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CNA Course Enrollment Click here to download our school catalog.

Now Accepting Fall/Winter 2017 Enrollment

Course Description: CNA

The Certified Nurse Assistant Training Program is designed to train the students the tasks and skills required in the daily care of patients requiring long term care.  It will also provide the knowledge needed to function effectively as a member of the nursing team in various setting.  Upon successful completion of the program, the student is qualified to take the Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Examination administered by Southern Illinois University of Carbondale.  The program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Registration Procedures
Each student is required to undergo a personal interview prior to enrollment.  The admission representative will clearly outline the entire program.  The student must complete an application for admission and meet the admission requirement.

Admission Requirements
DCCA accepts individuals from all race, color, age religion and ethnic origin.  All applicants must:

  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Undergo physical examination including immunizations (TD,MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, TB/PPD, Drug -test)
  • Pass Reading Test
  • Read/Speak English
  • Verified Pass of Criminal Background Check

Please note that all Health requirements must be completed before you are allowed to enter the clinical site.
If the student have a condition that could impact on his/her ability to meet course objectives are required to inform the program coordinator.  Student must provide a written statement from their physician stating that, in the physician’s professional judgment, the student is physically capable of performing assigned clinical skills.  It is the student responsibility of the student to inform the instructor and provide written documentation from a licensed physician.

The Illinois Department of Public Health requires that a student must be able to transfer a patient with the use of a gait belt.  This procedure is part of the mandated manual skills required to successfully complete this course.  Students with lifting restrictions must be aware that this skill will require assisting a resident of 100+ lbs.  Should a student suspect she is in the early stage of pregnancy, she should notify the instructor immediately. 
In the event of confirmed pregnancy the student should:

  • Notify the instructor in writing at the earliest possible date including the expected date of delivery.
  • Provide written documentation from the attending physician indicating any/all restrictions and approval for the patient transfer skill requirement.

We will make reasonable accommodations for students with physical limitations; short –term as appropriate for acute situation, and long-term for those with disabilities.  The clinical site has the final work as to whether they will accept liability for students with physical limitations working with residents.


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