Technical Program - Basic Nurse Assisting Program - Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL

Basic Nurse Assisting Program (NDP.NA)


The Basic Nursing Assistant Program is a one semester, 8 credit-hour certificate program approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

The Health Care Worker Background Check Act requires all students in a Nursing Assistant Training Program to submit to a fingerprint-based background check before working directly with patients or residents.


Students must successfully complete the Basic Nursing Assistant Program (AHE-040) with an 80% or better to be eligible to take the IDPH Competency Evaluation Examination.  Upon passing the state competency examination, the student's name will be added to the IDPH Health Care Worker Registry and will be eligible to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant.


AHE040:  Basic Nursing Assistant:

BNA campus phone number:  217/234-5568,  Office located in Neal Hall 023


The Basic Nursing Assistant Program includes 95 hours of theory/classroom and 40 hours of clinical practice.  This program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to provide instruction in basic nursing skills in theory, laboratory, and clinical settings.  The theory portion of the course includes:


-Basic Anatomy

-Medical Terminology

-Communication Skills


-Infection Control

-Patient Rights


This course contains substantial information on Alzheimer’s and dementia resident/patient care and emphasizes communication and coping mechanisms fundamental to working with this patient population.  The curriculum also includes proper management of resident/patient hygiene and mobility, and taking vital signs. In the nursing lab, students master the 21 patient care manual skills mandated by IDPH.  The instructor will demonstrate skills; students will then practice skills until achieving mastery level in the lab with other students.  Eleven of the twenty-one skills must be performed with a patient or resident during clinical sessions.


The clinical experience provides students with the opportunity to perform supervised practice of required clinical skills, including bathing, feeding, and transfer of residents/patients.

For more information contact:
Linda Kimball

* There are prerequisites or course requisites for this course
** Electives must be approved by Program Coordinator or Division Chair
one cross Course only offered fall semester
Footnote 2 Course only offered spring and summer semester
Footnote 3 Course only offered spring semester
Footnote 4 Courses offered in odd numbered years only
Footnote 5 Courses offered in even numbered years only
Footnote 6 SOS 050 Human Relations and PSY 271 Introduction to Psychology cannot be used as a social science elective
Footnote 7 Consult Academic Advisor for appropriate course
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First Year
AHE 040 Basic Nurse Assisting Program
  Total Semester Hours:

Total Program Hours: 8