Certified Nurse Assistant:

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2 High School Credits
7 College Credits/Dual Enrollment Available

Available Certification(s): Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) & CPR

A reading placement test is the first requirement for entry into this class. This course
provides a strong base for students who wish to gain experience and background for
advanced study in the health and medical fields. Instruction includes orientation to
health-related careers, basic patient care skills, medical terminology, nutrition,
anatomy, physiology and first aid. In addition, this course prepares students for the
Illinois Certified Nursing Assistant exam. This certification is required for employment in
a hospital, long-term care facility, or home health care. The State of Illinois has set
mandated attendance requirements for classroom (theory) and clinical hours, therefore
excellent attendance is crucial. A minimum score of 80% in classroom work must be
maintained throughout the year for a student to participate in clinicals and take the
state CNA exam in May. Clinical experiences at community health care facilities are an
integral part of the program. A two-step TB test and a Flu shot are required by the
clinical sites. A criminal background check will be done on all students prior to the start
of clinical rotations and students are not allowed to have any convictions. A mandatory
urine drug screen will be conducted as well and the results of this screen must be
negative for the student to remain in this course. Students are responsible for the costs
of the Background Check, Drug Test, TB Skin Test and Flu Shot. Students are also
required to purchase a scrub top & pants, stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, wristwatch
with a second hand and a pair of vinyl or leather shoes. A valid Social Security Number
is required. Students must demonstrate competency in a number of skills and be able to
lift a minimum of 25 pounds before attending clinicals. NUR 100 – Basic Nurse Assistant
Training is the college class for which students will earn credit. Also available: Health
Occupations I Night Class will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00pm-
8:00pm. Lectures are presented in an accelerated format. Excellent study skills, time
management & attendance are crucial. See your counselor for additional information.
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