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Certified Nursing Assistant


Instructors:  Debra Bunker, R.N., Patricia Crofoot, R.N., & Amanda Ramsden, R.N. Karen Aldworth, R.N. - Braidwood

Clinical Instructors: Nancy Evans, R.N., Melanie Phillips, R.N., & Cathy Strle, R.N., Teneise Chandler, R.N.

Length of Course: One Year

The Health Science program is structured to prepare the student for employment as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA). The curriculum includes all standards and procedures contained in the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Certified Nurse Assistant Instruction Model. The State CNA Competency Examination may be taken upon successful completion of all aspects of the course, which includes classroom theory and the nursing home clinical rotation. Upon completion of this course students may chose to continue their education in preparation for any of a number of careers in the health care field i.e.; Registered Nurse, Physical Therapist, Respiratory Therapist, Ultrasound Technician, etc..


Students that complete all IDPH requirements and receive an “A” or “B” as a final grade will receive 6 credit hours from Joliet Junior College. 
Students will be expected to meet all of the course goals listed below and be able to demonstrate their understanding of the underlying concepts. The instruction will utilize lecture, role-playing, audio-visual aids, demonstration, and “hands on” experience at a local clinical location. Students will work independently or in groups to complete the assignments and projects. Assignments will require students to draw upon academic skills in biology, anatomy, mathematics, and language arts. Student assessment will be based on group work, completion and evaluation of chapter worksheets, written exams covering important concepts and procedures, and class participation/behavior. All students will complete the course with a minimum requirement of 70% to receive high school credit for this course.


Upon completion of the course the student will have gained basic skills and knowledge in the following:

A. Providing a Safe Environment

B. The Health Care Delivery System

C. Developing Effective Communication Skills

D. Holistic Nursing Concepts

E. The Patient’s Environment

F. Providing Basic Care

G. Maintaining Quality Care and Employability

Instructional Materials

Mosby's Essentials For Nursing Assistants; Sorrentino/Remmert, 2019, 6th Edition.
American Heart Association BLS CPR
IDPH Performance Skill Videos

Course Outline

Wilco Grading Scale:                                                    JJC Grading Scale

90 – 100 = A                                                                    94- 100 = A    
80 –   89 = B                                                                    87 - 93 = B
70 –  79  = C                                                                    80 - 86 = C
60 –  69  = D                                                                    79 - 72 = D

Grading Policy:

Clinical/Lab Participation : 20%
Chapter Assignments :      20%
Special Projects               10%
Chapter Exams :               40%
Midterm – Final :               10%

Make-up Policy:

Students receiving an excused absence will be allowed equal days as number of missed days to turn in work. An unexcused absence will result in the student receiving a “0” for the work completed that day.

Student Organization:

HOSA: Future Health Professionals is an international student organization dedicated to students interested in a health care career.  HOSA dues: $25.

A student who is considering enrolling in the Health Science program at the Wilco Area Career Center should have knowledge and skills in these academic areas:


  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals


  • Read and comprehend at a junior high school level
  • Understand multiple step instruction
  • Decode unfamiliar words


  • Compose a complete sentence
  • Write a document that is understandable


Reasoning and Problem solving

  • Understand new information
  • Concentrate while performing a task
  • Determine when something is wrong
  • Identify problem and review known information
  • Use reasoning to discover answers to problems
  • Analyze ideas and use logic to determine their strengths and weaknesses
  • Combine information to draw conclusions

Managing Oneself, People, Time, and Equipment

  • Manage the time of self and others
  • Obtain needed equipment and materials and oversee their use
  • Go back and forth between two or more activities without becoming confused
  • Prioritize tasks in order of importance
  • Arrange information, tasks, or things in an orderly manner
  • Use several different methods to learn new things

Working with People

  • Modify behavior in relation to other’s actions
  • Be aware of others’ reactions and understand the possible causes
  • Be aware of other peoples’ needs
  • Get along with other people
  • Follow directions

Working with Equipment

  • Determine the steps or method needed to maintain equipment
  • Determine the equipment needed to do the job
  • Follow steps to operate equipment properly







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Wilco Area Career Center 500 Wilco Blvd Romeoville, IL  60446


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