Certified Nurse Assistant

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. A nurse assistant will help with the routine care and treatment of persons who are sick, disabled, or infirm. Students who successfully complete NA 101 are eligible to receive the Nurse Assistant Certificate of Completion, NU 400.

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 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 and quiz (NA 101 Orientation) OR attend an in-person session prior to registering. 

All students registered for NA 101 must be fingerprinted before the 1st day of class. Please review the Fall 2018 Fingerprinting Information document for more information.


Orientation Sessions

In-person orientation sessions will be held at the Main campus in Bldg. U, 1st 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.

Sessions will be held on:
  • Wednesday,  July 18      4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday,  August 7        12:00 p.m.


Certificate Requirements & Gainful Employment Information

What Will I Learn?

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.

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:

  • 2017: 95%
  • 2016: 95%
  • 2015: 97%
Fall 2018 Class Schedule

What Are My Career Opportunities?

Certified Nurse Assistants are employed in a variety of healthcare facilities, including:

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