Nurse Assistant

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Academic Programs

Nurse Assistant - Certificate (E93)

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.

Enrollment Criteria

  1. Candidate must be at least 15 years of age.
  2. Candidates who do not have a high school diploma or GED must be able to read at grade level 8 or have permission of instructor.
  3. Upon enrollment to the program, the student will need to meet health and immunization requirements. These requirements are detailed at the first class session.

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Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College

  • Health Career Education Advisor, 815-835-6354
  • Christine L. Vincent, MSN, RN, Dean of Health Professions 815-835-6376

Total Hours Required - 8 Hours

Major Field Requirements

  • NRS101 - Basic Nursing Assistant ( 4 Semester Hours)

    An introduction of theory and practice necessary to meet the patient's needs within the scope of the beginning nursing assistant. Topics will include basic information about body structure and function and related terminology, growth and development with emphasis on aging and the role and responsibilities of the nursing assistant to help the client with personal hygiene and mobility within a safe environment. The course includes clinical experience in a subacute health care setting. The student will provide care to individuals who need assistance with the activities of daily living. Prerequisite: Meet admission criteria of at least 15 years of age and ability to meet health and immunization requirements that are detailed at the orientation session. 4 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec, 2 lab/week

  • NRS103 - Basic Nursing Assistant II ( 4 Semester Hours)

    This course will focus on advanced nursing assistant skills. Topics will include the role and responsibilities of the nursing assistant in relation to measuring vital signs, assisting the patient with nutrition, fluid balance and elimination; special procedures, such as the application of heat and cold therapies, admission, discharge and postmortem care. Students will care for patients with common medical surgical conditions, Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. This course includes clinical experience in a subacute health care setting. Prerequisite: NRS 101 4 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec, 2 lab/week

Program Requirements

  • Criminal background checks are required before transition into the clinical component of the course. "C" grade is required in major field requirements.
  • CNA certification is a requirement for admission to the ADN and LPN programs.