Registration Requirements for Basic Nurse Assistant

Thank you for your interest in LLCC's CNA program. We are excited for you to join us!

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The first step in earning a Basic Nurse Assistant • Certificate of Completion from LLCC is to apply to the college, if you have not yet done so. Once your application has been processed, you can activate your LLCC account (to access email, Lincoln Landing app, Canvas, etc.).

Below are the requirements to register for the basic nurse assistant program.

Reading criteria (must meet one)

  • Reading placement score of 240 or higher
  • ACT reading score of 18 or higher
  • SAT writing/reading score of 477 or higher
  • High School GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • GED Reasoning Through Language Arts score of 175 or higher

Criminal background check

A fingerprint-based criminal background check is required by law for all nurse assistant students and must be completed prior to registration. (Background checks from other LLCC Health Professions programs are not transferrable.) Please email to request a Health Care Worker Background Check Authorization and Disclosure Form. Please complete it legibly, be sure to include an email address or fax number where you would like your fingerprint paperwork sent and return the completed form to one of the following:

  • LLCC Registration office, Millennium Center, Springfield campus 
  • LLCC Student Success office, Millennium Center, Springfield campus 
  • LLCC Outreach Center (Beardstown, Jacksonville, Litchfield or Taylorville)
  • Email a copy to  

Once we process your disclosure form, we will send you a Livescan form to take to an approved vendor for fingerprinting. The vendor will give you a receipt that you will need to return to us via one of the above methods. Once the background check steps are completed and all required paperwork has been submitted, you will receive an email confirming you have completed the background check requirement.

Please note: Students with disqualifying convictions on their background checks cannot participate in the CNA course. Students may apply for a waiver and enroll if it is approved. A list of disqualifying convictions can be found at

Costs (some are approximate and subject to change)

  • Tuition and fees: $994.50
  • Textbook and accompanying workbook: approximately $125
  • Watch/shoes/physical/TB tests/vaccinations/titers: prices vary by location.
  • Royal blue scrub top and pants (must be purchased at LLCC Bookstore): approximately $28-$40
  • 60-inch gait belt (must be purchased at LLCC Bookstore): approximately $16.99
  • Competency exam after completion: $75
  • Drug screen: $36

LLCC CNA course locations and contact information

View a list of available basic nurse assistant training sections in LoggerCentral.

Other requirements (not required for registration)

  • Social Security Card or ITIN Card: CNA students must bring their original social security card or ITIN card for verification on the first day of class.
  • Physical examination: Physicals must be completed on the LLCC CNA physical form and turned in by week two of the CNA course. A recent physical completed within a year of the last day of class, may be transcribed by a physician on the LLCC CNA physical form. 
  • Tuberculosis (TB) test: two-step skin test or QuantiFERON Gold blood test prior to attending the clinical experience. If past positive skin test, a chest x-ray is required. May be obtained at local health department or by physician. 
  • COVID-19 vaccination: Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and boosters. COVID-19 vaccination exemptions (medical and religious) are accepted. Email for instructions on how to apply for an exemption. 
  • Varicella (chickenpox) vaccination: Documentation of history of chickenpox, history of two vaccinations or documentation of positive Varicella titer.
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccination: Documentation of two MMR series or titer documentation that shows immunity for each, Measles, Mumps and Rubella
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (TDAP) or Adult Tetanus, Diphtheria (Td): Documentation of TDAP or Td within the past 10 years.
  • Hepatitis B vaccination: Documentation of three-shot series, positive Hepatitis B titer or signed Hepatitis B declination.
  • Influenza vaccination: Documentation of a current influenza vaccine is required for the fall semester and module III sections prior to clinical.
  • Drug screening: To be completed during the first week of class. Location will be provided by the CNA Office. There is zero tolerance for substance abuse in the CNA Program including the use of medical marijuana.
  • Uniform: Clean mostly white or black leather or mesh tennis shoes. Watch with a second hand. Smart watches are not permitted. Royal blue scrub top, pants, and gait belt purchased from LLCC Bookstore.
  • Textbooks: Mosby’s Essentials for Nursing Assistants, 7th Edition by Sorrentino, ISBN 9780323796316 and accompanying workbook, ISBN 9780323811040; BLS Basic Life Support Provider Manual, 20th Edition by American Heart Association, ISBN 9781616697686. (Students who are already BLS CPR certified will not need to purchase this textbook. If BLS CPR certification expires during the course, students will be required to recertify.) Begin your workbook as soon as you receive it.
  • State competency examination: Given at monthly scheduled times after successful completion of classroom and clinical portion of class. Must be taken to successfully complete the course and be placed on the Health Care Worker Registry.

More information

  • This course is 132 hours: 86 hours theory/lab and 46 hours clinical and has been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
  • Attendance on the first day of class and clinical is mandatory and cannot be made up. If a student must be absent on a subsequent day, no more than two class periods may be missed and made up during a scheduled make-up day or another section which may differ from your regular scheduled class time.
  • Availability of classes is subject to sufficient enrollment and staffing.
  • This information on this webpage is subject to change and updates.
  • For additional information regarding enrollment or registration, please contact LLCC Registration at 217-786-2292 or an LLCC Outreach Center