Nurse Assistant

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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.
Program Approval:
This course's requirements are specific to the state of Illinois and approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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