Sauk Valley Community College

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(E93) Nurse Assistant

College Catalog - E93

Program Description

(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.

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

  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. On admission to the program, the student will need to meet health and immunization requirements. These requirements are detailed at the first class session.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Health Career Education Counselor, 815/835-6354;
Janet Lynch, Dean of Health Professions, 815/835-6374.

Estimated Program Cost

The following figures are based on current tuition and fee rates for the required number 8 credit hours.

Student Activity Fee$75.00$75.00$75.00
Course Fees$184.00$184.00$184.00
Total Tuition and Fees$1,072.00$2,744.00$2,960.00

Estimated Additional Costs

The following figures are based on the average estimated per-credit-hour cost of attendance for the required number 8 credit hours. Actual costs will vary; check the Class Schedule for actual book costs.

Room and Board$3,375.00
Books and Supplies$441.28
Grand Total$4,888.28$6,560.28$6,776.28