Description: Clock Hours: 120 (Theory|Lab|Clinical: 60|20|40)

This 120 clock-hour program meets the requirements of Illinois Nursing Reform Act of 1979. Completion of the program leads to certification of compliance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). This program prepares students into their roles and responsibilities as nurse assistants in both the clinical and at home setting. The course includes a coordinated lecture/discussions, supervised skills laboratory and clinical practice. Students acquire the basic knowledge and technical skills needed to provide basic nursing care to residents in long-term care facilities as well as patients in hospitals, private homes, or other health care facilities. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to sit for the Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Examination administered by Southern Illinois University of Carbondale.

Certification Requirement:

To be able to work in long term care facilities, successful graduates must pass the competency exam given by the SIUC within 120 days from program completion.

Learning Objectives/Expected Outcomes:

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the healthcare system and its role as part of the nursing team
  • Describe the person’s rights
  • Describe the role of the nursing assistant
  • Identify good work Ethics
  • Learn how to communicate with the healthcare team
  • Have a better understanding of the person
  • Describe the human body structure and function
  • Discuss and demonstrate how to provide care for the older adults
  • Discuss and demonstrate how to promote safety
  • Discuss and demonstrate how to prevent falls
  • Demonstrate the use of restraints alternatives and safe restraint use
  • Discuss and demonstrate how to prevent infection
  • Discuss and demonstrate benefits of good body mechanics
  • Discuss and demonstrate how to safely handle, move and transfer the person
  • Discuss and demonstrate how to perform grooming and hygiene
  • Demonstrate how to assist residents with their nutritional needs
  • Discuss and demonstrate how to assist residents with bowel and urine elimination
  • Discuss and demonstrate how to collect specimen
  • Discuss and demonstrate how to assist with exercise and activity
  • Discuss and demonstrate how to assist with wound care
  • Discuss and demonstrate how to assist with oxygen needs
  • Discuss and demonstrate how to assist with rehabilitation and restorative nursing care
  • Discuss and demonstrate how to care for person with common health problems
  • Discuss and demonstrate how to care for person with mental health problems
  • Discuss and demonstrate how to care for person with confusion and dementia
  • Discuss and demonstrate how to assist with emergency care
  • Discuss and demonstrate how to care for the dying person


Theory 60 hours|Lab 20 hours|Clinical 40 hours

WEEK 1    
Chapter 1 Hospitals and Nursing Centers    
Chapter 2 The Person’s Rights    
Chapter 3 The Nursing Assistant    
Chapter 4 Work Ethics    
Chapter 5 Communicating with the Health Team    
Chapter 6 Understanding the Person    
WEEK 2    
Chapter 7 Body Structure and Function # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 13, 21  
Chapter 8 Care of the Older Person    
Chapter 9 Assisting with Safety    
Chapter 10 Assisting with Fall Prevention    
Chapter 11 Restraint Alternatives and Safe Restrain Use    
Chapter 13 Body Mechanics    
Chapter 14 Assisting with Moving and Transfer    
WEEK 3    
Chapter 12 Preventing Infection # 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 17, 19  
Chapter 15 Assisting with Comfort    
Chapter 16 Assisting with Hygiene    
Chapter 17 Assisting with Grooming    
Chapter 18 Assisting with Urinary Elimination    
Chapter 19 Assisting with Bowel Elimination    
Chapter 20 Assisting with Nutrition and Fluids    
WEEK 4    
Chapter 21 Assisting with Assessment #12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 20  
Chapter 22 Assisting with Specimens    
Chapter 23 Assisting with Exercise and Activities    
Chapter 24 Assisting with Wound Care    
Chapter 25 Assisting with Pressure Ulcers    
Chapter 26 Assisting with Rehabilitation and Restorative Nursing    
WEEK 5    
Chapter 27 Assisting with Oxygen Needs Skills Validation  
Chapter 28 Caring for Persons with Common Health Problems    
Chapter 29 Caring for Person with Mental Health Disorders    
Chapter 30 Caring for Person with Confusion and Dementia    
Chapter 31 Assisting with Emergency Care    
Chapter 32 Assisting with End of Life Care    
WEEK 6    
Clinical   # 1
Clinical   # 3
Clinical   # 3
Clinical   # 4
Clinical Clinical
# 5


The following skills procedure are taught during skills lab portion of the program.
Students are expected to be able to perform the following minimum required 21 skills:

1. Wash hands- 2. Oral hygiene-
3. Hair care- 4. Shaving resident-
5. Nail care- 6. Take temperature-
7. Take pulse- 8. Respiration-
9. Blood pressure- 10. Make unoccupied bed-
11. Make occupied bed- 12. Feed resident
13. Dress resident- 14. Unit check
15. Measure weight- 16. Measure height
17. Place resident in side-lying position- 18. Passive range motion
19. Calculate intake/output 20. Transfer resident to wheelchair
21. Partial bath Other skills:

Care of hearing aids

Care of eyeglasses

Care of dentures

Vision Statement

Our vision is to become a premier source of highly knowledgeable, skilled, competent and reliable nursing assistants to help fill the healthcare facilities to fulfill their needs for basic nursing services.

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