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Certified Nurse Assistant Training Program

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare individuals to function in the role of nursing assistants under the supervision of a licensed nurse.  Students will be prepared to offer basic services relating to the comfort, welfare and safety of persons requiring healthcare. 

This course is regulated by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Students enrolled in the C.N.A. Training Program at KACC have an opportunity earn the qualifications necessary to take the IDPH certification exam and become a certified Nurse Assistant (CNA).

Not only will C.N.A. related medical theory be taught in a classroom setting, students will have hands-on activities in our on-site lab and have the privilege to participate in patient care activities at the Manteno Veteran's Home under the direct supervision of our Clinical Instructors.

College nursing programs often require entry level students to obtain their CNA as a prerequisite.  KACC students who successfully complete the program are way ahead of the game, not only for collegiate nursing programs, but for most other programs in the healthcare industry.

This program prepares students for their continued education at local community colleges and universities in a variety of healthcare fields including:           

LPN Radiology Respiratory Therapy
RN EMT-Basic Occupational Therapy
Medical Technologist Physical Therapy Pre-Med



Following successful completion of the CNA Training Program which, includes maintaining an 80% Average Test Score, students have the opportunity to earn 8 Semester Credit Hours for Course PNUR1438: Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) at Kankakee Community College;


  •  Watch (must have second hand)
  •  White uniform pants and navy scrub top
  •  White shoes for clinical
  •   Name pin purchased through KACC
  •   Pens
  •   Pocket notebook. 
  •  A Hepatitis B vaccine (recommended, but not mandatory) at  student's expense
  •  A two-step TB test is required.  The TB Test is a responsibility of the student. This test must be done prior to the beginning of the school year and can be done through the Kankakee County Health Department, your personal physician, local hospitals' occupational health departments or Bradley Wal-Mart.. Students are to bring their results of the test to their instructors when they begin class
  • Fingerprint Background Check – will be done at KACC at the beginning of the school year. This is a requirement of the Illinois Department of Public Health.  Any student failing to participate in the fingerprint background check will be removed from the program.
  • Drug Screen may be  a requirement of the medical facilities in which clinical hours are earned.

Additional Costs:

  • After successful completion of State requirements, students will have a CNA State Test (Estimated Fee based on 2016 was $75)
  • Class Fee of $120 is due and payable to Kankakee Area Career Center within the first week of school.  This covers the cost of Fingerprint Background Check, CPR Card, Picture ID Badge and Mosby's Textbook for Nursing Assistants - 9th Edition. 
  • Flu Shot is highly encouraged and may be mandatory by the Manteno Veteran's Home (Clinical Site).



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Kankakee Area Career Center4083 N 1000 W Road

PO Box 570Bourbonnais, IL 60914

815-939-4971Fax: 815-939-7598

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