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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Certificate Program

The Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program (CNATP) prepares students for employment as entry-level certified nurse assistants (CNA) through a combination of classroom and clinical education. This program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health and emphasizes basic nursing assistant skills and related knowledge. Upon successful completion of the Illinois State Competency Exam, the CNA will be recognized on the Illinois Health Care Worker Registry. 

According to the United States Department of Labor, for nurse assistants the median pay was $13.23 per hour and the median annual wage was $27,520 in May 2017. Employment of nurse assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 11% from 2016 to 2026 (Source: U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Registration Information

Registration for the NURSA 1105 course is in accordance with the college registration calendar AND is affected by the 90 day drug screen and TB skin tests health requirement's earliest completion date. Students are eligible to register for the course after ALL pre-enrollment academic, health, and financial requirements are completed.
 

Spring 2021 - NURSA 1105: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) - Course Session (January start classes)

  • Registration Opens: November 5, 2020 - See "CNA Registration Requirements" for spring 2021 for eligibility details.
  • Note regarding the TB and Drug Testing: Your TB and Drug Test must be done no earlier than 90 days prior to class start. This earliest completion date for Spring 2021 January start classes is October 29, 2020.
  • Registration Closes: January 15, 2021 at close of business day or before if all seats are filled.
  • Mandatory virtual CNA Student Orientation (CSO) Due Date: January 20, 2021. CSO details will be provided in the Welcome e-mail letter.
  • A Welcome e-mail letter will be mailed to all registered students' college e-mail with details about the criminal background checks and orientation.

 

Spring 2021 - NURSA 1105: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) - Course Session (March start classes)

  • Registration Opens: December 20, 2020 - See "CNA Registration Requirements" for spring 2021 for eligibility details.
  • Note regarding the TB and Drug Testing: Your TB and Drug Test must be done no earlier than 90 days prior to class start. This earliest completion date for Spring 2021 March start classes is December 19, 2020.
  • Registration Closes: March 5, 2021 at close of business day or before if all seats are filled.
  • Mandatory virtual CNA Student Orientation (CSO) due dates: March 11, 2021 CSO details will be provided in the Welcome e-mail letter.
  • A Welcome e-mail letter will be mailed to all registered students' college e-mail with details about the criminal background checks and orientation.

Program Contact Information

Please visit the Program Contacts page for detailed information.