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Nurse Assistant

(E93) Certificate

This curriculum meets the mandates of the Illinois Department of Public Health to be eligible to take the competency exam for nurse aide and home health aide. The curriculum is conducted over an eight or sixteen week period and consists of classroom and clinical learning activities. The program prepares a student to assist with the care of the sick and the infirm under the supervision of registered nurses or other licensed professionals.

Work and Employment

Nursing assistants work directly with the patient giving physical care and emotional support. The nursing assistant helps patients with personal hygiene, nutrition, elimination and mobility. Nursing assistants work for nursing homes, hospitals, temporary help agencies and home care agencies. Advancement in the health care field for nursing assistants is possible with further education.

Special Considerations

In order to become a certified nursing assistant, one must complete a state-approved program like the one at SVCC and pass the Nurse Assistant Competency Evaluation.

Admission Requirements

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Health Career Education Advisor, 815/835-6354; Dr. Mary M. Evans, Dean of Health Professions 815/835-6376  

Estimated Program Cost

The following figures are based on 2019-20 tuition and fee rates and the course fees in the Class Schedule for the required number 8 credit hours.

Tuition $1,056.00 $2,704.00 $3,000.00
Fees $112.00 $112.00 $112.00
Course Fees * $208.00 * $208.00 * $208.00
Total Tuition and Fees $1,376.00 $3,024.00 $3,320.00

* Note: Course fees may vary depending upon the classes that a student completes within an academic program. The course fee above is only an estimation and represents the maximum course fees possible; it is likely that course fees will be lower than the estimation above.