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Nursing Assistant (Certificate)

8 credit hours.

This certificate prepares nursing assistants who provide basic care for patients in hospitals, long-term care centers and in-home health care. The certified nursing assistant is responsible for making basic observations about patients that may involve all body systems and the patient responses to treatment. Documentation and verbal reporting to the nurse are important aspects of the CNA's work. Thus, good communication skills are a vital part of the Nursing Assistant course curriculum. The CNA works under the direction and supervision of the nurse, therefore they must be able to receive orders, accept suggestions and follow through with assignments. Compassion, honesty, caring and trustworthiness are all required to work in healthcare.

All students enrolling in NURS 110 must submit a Livescan fingerprint background check in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) regulations. The Livescan process will be supervised by the instructor. A disqualifying conviction will prevent the student from participating in the clinical component of the course, unless an IDPH waiver has been granted.

Certificate course requirements

Information contained on this Web site is subject to change. Please check with an academic advisor for current course offerings and program requirements. Current students with continual enrollment may graduate under the current program requirements or any program requirements in effect since first enrollment. Students who intend to graduate must meet with an Academic Advisor to complete an "Application to Graduate" form a full semester prior to graduation. This will help ensure that a student meets all graduation requirements. Remember to always check with the school you are interested in attending for specific requirements.