Nursing Assistant Program

Nursing assistants help registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) with providing patient care. As a nurse assistant, you may work in a hospital, long-term care facility, or other care agency.

This program is intended to provide entry-level skills for those individuals seeking employment as a nurse assistant. Lecture/laboratory hours in addition to clinical experience are included in the program. The nurse assistant, under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse or LPN, functions as a member of the healthcare team in a nursing home, hospital, or home health care setting. Theory and practical application in basic nursing skills, observation, and reporting of client/resident signs and symptoms, safety, and communication skills are presented. Coursework is taken at Illinois Central College campuses or other offsite locations. Scheduled clinical experience is provided in the area’s long-term care facilities or hospitals. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Program (NACEP) and become certified in the State of Illinois.

Interest Form

The CNA program is taking names of students who show interest and would like more information. This is simply to show interest, not for enrollment in the program.

CNA Interest

If trouble registering, please call the Hotline at (309) 690-7510.

CNA Career Pathways Grant Program

ICC has been awarded a grant in the amount of $204,060 from the Edwards Settlement Fund to train 100 individuals (25 per year, over four years) in our Certified Nurses Aid (CNA) Program.


Student Handbook

Local Salaries

Beginning nurse assistants earn approximately $8.75 to $14 per hour.


The Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  Completers are eligible to take the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Program (NACEP) and become certified by the state of Illinois.


Certificate (Certificate Program)
Total Credit Hours: 6

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours

This program is comprised of classroom, laboratory, and clinical learning experiences. Courses are offered at Illinois Central College campuses and other off-site locations. Students will learn to apply theoretical knowledge, and basic nursing skills to observe and report client/resident signs and symptoms. The Nursing Assistant, under the direction and supervision of a Registered Nurse or LPN, functions as a member of the health care team in the nursing home, hospital, or home health setting.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1HLTH 112; HLTH 116

Program Contact Information

Health Careers Department

Peoria Campus, Cedar 105

(309) 690-7530

Career Pathway

Pathway programs at ICC have a map that shows the courses/degree requirements that will lead students to their desired education and employment goals.

Career Cluster: Health Sciences
Pathway: Therapeutic Services
ICC Pathway: Nursing

Early College

If you are a high school junior or senior, you can get a head start on your future by taking college-level courses now! Visit our Dual Credit webpage for a listing of area high schools with courses available

Composition I (ENGL 110) | Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 140) | Humanities/Fine Arts | Introduction to Communication (COMM 110) | Introduction to Health Careers (ICC 104) | Introduction to Interdisciplinary Healthcare (HEOCC 114 ) | Introduction to Psychology (PSY 110) | Medical Terminology (HLTH 121)

Point of Entry

High School Diploma or GED

Getting Started: Apply to ICC | Apply to Health Careers | Paying for College | Career Information: Nursing Assistant | Career Information Licensed Practical Nurse | Career Information Registered Nurse | Student Information

Certificate of Completion

Nursing Assistant (6 credit hours)

Industry Credentials


Employment Information

Nursing Assistant $9-12/hr

Certificate of Completion

Licensed Practical Nurse (34 credit hours)

Industry Credentials


Employment Information

Licensed Practical Nurse$16-21/hr

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Healthcare Professional to RN Completion (60 credit hours)

Industry Credentials


Employment Information

Registered Nurse$24-29/hr


Certificate of Completion

Nursing Assistant(6 credit hours)

Industry Credentials


Employment Information

Nursing Assistant$9-12/hr

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Registered Nurse (64 credit hours)

Industry Credentials


Employment Information

Registered Nurse$24-29/hr


There are many Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs locally, regionally, and state-wide.



Transfer agreements formalize the transfer process from ICC to other colleges and universities. For additional transfer information, including information on transfer partnerships and transfer guides:

Transfer Planning

Essential Skills and Abilities

In order to enroll in (or remain in) the Illinois Central College Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program, a student must be able to meet the following Core Performance Standards and must not pose a threat to the well-being of clients, other students, staff, or themselves. A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) must possess capabilities and abilities in the areas of communication, motor, sensory, problem-solving, behavioral skills, and professionalism; therefore, these are the expectations for participation in the Nursing Assistant Program.

The student must possess the following capabilities and abilities:

A. Communication

  • Adequate command of English language, in order to read and retrieve information from lectures, textbooks and other teaching and learning resources
  • Communicate effectively in English with patients, families, and other health care providers, both verbally and in writing
  • Effectively adapt communication for intended diverse needs of audience
  • Interact to establish rapport with diverse population

B. Motor

  • Squat, crawl, bend/stoop, reach above shoulder level, use standing balance, and climb stairs
  • Lift and carry up to 50 lbs., and exert up to 100 lbs. force or push/pull
  • Use hands repetitively; use manual dexterity; sufficient fine motor function
  • Must be able to walk and stand for extended periods of time
  • Perform CPR
  • Travel to and from academic and clinical sites

C. Sensory

  • Auditory ability sufficient to hear verbal communication from patients and members of the health team; includes the ability to respond to emergency signals
  • Discern soft sounds, such as those associated with taking blood pressure
  • Visual acuity to acquire information from electronic medical records or written documents
  • Comfortable working in close physical proximity to patient

D. Critical Thinking

  • Address problems or questions to the appropriate persons at the appropriate times
  • Adhere to policies and procedures; including, but not limited to safety and infection control
  • Use sound judgment in decision making
  • Function effectively under stress
  • Adapt to changing environment and inherent uncertainties
  • Respond appropriately to emergencies

E. Behavioral Skills and Professionalism

  • Adhere to policies and procedures required by academic and clinical settings
  • Adhere to Illinois Central College Nursing Assistant Program Policies (per Nursing Assistant Program Handbook)
  • Maintain patient confidentiality and abides by the guidelines set forth in the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act
  • Assume the role of a health care team member
  • Function effectively under supervision
  • Accept criticism and reflect upon provided feedback to improve performance and practice
  • Display caring and compassion for others

If you have concerns that you do not meet these Core Performance Standards, please do not register for classes. You may call the Health Careers department (309) 690-7530