Train to become an entry-level care giver. In this role, you will observe patient conditions, report changes to the nursing staff, assist patients/residents with the activities of daily living, and become culturally sensitive to the specific needs of all patients/residents, under the supervision of a Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse.
Our one semester, 6 credit-hour certificate program, approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, features day and evening classes in a state-of-the-art facility or in rural settings. You will receive practice and information on:
- Patient care
(including caring for the terminally ill and patients with Alzheimer and related dementias)
- Personal and Supportive care
- The working environment
(safety, lifting, moving and transporting patients, cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
- Health care systems
- Basic anatomy, nutrition, and fluid balance
Sit for the Illinois nurse aide competency state exam after course completion. Visit the Illinois Nurse Aide Testing
site for more information.
The long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population make for stable work for home nursing assistants. You may work in long-term care facilities, adult day care centers, home-care agencies, medical and mental health centers, or hospitals.