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Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate Program Map

Expected Certificate/Degree


Program Description

Certified Nursing Assistants are entry level providers of direct patient care in today's health care environment, including long-term care, hospitals, home health agencies, rehabilitation and hospice. Routine care is administered by the nursing assistant under the direct supervision of a nurse. Nurse assistant training is completed in one semester of classroom instruction with a clinical component. The Certified Nursing Assistant Training program meets the guidelines set by federal and state government. Upon successful completion of the program students are eligible to take the certification competency exam in Illinois to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). This exam is managed and approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Program Requirements

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.

Please contact Karen Batke, program coordinator, at (630) 942-3491 or for more information on the Certified Nursing Assistant program at College of DuPage.

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Code Course Name Credits
NURSA 1105 Nurse Assistant Training 6

Total Credits: 6

  • Perform as a valued member of the health care team within the approved scope of practice allowed for a nursing assistant
  • Demonstrate safety, medical asepsis, and awareness of patient/resident rights
  • Identify methods for controlling the spread of infection
  • Demonstrate the principles of basic human anatomy and physiology
  • Define medical terms and abbreviations
  • Compile data necessary for the health care team to make informed decisions regarding the appropriate care plan for the health care consumer
  • Evaluate patient's responses to the provided care
  • Describe the principles and role of the nurse assistant in rehabilitative and restorative care facilities
  • Identify the common diseases and physical changes associated with the geriatric population
  • List the needs of the dying patient and the role of the nurse assistant in delivering post-mortem care
  • Complete the Alzheimer's disease and related disorders protocol
  • Perform the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) mandated skills for a nurse assistant
  • Implement holistic patient care based on the skills required by the State of Illinois for a nurse assistant
  • Demonstrate skills in the nursing care plan established for the patient
  • Perform in a manner appropriate of a nursing assistant when communicating with patients, visitors, instructors, and other team members
  • Perform within a legal and ethical framework based on patient rights as mandated in accordance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) policies
  • Perform self-evaluation to ensure the highest level of quality patient care

Contact Information

Nursing and Health Sciences Division
(630) 942-8331