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Nurse Assistant

Career and Technical Certificate
This program prepares students to take The Illinois Department of Public Health Certified Nurse Assistant exam. CNAs work in a variety of health care settings including long-term care, acute care and home health. They deliver basic nursing care including bathing, feeding, transferring and activity.
Field Internship
Clinical experiences are gained in area long-term care facilities.

Representative Job Titles
  • Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)
  • Patient Care Technician (PCT)

Program Requirements
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 KC Placement Test. The test must be within five years of date of application. Any student receiving financial aid must be a high school graduate or HEC 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.


All students are required to have a state police background check. Fingerprints must be collected electronically and transmitted to the Department of State Police within 10 working days after signing the authorization and disclosure form. In addition, all students are required to pass a urine drug screening test.

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.

NOTE: 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 degree/certificate completion.
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