Nursing Assistant Program Certificate
Nursing Assistant CertificateCNA Guidesheet
What is a Nursing Assistant?
A certified nursing assistant's (CNA) main role is to provide basic care and comfort to patients, as well as assist them in daily activities they might have trouble with on their own, (such as bathing) with respect and dignity. CNA's work under the direction of licensed practical or registered nurses.
Where do CNA's work?
- In acute care hospital settings.
- In long-term care facilities.
- With Home Health.
- Assisted Living facilities.
According to the US Department of Labor (DOL), employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, nursing assistants will be needed to assist and care for elderly patients.
The DOL estimates the annual income for a CNA in this region to be approximately $28,540.00 annually for a CNA working full-time.
- Illinois Valley Community College’s Certified Nursing Assistant Program is completed in 8 weeks.
- The 8 weeks consists of a combination of theory with a supervised clinical component for practical application.
- The class is 8 credit hours and classes are conducted 4 out of 5 days per week, during the 8 weeks.
- Day and evening classes are available.
- The 8 week CNA class is offered all three semesters of the academic year.
- After the completion of the required course, an individual will receive a college Certificate as a Nursing Assistant. This is not the certificate that allows CNA's to practice.
- Successful completion of this course (with a "C" or better) allows the individual to take the state exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant in the State of Illinois. The state exam can be taken at the IVCC Oglesby campus either electronically or paper/pencil.
- The State certificate is necessary for CNA's to practice in most settings.
Features of the Program
This program is unique in that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) oversees the workings of this program including, the number of hours spent in class and at the clinical site, the topics that are to be taught and learned over the 8 weeks, and the equipment that can be found in the CNA laboratory. Successful completion of this course (with a "C" or better) allows the individual to take the state exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant in the State of Illinois. The State certificate is necessary for CNA's to practice in most settings.
The State of Illinois mandates that CNA students must be capable of the following:
- A physical exam, two-step TB skin test and drug screen are required for admission to the program.
- A criminal background check prior to starting the clinical portion of this class. A misdemeanor or felony conviction may prevent an individual from working in a health care setting.
- Lift 35 pounds with no restrictions.
- Perform basic math skills (add, subtract, multiply and divide.)
- Be 16 years of age or older.
- Adhere to strict attendance policies for lecture, lab and clinical classes.
- Demonstrate coping skills to safely engage in care for patients/residents.
IVCC tuition is just one-third to one-fourth the cost of state universities and far
below most private institutions. An approximation of tuition and fees and cost comparison
can be found on the IVCC website at www.ivcc.edu/payment and at www.ivcc.edu/save.
Many scholarship opportunities are available through the IVCC Foundation at
This class does not qualify for Financial Aid due to the low number of credit hours.
Please note - This class is required to be completed before enrollment in the IVCC Nursing Programs.