Certified Nurse Assistant
As a nursing assistant or nurse aide, you will offer patients compassion and patience while assisting them with day-to-day life tasks such as dressing, bathing, and feeding. You may also support doctors and nurses in diagnostic procedures and technical treatments. Certified nursing assistants or nurse aides (CNAs) also typically assist in patient charting and instruction, documenting any care that is given and report of any significant observations to the nursing staff.
Nursing assistants enjoy solid job security and frequently work a flexible schedule. Typical work environments include long-term care facilities, hospitals, clinics and in the home.
While in school, you will be instructed on a broad range of subjects, including infection control, communication and interpersonal skills, safety and emergency procedures, personal care skills, psychosocial needs, basic restorative services and skills, basic nursing skills, quality improvement and more.
The CNA program is quick, thorough, current and relevant with courses that offer you a great experience and the ability to get into the healthcare field in just a couple of months.
DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM / COURSE:
The Basic Nurse Assistant program presents the basics of bedside patient care under the guidelines of the federal and state requirements.
PREREQUISITE COURSES & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO PROGRAM / COURSE:
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 a 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.
PROGRAM / COURSE OBJECTIVES:
To prepare graduates to sit for the Illinois Department of Public Health Certified Nursing Assistant Examination