• TCD NATP Student/Parent Orientation Packet


    Welcome to the Technology Center of DuPage and the Nursing Assistant Training Program. This enrollment agreement is intended to provide guidance and clarity to the many aspects of the Nursing Assistant Training Program experience. Teachers, parents, guardians and students are responsible for the information contained in this document as well as all other necessary Technology Center of DuPage documents. Please note: Changes in expectations may be necessary during the school year. These changes will be distributed in class and communicated in writing to parents and sending school contact persons.

    Course Description

    Students will gain theoretical knowledge and basic skills essential to the practice of health care workers who assist nurses in providing person-centered care in a variety of healthcare settings. Training includes simulated practice and opportunity for clinical application to learn basic nurse assistant competencies. This course is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Health Regulations. Successful completion is required for application to sit for the Illinois Nurse Aide Competency written certification exam.  Upon passage of the state certification exam, the student will be eligible to gain employment as a CNA in various health care facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home health agencies. Students may also choose to continue their education in preparation for any number of careers in the health care field.


    Articulation/IDPH Relationship

    The Technology Center of DuPage Nursing Assistant Training Program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) (77 Ill. Adm. Code 395).  The curriculum includes all standards and procedures contained in the IDPH Certified Nurse Aide Instruction Manual.

    The Illinois Department of Public Health requires students to complete a minimum of 40 clinical hours of direct patient care at one of the several long-term nursing facilities in the local area. In the clinical setting, students will apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired at TCD to care for the residents in a long-term care facility. IDPH has 21 required skills that students must be able to perform and demonstrate safely and effectively. A student must be able to perform all of these 21 skills to qualify for the state certification exam.

    Articulation/COD Relationship

    The program is a dual credit course with the College of DuPage. This means students can earn 6 college credit hours. To earn dual credits, students will need to take a placement test through College of DuPage and achieve the required score or above. Students will have two attempts to earn the score. Students that provide an ACT score of 20 or above or SAT score of 950 or above will not need to take this exam.  If a student does not have one of these results, they may continue in the program but will not be eligible for COD credit.  Students who qualify for COD dual credit must meet the grading policy requirements of this program.

    Roles and Responsibilities in the TCD Learning Environment

    The responsibility for learning 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.
    Both teacher and student recognize that the level of achievement is dependent upon individual ability and motivation.

    Age Requirements
    Students must be at least 16 years of age and have completed at least 8 years of grade school or provide proof of equivalent knowledge.

    Academic Performance Levels of Program:

    • Mathematics:  The state certification exam is written at a 9th Grade - 6 Month level (calculators are not permitted).
    • Mathematics: The ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractional math is beneficial for students.
    • 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.
    • Science: Knowledge of Biology or anatomy is beneficial for students.
    • Students must be able to speak and understand the English language

    Learning Materials Provided to Students

    Textbook & Workbook:  Sorrentino / Remmert (2019). Mosby’s Essentials for Nursing Assistants; 6th edition
    Online Skills Program to accompany text: Nursing Assistants Skills Application/Elsvier
    Study guides and homework: as assigned by instructors
    Laboratory Skills Checklists/Worksheets: as assigned by instructors
    IDPH Mandatory Skills: competency in all 21 skills by end of class

    Additional Materials Provided to Students

    Uniforms: Students will be fitted for clinical uniforms. The uniform will consist of a navy blue scrub set that includes pants and a top. These scrub items will be supplied to the student through TCD’s uniform supplier.
    Clinical/Lab Supplies: Students will receive an ambulation/gait belt, stethoscope, and belongings bag
    PPE/Personal Protective Equipment: Students will receive PPE set up (Isolation Equipment)

    Required Materials for Eligibility of Clinical Participation

    Students will need to provide the following to participate in clinical.

    Physical Exam: Students will need a completed physical exam by their health care provider dated after June 30, 2021. This form needs to be given to TCD by September 17, 2021.

    TB Test/Screening: Students must have a  2 step TB skin test or equivalent quantiferon blood test performed by their healthcare provider.

    The 2-step consists of two TB skin tests done a minimum of 7 days and maximum of 21 days apart. The process to obtain a 2 step TB test will take up to 14 days.

    The quantiferon blood test gives a result in a timelier manner.  The 2-step TB skin test or quantiferon blood test must be completed prior to September 24, 2021. NO TB SKIN TESTS – NO CLINICAL EXPERIENCE – NO EXCEPTIONS!

    Urine Drug Screen: Students must have a urine drug screen test and provide results to TCD by September 17, 2021.The drug test must be a 7 or more panel urine drug screen test. The test can be ordered by the MD of the student and completed at the office or an outside lab as ordered. Students may also visit the TCD Website for directions on how to obtain this test at a contracted outside lab. A positive result will need to be reviewed by instructional staff and administration to determine if the student will be permitted in the clinical setting.

    AHA BLS CPR Certification: Students must successfully complete an American Heart Association BLS – CPR certification course that will be taught as part of the NATP Program.


    Criminal background Check: Students must have a completed Criminal Background check prior to the start of clinical. This requires a student to have a social security number, and valid ID (Illinois Driver’s License, Illinoo9is State ID or Current Passport). Background checks will be completed at TCD. Background checks are a state requirement to work in a healthcare facility. Students are to have a photocopy of their Social Security card and ID by September 17, 2021.

    Wrist Watch:
     Students will need a watch with a second hand. Electronic, digital or apple watches are not allowed.

    Shoes and Socks for clinical: White socks and white leather shoes are required for the clinical experience and will be purchased by the student. NO open back CROCs or foot vented CROCS are allowed.

    Methods of Instruction

    The instructors will use a variety of instructional methodologies to teach theory and skills required to provide care for residents/patients/clients in the clinical setting.

    Classroom Instruction:

    Classroom activities include lectures, presentations, movies, videos, skills demonstration, return demonstration, assigned reading from textbook, workbook and worksheet activities, multimedia presentations, discussions, independent study/research, computer assignments, small and/or large group activities/presentations, chapter quizzes, module and final exam.

    Clinical/Lab Instruction:

    Demonstration, return demonstration, Practice and assessment check offs by assigned instructor.


    Graded Assignments

    The course will consist of the following assignments/assessments:

    • Chapter quizzes (representing each chapter in the textbook) will be given
    • Four (4) Module tests (each covering multiple chapters) will be given during this course.
    • One (1) comprehensive test (Final Exam) that will be given at the end of 2nd semester.
    • Clinical performance evaluation (based on clinical evaluation by assigned instructors)
    • Chapter assignments including: vocabulary related to each chapter’s content, Worksheets provided on chapter materials and skills, and/or computer program assignments
    • Active participation in skills laboratory and at the clinical site.
    • Four (4) special projects during the year: one project per quarter.
      Qualities of a CNA Poster, Skills Pamphlet, Liquid Tray, Alzheimer's Disease Project

    Gradebook Calculations:

    • Chapter quizzes account for 40% of the student’s overall grade.
    • Module test (4) are 20% of the student’s overall grade.
    • Comprehensive final test account for 10% of the student’s overall grade.
    • Chapter assignments and 4 Projects account for 20% of the student’s overall grade.
    • Active participation in skills lab / clinical site performance account for 10% of the student’s overall grade.

    Grading Policy:

    • 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 maintain a 78% or higher test score average at the end of semester one and prior to state registration to remain eligible for clinical and certification
    • Students must pass the comprehensive final exam with an 78% or higher


    Grading Scale:



    90-100% - A

    93-100% - A

     80-89% - B

     85-92% - B

     70-79% - C

     78-84% - C

     60-69% - D

     Less than 78% - F

     Below 60% - F



    Clinical Grades: The clinical grade is a PASS/FAIL grade. At each clinical session, the student will be evaluated on their ability to care for the resident in a responsible and ethical manner with regards to SAFETY, MEDICAL ASEPSIS, PATIENT/RESIDENT RIGHTS, CLINICAL AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS, and WORKPLACE SKILLS while applying knowledge of theory. This includes, demonstrating the ability to organize and prioritize tasks, follow directions, and accept constructive criticism. If a student is unable to perform a state required clinical skill, that student will fail clinical and be ineligible for the state certification exam

    Retake Policy: No retakes are allowed. Under special circumstances (i.e. hospitalizations), the instructor in consultation with the TCD principal may determine that a student will be eligible for a retake. A student will need to complete a remediation assignment prior to the retake that is given by their instructor.

    Incomplete Grades:  An incomplete grade is generally not an option for this course. Only on rare occasions (i.e. serious illness with a doctor’s verification or other extreme emergencies) will the instructor in consultation with TCD’s principal take an incomplete into consideration.

    Homework: Homework assignments will be determined by each individual instructor. Homework assignments are due on the date established by each instructor. Late work will incur a 50% reduction in points available for that assignment. . These assignments are given to help a student prepare for chapter quizzes, module tests, the final exam and the state certification exam.  We have seen many students choose not to do these assignments and in the end their overall grade suffers drastically which can result in no clinical or state certification. Do not put yourself in a unfavorable status, simply complete the assignments given. 



    Classroom Attendance Policy: To maximize the student’s learning experience, regular and consistent attendance is required. Students missing more than twelve (12) school days for the entire year, will be removed from the clinical portion of the class and will not be eligible for the state certification exam or college credits. They will be eligible for the high school credit portion only of the class, if class is successfully completed.

    Students who are absent on days when chapter quizzes, module tests, projects or the comprehensive final test are given will be allowed to make up the quiz, test or project ONLY if the there is a doctor’s note, funeral or court date notice. With proper documentation these type of absences will be considered EXCUSED absences. Documentation is due the day that a student returns to class. Documents will be verified.

    An UNEXCUSED absence will result in a zero (0%) for any quiz or test given on the day of the absence. Any project due on an UNEXCUSED absence will also be given a zero (0%) as well.

    All absences are to be called to TCD attendance line by a parent or guardian. Parent and guardian calls to report absences are still considered an UNEXCUSED absence.  


    An absence will only be excused when proper documentation is given to the TCD instructor upon the student’s return to school.

    Clinical Attendance Policy: Clinical days are mandatory and limited. It is best for the student to NOT be absent on their clinical days. If a student must be absent from clinical due to illness or injury they MUST call Mrs. Bartels as soon as they know they will not be able to attend clinical. Students will be given a phone number to call when their clinical dates are appointed to them.


    When a student calls in sick for clinical they will be put on the “on call” list. If a clinical assignment becomes available, they will be called to take that spot. There are NO guarantees that a clinical make up session will be available to accommodate a student’s absence.

    **Any student who is absent from a clinical day and doesn’t call Mrs. Bartels will be immediately dismissed from clinical and will be ineligible for the state certification exam and COD college credit.


    If a student is going to be late for clinical, they need to call Mrs. Bartels. Depending on how late they will be, the student may be told to not attend clinical that day. If a student is late, they will need to make up the time that they missed as assigned by Mrs. Bartels.

    The Clinical Experience is viewed as a professional commitment and requires students required attendance and commitment similar to holding a position of employment.



    Lab Participation Policy: Lab practice is a necessary component that helps prepare the students for their clinical experience. Skills will be learned and practiced in a simulated environment with demonstrations and guided practice. Skill testing will be performed at both TCD and in the clinical setting to ensure skill mastery. Students must participate in all lab practices and show proficiency when tested to comply with IDPH and TCD requirements.

    **Any student unwilling to participate in classroom skills, lab skills and/or testing may be prevented from attending clinical experience.


    NATP Objectives

    Theory Objectives

    Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to understand and perform the following:

    Define the role of the nursing assistant in relation to the members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.

    Demonstrate appropriate and respectful communication skills with the patients, visitors, instructor, and other healthcare team members.

    Apply principles of objective observation, reporting, and documentation skills.

    Define medical asepsis and identify methods for controlling the spread of infection.

    List guidelines for infection control (Skill #1 and Skill #17).

    List and apply rules of safety in the classroom and clinical setting.

    Demonstrate principles of comfort, cleanliness, and safety in preparing a patient room and unit (Skill #8).

    Properly apply the principles of body mechanics when lifting, moving, and transporting a patient (Skills #10, #11, #12, and #15).

    Correctly demonstrates personal care skills as required (Skills #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 and #9).

    Describe and apply the guidelines for nutrition and fluid balance in relation to the resident and identify the role of the nurse assistant (Skills #13 and #14).

    Identify special treatments typically performed by the nurse assistant (Skill #16).

    Accurately measure a patient’s vital signs and height and weight (Skills #18, #19,#20, and #21).

    Describe the role of the nurse assistant in admission, transfer and discharge procedures.

    Describe the role of the nurse assistant in the pre-operative and post-operative patient care.

    Discuss the principles of rehabilitation and restorative care and the role of the nurse assistant in providing this type of care.

    List the needs of the dying patient and the role of the nurse assistant.

    Explain the role of the nurse assistant in delivering post-mortem care.

    Demonstrate an understanding of basic anatomy and physiology.

    Define medical terms and medical abbreviations as assigned.

    Identify the physical changes that may occur with the aging process.

    Identify the common diseases associated with the geriatric population and the nurse assistant care modifications that may be required with this population.

    Complete the Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders unit.


    Clinical Objective

    While participating in the clinical experience, the student will:

    Use good judgment regarding safety and emergency interventions as demonstrated by anticipating safety hazards and preventing accidents.

    Incorporate medical asepsis to insure infection control and environmental cleanliness as shown by adherence to standard precautions and transmission-based isolation policies.

    When in the clinical setting, follow all policies regarding the rights of the residents and patients.

    Plan and organize assignments based on resident’s plan of care that emphasizes priorities and basic needs of the residents.

    Be punctual and regular in attendance while complying with uniform dress code.

    Perform within a legal and ethical framework based on resident/patient rights as mandated with emphasis on privacy and confidentiality. Adhere to the specific HIPAA policies for the clinical facility.

    Communicate effectively and cope with challenging behaviors by assisting with comfort and anxiety relief measures; demonstrate this in pre and post conference discussions.

    Demonstrate respectful communication with all staff, residents, patients, families, students, and instructors.

    Follow all facility rules including but not limited to parking policies.

    Report any abnormalities and/or changes in patient’s/resident’s condition in a timely manner.

    Document care given per facility policy and instructor request.

    Demonstrate the ability to transfer theory and lab skills to the clinical setting by showing manual competency per state and federal requirements.

    Competently perform the Illinois Department of Public Health mandated skills.


    Medical Terminology (all chapters)

    Module 1:

    Chapter 1 – Introduction to Health Care: Functions of Healthcare Facilities, Philosophy of patient care, Role of multidisciplinary team, Psychological needs of patient / family
    Chapter 2 – The Person’s Rights Home Health Agencies: Resident rights
    Chapter 3 – The Nursing Assistant: Personal qualities of nurse assistants, Duties of nurse assistants
    Chapter 4 & 5- Ethics and Laws/ Student and Work Ethics: Standards for what a nurse assistant can and cannot do, Code of conduct for nursing assistants, protecting resident / patient privacy, Ethical behavior in the workplace

    Chapter 6&7 – Health Team Communications/Understanding the Person:

    • Communication, Recording, Reporting, Medical Records, Conflict, Admission, Discharge, and Transfer, Communication Barriers, Basic Needs

    Chapter 10 & 11– Safety Needs & Preventing Falls:  Falls/Safety, Fire Safety Disasters, Body Mechanics, CPR / Emergency Procedures, Disasters, Body Mechanics
    Chapter 13 – Preventing Infection: Cleanliness, Principles of hand washing, Principles of disinfection and sterilization, Techniques of disinfection, Maintaining equipment and supplies, Isolation Techniques in facilities and home, Physiological aspects, CPR

    Module 2
    Chapter 12 – Restraint Alternatives: Restraints and Alternatives

    Chapter 14 – Body Mechanics: Body Mechanics, Bed Positions
    Chapter 15&16 Moving the Person/ Transferring the Person: Bed Mobility, Use of transfer belts, Transfer to wheelchair, Transfer to stretcher
    Chapter 17 – Comfort Needs: Bed making – open, closed, and surgical, Furniture and equipment in room, Need for clean environment / comfortable, Back massage
    Chapter 18&19 – Hygiene and Grooming  Needs: Oral hygiene, Bathing – complete and partial bed bath, shower, and tub bath, Perineal care, Care of back, feet, and skin, Observing and reporting.  Hair care, Shaving, Nail care, Dressing and undressing

    Chapter 20 & 21 – Urinary Needs & Urinary Catheters: Bedpans and urinals, Urinary Incontinence, Catheter and drainage bag tubing, Catheter care
    Chapter 22 &26 – Bowel Needs & Specimens: Constipation and fecal impaction, Enemas, Specimens
    Chapter 23 &24– Nutritional Needs/Fluid Needs:  Diet/therapeutic diets, Feeding techniques, Nourishment, Measuring Intake and Output, Encouraging/restricting fluids

    Module 3

    Chapter 23 &24– Nutritional Needs/Fluid Needs:  Diet/therapeutic diets, Feeding techniques, Nourishment, Measuring Intake and Output, Encouraging/restricting fluids

    Chapter 25 &30 – Measurements: Temperature, pulse, respirations, and blood Pressure, Height/Weight, Pain, Recording / Documentation of assessments

    • Oxygen Needs: Oxygen, devices, flow rates, Pulse Oximetry, Oxygen Safety

    Chapter 27 & 31 – Exercise and Activity Needs/Rehabilitation Needs: Positioning, ROM exercises, Crutches, canes, walkers, splints, Rehabilitation Philosophy, Rehabilitation Principles, ADL’s

    Chapter 28 & 29 – Wound Care/ Pressure Injuries: Circulatory Ulcers, TED anti-embolic stockings, Apply dressings / taping / Montgomery Straps, Hot and cold applications, Pressure ulcer risks, Pressure ulcer complications, Prevention/Protective Devices

    Chapter 36 & 37 ---Emergency Care and End of Life


    Module 4:

    Chapter 34 – Mental Health Disorders: Mood / behavioral disturbances, Supportive techniques
    Chapter 35 – Confusion and Dementia environment: Definitions, Signs and symptoms, Implications
    Chapter 8 & Chapter 33 Part 1 – Body Structure and Function/Common Health Problems: Integumentary System, Musculo-Skeletal System, Cancer, Shingles, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Fractures

    Chapter 8, Chapter 33 Part 2 and Chapter 32--Nervous System, Sense Organs, CVA with aphasia, TIA, Parkinson’s disease, MS, TBI, ALS, Vision, Hearing and Speech Disorders
    Chapter 8 & Chapter 33 Part 3-Body Structure and Function/Common Health Problems: Respiratory System, Circulatory System, MI, Angina, CHF, COPD.

    Chapter 8 & Chapter 33 Part 4 - Body Structure and Function/Common Health Problems: Digestive System, Urinary System, Reproductive System, Endocrine System, Immune System, Diverticular Disease, Hepatitis, Urinary Disorders, Reproductive Disorders, Diabetes, Autoimmune Disorders, HIV/AIDS

    Chapter 9 – The Older Person

    Chapter 38 – Getting a Job: Preparation for job interviews, Resume


    If you or your parent/guardian would like to contact the instructors, the best time to call is:
    Monday through Thursday: 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM or 2:50 PM – 3:30 PM
    Friday: 7:30AM – 8:00AM or 2:50 PM – 3:00 PM

    If you call during class time, after school, or over the weekend, a message may be left on the instructor’s voicemail. You may also contact the instructors by email.
    The instructors for the Nursing Assistant Training program are:

    Mrs. Laurie Bartels, RN
    Nursing Assistant Training Program Instructor
    Program Coordinator
    Phone: 630-691-7545 (desk)   708-670-1812 (cell)
    Email: laurieb@tcdupage.org

    Ms. Betty Jo Rispens, RN
    Nursing Assistant Training Program Instructor
    Phone: 630-691-7616
    Email: bettyjor@tcdupage.org


    Mrs. Kristin Crissey, RN

    Nursing Assistant Training Program Instructor
    Phone: 630-691-7615
    Email: krisitnc@tcdupage.org


    Nursing Assistant Clinical Instructors:
    Kirsten Anderson, RN
    Shawn McGoven, RN

    Yolanda Merasz, RN