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Certified Nursing Assistant


Instructors:  Laurie Bartels, Debra Bunker & Patricia Crofoot. Karen Aldworth - Braidwood

Length of Course: One or Two Years

The Health Occupations program is structured to prepare the student for employment as a Certified Nurse Assistant. The curriculum includes all standards and procedures contained in the Illinois Department of Public Health Certified Nurse Aide Instruction Model. The State Nurse Aide Examination can be taken through this course with the completion of 40 hours of on-site clinical experience at a local nursing facility, included in the class structure. 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 7.5 credit hours from Joliet Junior College. In addition, students that successfully pass the State Nurse Assistant Certification Test will be granted 2 additional credit hours.


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

Essentials For Nursing Assistants, Shelia Sorrentino, Mosby, St. Louis, 2006.
BLS for Healthcare Providers, American Heart Association.
Heartsaver First Aid, American Heart Association.
Illinois Occupational Skill Standards, Nursing Cluster, Illinois State Board of Education.
Illinois State Department of Public Health Rules and Regulations, Certified Nurse Assisting Program.

Course Outline

Grading Scale:

90 – 100 = A
80 –   89 = B
70 –  79  = C
60 –  69  = D

Grading Policy:

Attendance/Participation : 40%
Daily Class Work : 20%
Chapter Exams : 30%
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.

Required Materials:

Membership in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Organization is required once the student is enrolled in the program. Membership fee is $20.00.
Introduction to HOSA
(Health Occupation Students of America)
Introduction to Health Care Agencies
Chapter 1 pp. 1-10

Exam - Chapter 1
The Nursing Assistant Chapter 2 pp. 11 – 21
Exam – Chapter 2
Work Ethics Chapter 3 – pp. 22 – 32
Exam – Chapter 3
Promoting Safety
Restraint Alternatives and Safe Restraint Use
Chapter 8 – pp. 90 – 103
Chapter 9 – pp. 106 - 120
Exam – Chapter 8 and 9
Assisting with Emergency Care Chapter 26 – pp. 444 – 456
Exam – Chapter 26
Preventing Infection Chapter 10– pp. 122 – 141
Exam – Chapter 10
Assisting with Comfort  Chapter 12 – pp. 179– 201
Exam – Chapter 12
Using Body Mechanics Chapter 11 – pp. 143 - 176
Exam – Chapter 11
Assisting with Exercise and Activity
Assisting with Rehabilitation and Restorative Care
Chapter 20 – pp. 349 – 365
Chapter 23 – pp. 396 - 402
Exam – Chapter 20 and 23
Assisting with Hygiene
Assisting with Grooming
Chapter 13 – pp. 203 – 232
Chapter 14 – pp. 234 - 255
Exam – Chapter 13 and 14
Communicating with the Health Team
Understanding the Person
Chapter 4 – pp. 33 – 48
Chapter 5 – pp. 50 – 58
Exam – Chapter 4 and 5
Assisting with Assessment Chapter 18 – pp. 311 – 334
Exam – Chapter 18
Understanding Body Structure and Function Chapter 6 – pp. 60 – 78
Exam – Chapter 6
Assisting with Nutrition and Fluids Chapter 17 – pp. 290 - 309
Exam – Chapter 17
Assisting with Urinary Elimination
Assisting with Bowel Elimination
Chapter 15 – pp. 256 – 274
Chapter 16 – pp. 276 - 288
Exam – Chapter 15 and 16
Assisting with Specimens
Assisting with Oxygen Needs
Chapter 19 – pp. 336 – 347
Chapter 22 – pp. 388 - 394
Exam – Chapter 19 and 22
Assisting Persons with Confusion and Dementia
Caring for the Dying Person
Chapter 25 – pp. 432 – 442
Chapter 27 – pp. 458 – 465
Exam – Chapter 27 and 26
Assisting with Wound Care Chapter 21 – pp. 367 – 385
Exam – Chapter 21

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


  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide 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
  • Rank 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





Note: Chapter order may change according to educational needs.

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Wilco Area Career Center 500 Wilco Blvd Romeoville, IL  60446


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