This program prepares students to take The Illinois Department of Public Health Certified Nurse
Assistant exam. CNAs work in a variety of healthcare settings including long-term care, acute care and home health.
They deliver basic nursing care including bathing, feeding, transferring and activity.
Clinical experiences are gained in area long-term care facilities.
Applicants must complete a Kaskaskia application. All applicants need proof of ability to read at the 8th grade
level, either through an ACT test or the COMPASS test. The test must be within five years of date of application.
Any student receiving financial aid must be a high school graduate or GED recipient.
Recommended Semester Schedules
The CNA program requires approximately seven weeks and includes classroom theory, laboratory practice and clinical
assignments. The guidelines are provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health and includes 15 hours dedicated
to the care of Alzheimer’s Disease patients.
NAST 160 is a seven credit hour course. The entire seven hours must be completed for the student to be eligible to
take the state CNA exam.
||7 credit hours
*** PLEASE NOTE
All students are required to have a state police background check and drug screening within 10 days of
beginning the class, prior to doing clinicals.
Students enrolling in an Allied Health program should be aware that clinical facilities require criminal
background checks and drug screening of those involved in client care. In some instances, such checks also will
be needed to take licensure exams. Based on this, Kaskaskia College will require background checks and drug
screening upon entry into the program. Students will not be allowed to participate in clinicals when their background check makes them
ineligible for the work to be performed. The cost of such screening will be included in program fees.
The program requirements presented here are effective Spring 2008. Previous versions of the KC Catalog are available
in their entirety at our catalog archive
. If you are uncertain about which catalog you should reference, please
contact an academic advisor. Please contact an academic advisor with questions regarding course registration or