Nurse Assistant Certificate

Curriculum NAS.NAS.CERT (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 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). 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, IL 62761, (217) 785-5133.

Last Update Effective: 1/24/00

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

Program prerequisites:

  • Take the college placement test and score 4 on the reading portion. Students receiving a 3 on the placement test must be enrolled concurrently with a reading class.
  • Ability to speak and understand English as determined by designated staff
  • 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 (IDPH).
  • The Health Care Worker Background Check Act has been amended to require a fingerprint background check on all students.  The fee for the fingerprinting will be approximately $29.50.  A certified vendor through IDPH will come to the campus to do the fingerprinting.  Payment will be made payable in the form of a money order only.  This process will reduce the need for students to be fingerprinted multiple times throughout their health career.

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


See NAS course descriptions.

Coordinator: Sandra Bowling, Ext. 3238; Email: basicnurseassistant@