Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certificate

What Follows is the Program Outline.

This program is not designed for students transferring to other colleges or universities. As a rule, courses with a second digit "0" are designed to transfer. Students planning to transfer should consult a Counselor to verify the transferability of courses. Prerequisites for courses are noted in the IVCC Catalog. Program Pre-Admission Information is included if applicable.

Any Semester

ALH 1214Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)


Total Credit Hours: 8

The Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) curriculum consists of 1 course which includes lecture, college laboratory practice, and clinical experience in long-term care facility. The C.N.A. Program is approved by the Illinois Dept. of Public Health. Effective Fall 2014, a passing grade of 75% in this course is required in order to be eligible to register for the state competency exam and receive state certification (once the exam is passed). Admission to the C.N.A. course/program does not always follow the usual college schedule. Starting dates are announced in the IVCC class schedule and then via letter to the registered students. The program can be completed in 8 weeks. C.N.A. status is required for admission to the RN and/or Practical Nursing Program. Students must be able to demonstrate these abilities to succeed in this program:

  1. Lift 35 pounds with no restriction
  2. Perform basic math skills (add, subtract, multiply and divide)
  3. Must be sixteen (16) years of age or older
  4. Adhere to strict attendance policies for theory, lab, and clinical classes
  5. Demonstrate communication skills to safely engage in care of patient/residents

Certain health requirements must be met for admission to the clinical component of the CNA program:

  1. Physical Exam
  2. TB Skin Test
  3. Urine Drug Screen

PLEASE NOTE: All students will be required to have a fingerprinting criminal background check. A misdemeanor or felony conviction may prevent you from becoming certified and/or working in a healthcare setting. Please visit www.idph.state.il.us/nar/home.htm for a listing of disqualifying convictions and waiver information. If you have a disqualifying conviction you must obtain a waiver (as outlined on the Health Care Registry site) prior to starting the ALH 1214 class.


For additional information please consult any counselor at (815) 224-0360 or christine_blaydes@ivcc.edu, (815) 224-0330.