Caring for patients as a certified nursing assistant, or CNA
Key Program Features
Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) can have a major impact on the care that patients receive. CNAs assist patients with basic healthcare needs or daily living activities and help them maintain their dignity during illness or injury. LLCC’s basic nurse assistant program includes classroom, lab and clinical experience. Classes are held on the main campus in Springfield and at all LLCC Outreach Centers. Students who successfully complete the program, are eligible to take the required Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) nurse aide competency exam. LLCC CNAs are employed in nursing homes, hospitals and home health settings.
Due to a growing elderly population and the need for certified nursing assistants to care for them, employment of CNAs is expected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The median annual wage for nursing assistants in May 2016 was $26,590.
Learn more about the courses in the basic nurse assistant program:
Basic Nurse Assistant • Certificate of Completion – time to completion: 8- or 16-week options
(See registration requirements below. For students pursuing a nursing degree, this program is a prerequisite for LLCC’s practical nurse and associate degree nursing programs.)
Students must meet one of the following criteria:
- LLCC Reading Assessment with a score of 60 or higher
- ACT reading score of 22 or higher
- SAT Writing/Reading score of 520 or higher
- Have passed LLCC’s Reading 098
Criminal Background Check
A fingerprint-based criminal background check is required by law for all nurse aide students and must be completed prior to registration. Students will need to complete the Health Care Worker Background Check Authorization and Disclosure form legibly and in its entirety. Please include an email address or fax number to where you would like your fingerprint paperwork sent and return the completed form to one of the following:
- CNA office
- Local LLCC Outreach Center – Beardstown, Jacksonville, Litchfield or Taylorville
- Email a copy to CNA.Program@llcc.edu
Students who have previously completed a background check must complete a new Health Care Worker Background Check Authorization and Disclosure form to grant LLCC permission to access previous background check information.
When the disclosure form is processed, students will be provided with a Livescan form to take to an approved vendor for fingerprinting. The student will be issued a receipt by the vendor that will need to be returned to LLCC utilizing one of the above listed methods.
Once the background check steps are completed and all required paperwork has been submitted, students will receive an email stating they have completed the background check requirement for the CNA course.
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The 2017-2018 standard in-district tuition rate for the program is $121 per credit hour. Fees are $11 per credit hour. Get more information on tuition and fees.
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Additional Program Information
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Students may begin workbook assignments as soon as they receive their textbook/workbook bundle.