Nurse Assistant Certificate

Curriculum NAS.NAS.CERT (C417E)

Designed to prepare nursing assistants to provide care in various health care settings under the direction of a registered nurse. The program includes development of fundamental nursing skills through lectures, laboratory activities and clinical experience. Students may also complete elective courses to gain knowledge and practical skills in ethical and legal responsibilities, medical terminology, venipuncture, and electrocardiography.

Upon successful completion of the Nurse Assistant program requirements, the graduate receives a certificate and becomes eligible to take the Illinois Nurse Aide Test, which is required for certification by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). The program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, 525 W. Jefferson St., Springfield, IL 62761, (217) 785-5133.

Last Update Effective: 1/19/15

Program prerequisites:

  • Have a criminal history records check as prescribed by the Health Care Worker Background Check Act (225 ILCS 46) with no disqualifying convictions;
  • have no administrative finding of abuse, neglect or misappropriated property in Illinois or any other state;
  • must have valid Social Security card and proof of employment authorization, if individual is not a U.S. citizen, such as a Resident Alien Card, U.S. Visa, Form I-94 or Permanent Resident Card;
  • must be at least 16 years of age, of temperate habits and good moral character, honest, reliable and trustworthy;
  • must have completed at least eight years of grade school or provide proof of equivalent knowledge;
  • must be able to speak and understand English or a language understood by a substantial percentage of a facility's residents; and
  • take the college placement tests and score 50-69 on the reading portion. Students score below 50 on the reading placement test must be enrolled concurrently in a reading class.

Semester One

Credit Hours


NAS 100

Basic Nurse Assistant



NAS 101

Nurse Assistant: Care of Patients With Alzheimer’s




Total credits required


Recommended Electives:


AHL 102◊

Ethics and Law for Allied Health Professionals



AHL 107

Intravenous Venipuncture



AHL 108




AHL 111

Applied Medical Terminology


See NAS course descriptions; AHL course descriptions.

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