Certified Nurse Assistant


  • Health, Public Safety & Human Services

A nurse assistant helps with the routine care and treatment of persons who are sick, disabled, or infirm.

What Do I Need to Know About the CNA Program? 

In order to be eligible for this course, students must have completed at least 8 grade levels of schooling, be at least 16 years of age, speak and understand the English language, have a valid Social Security number and provide a copy of the card, and be in good physical, mental and emotional health.

All students interested in registering for NA 101 (Certified Nurse Assistant) must EITHER view the online orientation (NA 101 OrientationOR attend an in-person session prior to registering. 

Vaccine Requirements

All nursing programs (CNA, RN, LPN, LPN Transition) require that all students be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to entrance into the program in order to complete the clinical requirements of the program. Most clinical sites are not allowing exemptions for students. Proof of other immunity and/or vaccination, a drug screen and criminal background check are also required and will be communicated to applicants when provisionally accepted into the program. If a student is accepted into the program and fails the criminal background check and drug screen and/or does not have the mandatory vaccinations, the student will be removed from the program.

Fingerprinting Requirements

All students registered for NA 101 must be fingerprinted before the first day of class. Please review the 2022 Spring Fingerprinting Information document for important instructions, dates and times. Students must bring a driver's license/state ID and a copy of their Social Security card to the session, this is required by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Orientation Sessions

  • In-person orientation sessions are temporarily cancelled due to COVID-19
  • Access our online NA 101 Orientation

In-person orientation sessions will be held at the Main campus in U-Building, first floor auditorium. Sessions last approximately one hour; registration is not required. Students who have completed the online NA 101 Orientation are not required to attend an in-person orientation session. 

What Certificate Will I Receive? 

What Will I Learn?

The Certified Nurse Assistant Training course (NA 101) prepares students to administer patient care as a member of a nursing team in hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, and other extended care facilities. Students who successfully complete NA 101 are eligible to receive the Nurse Assistant Certificate of Completion, NU 400.

The NA 101 course follows the curriculum required by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Some of the topics include: the roles and responsibilities of a nurse assistant; HIPAA laws; how to prevent infection/promote safety; transfers; assisting with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and feeding; specimen collection; how to care for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementias.

Fall 2021 Class Schedule
Spring 2022 Class Schedule

What is Unique About Our Program?

Our program, which is approved by the IDPH, exceeds the minimum hours required in the classroom/lab and clinical setting. The additional time allows for reinforcement of key concepts, skills practice, and preparation for the state competency exam. Our pass rate on the state competency exam is above the state average for community college programs.

JJC's Illinois Nurse Assistant State Competency Exam Pass Rate

Pass rate includes scores from JJC's Main and Romeoville campuses:

  • 2020: 93% (Main), 100% (North)
  • 2019: 95% (Main), 100% (North)
  • 2018: 99%

What Are My Career Opportunities?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than other occupations. Potential employers include:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation
  • Independent and Assisted living
  • Memory care
  • Hospice
  • Home health