Begin your nursing career through the Basic Nursing Assistant program! Your time will be spend engaging in classroom theories and clinical practices. This program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to provide instruction of basic nursing skills in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings. The classroom portion of the course includes: basic anatomy, medical terminology, communication skills, safety, infection control and patient rights.
You must successfully complete the Basic Nursing Assistant course with an 80 or better to be eligible to take the IDPH Competency Evaluation Examination. Upon passing the state competency examination, your name will be added to the IDPH Health Care Worker Registry and will be eligible to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Beulah Uphoff – Basic Nurse Assistant Instructor, Director of the BNA Program
This curriculum includes proper management of resident/patient hygiene and mobility, and monitoring of vital signs. In the nursing lab, you will master the 21 patient care skills mandated by the IDPH. The instructor will demonstrate skills; you will then practice skills until achieving mastery level in the lab with other students.
The clinical experience provides you with the opportunity to perform supervised practice of required clinical skills, including bathing, feeding, and transfer of residents/patients.
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.