Division of Career Education

Nurse Assistant Certificate

Curriculum C417E

Designed to prepare qualified individuals to work as nursing assistants in long-term care facilities (nursing homes), home health settings and hospitals, under the direction of a registered nurse. The course of study (165 hours of training) provides opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills used by nursing assistants.

Upon successful completion of program requirements, the student 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). Upon certification by the IDPH, the student may opt to take NAS 102 for additional education in home health.

Approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, 525 W. Jefferson St., Springfield, Ill. 62761, (217) 785-5133.

Students must be 16 years of age. A GED or high school diploma is not required.

Program prerequisites: 

  • Level 3 or above on the Triton College reading assessment test
  • Ability to speak and understand English as determined by designated college staff
  • Upon registration, a criminal background check will be initiated. Payment of $15 is due upon registration in the form of a money order or cashier's check made payable to SIUC.
  • A correct and valid U.S. Social Security Number (SSN) is required for participating in the program. An ITIN number is a Tax Processing number issued by the IRS. It usually begins with the number 9 and has a 7 or an 8 as the fourth digit; this number is not allowed per Illinois Department of Public Health.
Semester One
Credit Hours
NAS 100
Basic Nurse Assistant
# NAS 101
Nurse Assistant: Care of Patients With Alzheimer's
Total credits required
Optional Course:
# NAS 102
Introduction to Home Health Nursing Aide

Coordinator: Sandra Bowling, Ext. 3238  saffrunt@triton.edu  basicnurseassistant@triton.edu     Tatiana Ross-King, Nursing Secretary, Ext. 3427   tross1@triton.edu 

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