Certified Nurse Assistant


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 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 first day of class. Please review the Fall 2018 Fingerprinting Information document for more information.

Physical Exam Form

Orientation Sessions
  • Tuesday, October 9th at 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 28th at 4:00 p.m.

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? 

Nurse Assistant, CCO

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.

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%
Spring 2019 Class Schedule

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