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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.

Fall 2020 - NURSA 1105: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) - Course Session (16-week & 1st 8-week class)

  • Registration Opens: April16, 2020 - See "CNA Registration Requirements" link below 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 Fall 2020 16-week and 1st 8-week class enrollment is May 26, 2020.
  • Registration Closes: August 10, 2020 at close of business day or before if all seats are filled.
  • Mandatory CNA Student Orientation (CSO) Dates: Monday, August 17, 2020 12:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Tuesday, August 18, 2020 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CSO registration details in the CNA Registration Process packet.
  • A welcome letter will be mailed to all registered students' college e-mail after registration closes.

 

Fall 2020 - NURSA 1105: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) - Course Session (2nd 8-week class)

  • Registration Opens: April 16, 2020 - See "CNA" Registration Requirements" link below 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 Fall 2020 2nd 8-week class enrollment is July 20, 2020.
  • Registration Closes: October 7, 2020 at close of business day or before if all seats are filled.
  • Mandatory CNA Student Orientation (CSO) Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CSO registration details in the CNA Registration Process packet.
  • A welcome letter will be mailed to all registered students' college e-mail after registration closes.

Program Contact Information

Please visit the Program Contacts page for detailed information.