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Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program Certificate

Last updated 5/15/2014

Certificate Code 5566

Program Contacts:
QC Campus

Cheryl Ballantyne, 309-796-5404, ballantynec@bhc.edu
First Stop Center, 309-796-5100
East Campus
Wendy Smith, 309-854-1713, smithw@bhc.edu


The applicant must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Minimum of 8th grade education; 10th grade or above preferred.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) students required to take the Michigan Test.

All registered students must get a fingerprint background check prior to the first day of class. The first step will be to fill out the Health Care Worker Background Check Disclosure Form. Click here for instructions and printable form.

The Health Care Worker Background Check Act prohibits individuals with disqualifying offenses from working as a certified nursing assistant. It is suggested that students check the following website, and if necessary, obtain the proper waiver prior to enrolling in NA 100 – Health Care Worker Registry.

Prior to starting the clinical practicum portion of the class, the applicant must show proof of the following:

  • 2-step tuberculosis screening or negative chest x-ray.
  • 2 MMR immunizations or negative titer.
  • Hepatitis B immunization series or a signed waiver.
  • Varicella immunization or history of chicken pox.
  • Physical Assessment.
Health History Form

All students must achieve grades of “C” or above in theory and application areas and complete 40 clinical hours in order to receive a certificate of completion. Students must also successfully document and meet all health and background checks required by academic departments and/or clinical sites prior to admission to program and/or clinical sites prior to clinical practicum.

Upon successful completion of both the classroom and the clinical skills portions of training, the student will receive a minimum of 80 hours of classroom and 40 hours of clinical training. This meets the basic educational preparation to perform in the capacity of a nurse assistant in the State of Illinois. The student will then be eligible to take the Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation Program written and performance test (Nurse Assistant Certification Test).

Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program Certificate
Certificate Code 5566
Course of Study Outline –

Basic Nurse Assistant Training Curriculum
NA 100 — Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program
Eight weeks in length – fall and spring semesters
Nursing theory, including 4 hours CPR and 12 hours of Alzheimer’s training (108)

Clinical Practicum (40)

Total credit hours (8)

Courses for this program include: »

NA 100 Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program
8 cr. hrs.;
5 lecture hrs; 9 lab hrs per wk. (40 hrs clinical)
Prerequisite: Must be at least 16 years old.
Provides the nurse assistant students with knowledge, understanding and skills to function as a responsible member of the health team. Students combine theory with practical applications to various health care situations. Additional emphasis has been incorporated regarding the aging process, problems of the aged, death and dying, and caring for residents with Alzheimer’s disease.