Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

The Certified Nurse Assistant Program is a one year course open to junior and senior students interested in the healthcare field. The course is composed of a combination of subject matter and experiences designed to perform tasks of individuals receiving nursing services. The student learns those competencies needed to perform as a nurse assistant while covering general health care topics: medical terminology;patients/clients and their environment;special feeding techniques;psychological support and, in long term and terminal illness, death and dying (e.g., chronically ill, children, new mother, and so on); and all other basis nursing skills.

Topics covered typically include normal growth and development; feeding, transporting patients, hygiene, and disease prevention; basic pharmacology; first aid and CPR; observing and reporting; care of equipment and supplies; doctor, nurse, and patient relationships and roles; procedure policies; medical and professional ethics; and care of various kinds of patients. This program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Upon successful completion, the student is eligible to sit for the competency exam.

Certification Opportunities
​-Certified Nurse Assistant
-CPR/First Aid

​Competitions
-​SkillsUSA

​Enrichment Opportunities
-Job Shadow at OSF St. James Hospital
-Clinical at Evenglow Lodge/Evenglow Inn

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