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Certified Nurse Assistant Training Program

Course Description

Students enrolled in the Health Occupations CNA Training Program at KACC can become a CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant). The Health Occupations I program at KACC is taught by Registered Nurses (RN’s) who are certified to teach the CNA program through the Illinois Department of Public Health. 

In this program, students learn basic nursing skills such as vital signs, nutrition, rehabilitation and patient care to prepare them for continued education at the collegiate level, including 2-year, 4-year and university level in the healthcare field including:


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


KACC’s CNA Program is embedded with college-level coursework. Students may have an opportunity to earn  dual credit hours at Kankakee Community College:

       ¨ Course PNUR1438: Nursing  Assistant (CNA) 8 Credit

Note:  In order to earn dual credit, students must meet community college standards.

  • Accuplacer test score minimum 35 or above (Students will be tested at KACC in the fall)

 Industry-Standard Certifications

  • Certified Nurse Assistant Certification.  This certification is issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  Students who meet IDPH and KACC Guidelines and maintain an 80% test score average may sit for the certification exam.
  • American Heart Association C.P.R. Certification: KACC C.N.A. Instructors are Certified CPR Instructors with the American Red Cross.  Students will learn life-saving techniques necessary for both adults and children.



  • Watch (must have second hand)
  • White uniform pants and navy scrub top
  • White shoes for clinical
  • Name badge purchased through KACC
  • Pocket notebook. 
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine is recommended, but not mandatory (Student’s expense)
  • Two-step TB test is required.  KACC will attempt to schedule on-site two-step TB Tests at KACC administered by Kankakee County Health Department.  Students who miss this opportunity will be responsible to complete prior to September 30th.  
  • Fingerprint Background Check – This is a requirement of the Illinois Department of Public Health. Fingerprinting will be performed at KACC. Students who miss this opportunity will be responsible to complete prior to September 30th.
  • Influenza Vaccine – When flu shots become available in the fall, students are required to have the shot. Students must receive the flu shot prior to direct patient care (approximately the second week of October).
  • Drug Screen/Vaccinations may be a requirement of the medical facilities in which clinical hours are earned.



Additional Costs:

  • Class Fee:  $145 due and payable to KACC within the first week of school. Fee covers the cost of Fingerprint Background check,  CPR Card, Picture ID Badge and program textbook and skills bag which must be purchased at KACC.
  • CNA State Certification Test Fee: $75 Approx. based on 2020.
  • TB Test—Approximately $30, payable to Kankakee County Health Department at the time of the test.
  • Influenza vaccination—Approximately $30




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Kankakee Area Career Center4083 N 1000 W Road

PO Box 570Bourbonnais, IL 60914

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

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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