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Certified Nursing Assistant

What Will I Learn?

Enjoy strong employment opportunities and offer meaningful care to others as a Certified Nursing Assistant. CNAs provide basic care for patients in hospitals, long-term care centers and in private homes. They assist patients with bathing, dressing, eating and other daily functions.

Through your HCC classes, learn to:

  • make basic observations about patients that involve all body systems and their responses to treament
  • perform medical procedures such as catheter care, specimen collection, vital signs and range of motion exercises
  • master non-invasive procedures by performing them on classmates
Fast Facts

Take the classroom portion of the Certified Nursing Assistant class, NURS 110, in either an 8-week or a 16-week format. The 140-hour program includes 90 hours in the classroom and lab. You also perform 50 hours of direct patient care in a local long-term care facility under the supervision of a nursing faculty member. Once the following criteria are met, you can be placed on the Illinois Department of Public Health CNA Registry:

  • successful completion of the CNA course
  • passing the manual/written competency tests
  • clearing a criminal background check
What Is The Occupational Outlook?

Employment of nursing aides, orderlies and attendants is expected to increase by 20% from 2010 to 2020, with significant opportunities working with the elderly in long-term care facilities.*

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition

Your HCC Options

Earn your certificate at heartland:

Nursing Assistant certificate

The Nursing Assistant Certificate at Heartland Community College prepares individuals to function as nursing assistants in nursing homes, hospitals and private homes. Instruction focuses on basic nursing knowledge and skills required to care for individuals in a manner that respects their dignity. Students will learn a variety of skills, which require fine-motor coordination. Students must also be physically able to lift and transfer patients safely and correctly. Students must be able to lift at least 50 pounds.

Nursing Questions

Contact the Nursing Department