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.