Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) Pre-Admission Testing

Students who wish to enroll in NAD 101, Certified Nursing Assistant, may contact the Nursing Division at 921-3264 to obtain general information about the C.N.A. Program at Rock Valley College. Students should submit a completed Enrollment Information Form for Rock Valley College as soon as possible. Completed applications can be mailed, faxed, or brought to the Admissions and Records Office located on the top floor of the Student Center on the main RVC campus.

Testing Procedures

Prior to registering for NAD 101, the Certified Nursing Assistant course at Rock Valley College, students must complete and pass a pre-admissions test. Students who meet test score requirements will become eligible to register for NAD 101.

Students have three options to meet the testing requirement:

Option 1
Complete the ACCUPLACER Placement Test. Students will be tested in both reading and arithmetic. Additional information about the ACCUPLACER Placement test, sample test questions, and links to test preparation websites can be accessed through the Placement Test home page. Students who plan to enroll in the L.P.N. or R.N. programs at Rock Valley College in the future are encouraged to complete this testing option. It is also highly recommended that students consult with a counselor after taking the ACCUPLACER Placement Test to receive information about admission requirements to the L.P.N. and R.N. programs. If you have taken the Placement Test in the past, please contact the Testing Center at 921-2380 to verify your placement.

Option 2
Submit an ACT exam score report (taken within the last three years) to the Admissions and Records office, Student Center, or the Testing Center for evaluation. If your ACT composite score is 19 or above, you are eligible to register for NAD 101 without any additional testing required.

Option 3
Hold a passing Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) reading test score.

NOTE: When contacting the Testing Center (815) 921-2380 to schedule your C.N.A. testing appointment, please indicate which testing option you wish to complete.We will also answer any questions you may have and assist you in choosing the best testing option to meet your academic goals at Rock Valley College. Please note that a photo I.D. is required to take any test in the Testing Center.


Registering for NAD 101, Certified Nursing Assistant

New students are required to attend a mandatory Educational Planning Session (EPS) before registering for classes.

After successful completion of the ACCUPLACER placement test at the Testing Center, or upon verification of a passing TABE reading test score or ACT exam composite score, and attendance at an EPS, students will be eligible to register for NAD 101 either through Online Services or in person at the Admissions and Records Office, Student Center. The Registration Calendar provides information about registration dates and times. Students should review the current Rock Valley College Credit Course Schedule for NAD 101 course times and start dates. 


If you have questions regarding educational opportunities and class selection at RVC, students are encouraged to visit the Counseling & Advising Center on the top floor of the Student Center. Call the Counseling & Advising Center at 815/921-4100 to make an appointment or walk-in hours are available Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.