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CNA - Basic Nurse Assistant

Certificate in CNA-Basic Nurse Assistant


This course is designed to prepare the individual to work in the role of a Certified Nurse Assistant in a variety of health care settings. It is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Upon successful completion of classroom and clinical experiences, the student will be eligible to apply to take the state CNA registry examination. The class must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

Entry Requirements —

  • Be at least 16 years of age before completion of course.
  • Score a minimum of 53 on the reading portion of the Accuplacer test.
  • Submit to background check as mandated by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
  • Demonstrate current competency in American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR.
  • Accept provisions of the Rend Lake College Substance Abuse Policy.

The curriculum for this program has been developed to meet the licensing requirements for the State of Illinois.  It is not determined whether the curriculum meets licensing requirements for any other states.

► Total = 7 Hours

Prerequisite: Student must score a 53 or higher on the reading portion of the Accuplacer test.

CNA 1201 Certified Nurse Assistant * (7)

*All students in program must go through background check as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Program Outcomes

CNA - Basic Nurse Assistant

1. Demonstrate professional communication skills including recording and reporting
2. Demonstrate competency in the 21 manual performance skills mandated by IDPH
3. Initiate basic life support (CPR) following American Heart Association guideline.
4. Develop an understanding of the role of the nurse assistant as part of the interdisciplinary health care team.
5. Identify Residents’ Right for Long Term Care Facilities.
6. Identify symptoms and physical changes of Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders (including communication and handling of mood and behavioral disturbances with appropriate intervention to maintain patient/staff safety).

Mission & Goals


The mission of the Nursing Program of Rend Lake College is to prepare competent nursing graduates in the art and science of healthcare across the lifespan.  This goal is accomplished through instruction and practice of basic and advanced nursing skills; demonstration and use of critical thinking throughout the steps of the Nursing Process; and satisfactory evaluation of each student’s performance in various clinical environments.


The philosophy of the Rend Lake College Nursing Programs is in accordance with the college and department Mission Statements.  Every student is viewed as a unique individual with inherent worth.  Cultural diversity is embraced.

Nursing:  Nursing is defined as both an art and a science.  Compassion is a cornerstone of nursing care delivery.  The nursing philosophy is based on Dr. Joyce Dungan’s Model of Dynamic Integration.  Dungan depicts each individual as having three integrated dimensions-body, mind, and spirit.  Changing life experiences require frequent modifications in the balance of these dimensions.  Nurses assist individuals with these transactions.

Health:  Health is considered to be the successful integration of life’s challenges, which leads to optimum functioning at that particular moment.

Community:  Nurses must be able to cope with an increasingly changeable, dynamic environment.  The faculty strives to prepare nurses who can accept this challenge.  The community affected by nurses expands to areas beyond the immediate geographical region.  Students at Rend Lake College accept an obligation to contribute to their community.

Client:  Client is viewed in the broad sense as encompassing individuals and groups.  Clients use adaptation to cope with change and maintain health.  Since nurses assist with this process, students will be introduced to processes for acquisition of these skills.  As students move through the curriculum, the focus shifts to clients with more extensive needs.

Learning:  The nursing program is based on adult learning theory.  The goal is the preparation of competent, caring healthcare workers.  The teaching-learning process operates within the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains.  Nursing education involves the integration of knowledge and experience.  Critical thinking is an integral part of nursing process application.  It involves accepting responsibility and accountability for decisions while upholding ethical and legal standards.  Learning is affected by such factors as motivation, prior experiences, and learning style.  The program remains committed to practice oriented education.

Nursing Informational Meetings

Thinking of becoming a nurse? Attend one of our informational meetings below. 

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Faculty & Staff

Dean of Allied Health
Phone Extension: 1777
Building: South Oasis
Office: 116
M.A.Ed., McKendree University | B.S., Midwestern State University
Director of Nursing Program
Phone Extension: 1763
Building: South Oasis
Office: 123
D.N.P., M.S.N. & B.S.N., McKendree University | A.A.S. Rend Lake College
Administrative Assistant - Allied Health
Phone Extension: 1251
Building: South Oasis
Office: 104
B.S., Southern Illinois University - Carbondale A.A., Rend Lake College
Nursing Instructor
Phone Extension: 1808
Building: South Oasis
Office: 120
M.S.N. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville | B.S.N. McKendree University
Nursing Instructor
Phone Extension: 1781
Building: South Oasis
Office: 125
M.S.N. & B.S.N., University of Southern Indiana
Nursing Instructor
Phone Extension: 1759
Building: South Oasis
Office: 122
I moved down to southern Illinois in 2014. I graduated from JALC with my RN. I graduated from IWU (Indiana Wesleyan University) with my MSN in Nursing Education.

Allied Health Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1251
Email: [email protected]
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Allied Health
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Allied Health




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Academic Advisement Center
Administration Building, Office 115
[email protected] • 618.437.5321, Ext. 1266

College office hours
Monday - Thursday: 8 AM – 4:30 PM • Friday 8 AM – 4 PM 
Monday – Thursday: 8 AM – 4 PM During Summer