requirements and also maintains a satisfactory annual fire inspection. Exits ways are clearly marked throughout the facility.


First aid kits are available for minor accidents. School staff will not administer or suggest any medication to students except by specific written and signed medical authorization agreements.

Upon enrollment students complete an Emergency Contact Form, which provides essential accident and health emergency information. In case of sudden illness and/or accidents, the School will seek to contact the person[s] listed on this form. If the contact person[s] cannot be reached, or the emergency appears to require immediate action, the School will summon the local medical emergency service for assistance. The sick or injured person[s] will be responsible for any financial obligations incurred.

If hazardous weather conditions, such as snow/ice storms occur during the school day, the Director may determine, based upon weather reports and/or visibility, that the students and all personnel be dismissed. If hazardous weather conditions occur during the night, the Director will notify the media to include the School in the school-closing broadcast.

In the event of a power failure, the staff assumes the responsibility for ensuring the safety of the students. The students should remain in their present locations until given directions and supervision to move to another location. A continued power failure could possibly result in a structured dismissal of students and staff. The Director or designee will make this determination.




“Excelsior Healthcare Academy is not yet accredited by an accrediting body  recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (for financial purposes).”

Therefore, administration understands that paying for your education might, therefore, seem overwhelming.   In partnership with EBA Financial, the School can provide you with short-term financing plans based on your repayment history as opposed to your credit score.

Approximately 90 percent of applicants get approved. The Bursar will provide additional information regarding financing options during the admissions process. In addition, students may also pay cash if able.

(Contact the admin office if you need further clarification).


To maintain order and efficiency during training, the School requires students to abide by the rules. Any of the following will be cause for disciplinary action up to and including immediate dismissal of the student:


  1. Bringing drugs or alcohol onto the School property.
  2. Violating safe clinical practices.
  3. Academic dishonesty.
  4. Insubordination (failing to comply with the instructions of instructor or School employee).
  5. Participating in illegal acts on or off School property, while in training.
  6. Fighting or using vulgarity.
  7. Being under the influence of intoxicating drugs or alcohol.
  8. Disrupting instruction or training.


Most problems or complaints that students may have can be resolved through a personal meeting with staff. Grievances related directly to training must be submitted to the School Dean. Any grievance remaining unresolved after review by the Dean can be submitted in writing to the Director. Non-training related grievances must be submitted to the Director. The Dean and/or Director will make every reasonable effort to resolve a grievance to the satisfaction of the student. Answers to grievances will be given no more than ten days after submission of grievance. The written complaint should contain (1) the nature of the problem(s), (2) approximate date(s) that the problem(s) occurred, (3) name(s) of the individual(s) involved in the problem(s) – staff and/or other students, (4) copies of important information regarding the problem(s), (5) evidence demonstrating that the institution’s complaint procedure was followed prior to this point in time, and (6) student signature.


If a student’s questions or concerns are not resolved to the student’s satisfaction, students may make complaints to:


Illinois Board of Higher Education Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools,

431 East Adams, Second Floor,

Springfield, IL 62701-1404.

Phone: (217) 782-2551
Fax: (217) 782-8548
TTY:  (888) 261-2881


I, Bola Macarthy, School Director, do hereby certify that all statements included in this catalog are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Bola Macarthy

Mandatory Documents

The following agreement documents are two parts of the contract between the school and the student. Registered students should download the enrollment program of their choice and the school academic catalog below



If you require additional information or assistance, do not hesitate to contact the school office