Nursing Assistant Training Program

    Health care demands are on the rise and the need for caring, trained professionals is greater than ever. It’s all about quality of care while improving quality of life. Your desire to help others can make a difference. Take your first step toward a rewarding career in health care.

    You will benefit from a Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Before you leave high school, you will learn the basics of patient care, while gaining confidence through clinical experiences. This program is also an excellent head start on the pathway to an advanced nursing career. Most colleges, including College of DuPage, require certification as a nursing assistant prior to admission to a nursing program.

    What will my classes be like?

    See the world through a health care provider’s eyes as you learn about caring for patients; reporting observations; and understanding body systems, the nature of disease, and commonhealth problems. Master the medical terms and communication skills critical to an effective health care environment. You will learn how to safely move, lift, and transport patients; measure and record vital signs; perform personal care and technical skills; and respond to a variety of patient conditions.


    Your acquired knowledge of basic health care skills, even if you do not achieve certification, will prepare you to work in assisted living facilities as well as private duty home care.


    Course Goals/Objectives

    This course will provide an opportunity for the student to learn about and understand basic concepts, attitudes, and procedures, which will enable them to implement comprehensive nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings.

    The teaching process is a responsibility which is shared between the instructor and the student. The role of the instructor is to provide the student with purposeful learning experiences in an environment conducive to learning. The role of the student is to be an active participant and assume responsibility for his/her own learning; along with recognizing and accepting that the level of achievement is dependent upon individual ability and motivation.

    Course Topics

    • Introduction to Health Care Agencies
    • Ethics and Laws
    • Work Ethics
    • Communicating with the Health Team
    • Assisting with the Nursing Process
    • Understanding the Person
    • Safety
    • Body Mechanics
    • Personal Hygiene
    • Grooming
    • Nutritional Support and IV Therapy
    • Measuring Vital Signs
    • Exercise and Activity
    • Comfort, Rest, and Sleep
    • Admissions, Transfers, and Discharges
    • Collecting and Testing Specimens
    • Respiratory Support and Therapies
    • Professional Opportunities and Job Seeking Strategies



    Assessment Standards/Grading Practices


    The instructors will use the following scales in determining your grades:


    On a 4-Point Scale


    Additional Criteria

    A =  3.8 to 4.0

    A = 93 to 100%

    A = Superior achievement. Student does more than

           what’s required and does it exceptionally well

    B = 3.0 to 3.7

    B = 80 to 92%

    B =  Excellent achievement; Does very well on what is


    C = 2.0 to 2.9

    C = 70 to 79%

    C = Does satisfactory work; Does an acceptable job on

           what is expected

    D = 1.0 to 1.9

    D = 60% to 69%

    D = Minimal achievement and/or effort; Poor work


    F = < 1.0

    F = < 60%

    F = Failure to achieve or demonstrate skill;

          Unacceptable effort and/or work quality



    The instructor may use Student Intervention Forms to communicate student progress to parents and/or counselors. 

    • Students must maintain a 78% or higher average, for each grading period throughout the year, to participate in clinical and remain eligible for clinical and certification. 
    • Students must also maintain a 78% or higher test score average for each Skill Set to remain eligible for clinical and certification.
    • Students must pass the final exam with an 78% or higher.


    College Credit Opportunities

    Students have the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school if they meet Illinois Department of Public Health certification criteria.

    Field Experiences/Competitive Opportunities

    Students will be required to participate in clinical hours outside of the normal school day. Clinical will take place at area Long Term Care Facilities on Saturdays or after school.  Students will have the opportunity to participate and compete in HOSA events.

    College and Career Pathways

    Most nursing schools require certification as a nursing assistant as a prerequisite.


    For sample occupations and postsecondary educational requirements, visit:


    www.careertech.org and click on“Career Clusters & Pathways”


    Program Selection Guidelines/Recommendations

    We are confident that the Certified Nursing Assistant Program at Technology Center of DuPage is a positive and productive learning opportunity for DuPage County students. With this in mind, the following academic guidelines are recommendations intended to assist in scheduling students for success.

    If a student considering NATP has questions about one or more of these guidelines, contact a guidance representative from the home high school to clarify individual situations.


    Mathematics:  The state certification exam is written at a 9th Grade - 6 Month level (calculators are not permitted).

    Reading/Writing:  The state certification exam is written at a 9th Grade - 6 Month level.  The textbook is written at a 7th - 9th grade reading level.

    Attendance:  No more than 12 absences are allowed during the year.

    Certification Eligibility

    A student is eligible to take the state competency exam if he or she successfully completes the program and meets IDPH certification criteria, including:

    Maintaining a grade of 78% or higher GPA at the end of semester one (1) and prior to registration for state certification exam, and maintaining a 78% or higher average for each of the following areas: quizzes, module exams, final exam, skills and homework.

    • Passing all 21 required clinical competency skills
    • Maintaining consistent professional conduct in the classroom, home high school, and in the clinical setting
    • Strict adherence to program attendance requirements (no more than 12 absences during the year)
    • Possessing a valid Social Security Number
    • Completing the minimum mandatory Saturday or after school clinical hours
    • Upon passing the state exam, a student will be certified as a Nurse Assistant (CNA), enabling him/her to seek employment in long-term care facilities, agency home care, hospitals, or other healthcare facilities. After high school graduation, students may also apply to a nursing degree program.

    Professional Skills

    Certified Nursing Assistant students are also expected to effectively display the following attributes:

    Time Management

    Personal Motivation

    Problem-Solving Ability


    Ability to Work with Others

                 Ability to Stay Organized