Rock Valley College

Nursing Aide Certificate (CNA)

Certificate: 7 credits (Limited Transfer & Limited Enrollment)
Program Length: 8 weeks, or 16 weeks
Nursing Program Contact: (815) 921-3264

Program Overview

The Nursing Aide Certificate Program prepares students to enter the health care workforce and a pathway to allied health and nursing careers. A flexible program of schedule options includes morning, afternoon, or evening sessions. Mandatory health requirements must be met. Students who complete the program with a grade of “C” or better are eligible for the Nurse Training Competency Evaluation. The program has a mandatory requirement of 80 hours of theory in the classroom and 40 hours of clinical experience in a long-term care facility. Classroom, skill labs, and clinical attendance are required. This course is a prerequisite for the Nursing A.A.S. Degree in Nursing program.

NOTE Age Requirement: All students must be a minimum of 18 years of age, or turning 18 years old during the course, in order to take the course.  This is a U.S. Department of Labor regulation. 

Application Process and Deadlines

1. Enroll at Rock Valley College

2. Placement Testing

  • ACT Scores (within the last three years)
    • Reading - Minimum Score: 19
    • Math - Minimum Score: 18
  • SAT Scores (within the last three years)
    • Reading - Minimum Score: 510
    • Math - Minimum Score: 470

If ACT/SAT scores are below the minimum score, Accuplacer Testing is required.
If ACT/SAT was taken more than three years ago, Accuplacer Testing is required.    

  • Accuplacer Testing can be taken at the Testing Center, (815) 921-2380
    • Reading - Minimum Score 56, which is RDG 099 ready
    • Math - Minimum Score 33 in Elementary Algebra, or successful completion of MTH 088 with “C” or higher    

3. Attend a Tech Connect Session

4. Attend the MANDATORY Admission Prerequisite Session

  • If you do not attend this, you will not be able to register for the course

5. Fingerprinting: Criminal Background Check

  • Information will be given at the MANDATORY Admission Prerequisite Session
  • Required a valid Social Security Number and photo ID
  • Cost: $33.70 (subject to change)
  • It is possible that a student's criminal background will prevent participation in clinical practice, thereby preventing program admission.

 6. Register for NAD-101

Nursing Aide Program

The nursing aide program provides clinical education at various long-term care facilities.  The nursing aide program must adhere to these facilities' requirements.  All admitted students will be required to provide the following at the expense of the student.
  • Physical exam with NO lifting restrictions
  • TB 2-Step (may be done separately during the first week in the program. Cost is $36.)
  • Seasonal flu vaccine
Number Title Credits
  NAD-101 Nursing Aide (7)

Time (subject to change)

8-WEEK Course: Spring, Summer, & Fall Semesters

  • Morning Classes:    7:30 – 11:15am, Monday – Friday
  • Afternoon Classes: 12:00 – 3:45pm, Monday – Friday

16-WEEK Course: Spring & Fall Semesters

  • Morning Classes:  9:00–11:45am, Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Afternoon Classes: 12:00–2:30pm, Monday – Thursday
  • Evening Classes: 5:30–9:45pm, Mondays & Wednesdays


Nursing Assistant classes are held at the Samuelson Road Center, 4151 Samuelson Road, Rockford, IL 61109.

Beginning Fall 2017, Nursing Assistant classes will be held at RVC's main campus in the Health Science Center (HSC), 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61114. 

Program Attendance & Expectations

Students are required to attend all days of the Nursing Aide program. This is mandated by IDPH.  This includes attendance to orientation days, lectures, skills lab and clinical. All students are expected to provide their own transportation to clinical sites.

NOTE:  Students should plan for at least a 30 minute travel time between clinical site and the main campus if they have scheduled classes either before or after NAD 101.

This Nursing Aide requires a "C", which is 80% to pass.

Program Completion

Upon successful completion of the Nursing Aide program, students will sit for the Illinois Nurse Assistant/Aide Competency Examination to earn the credentials of CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant).  This process has additional fees.

  • Approximately $67

COSTS/FEES (subject to change)

  • Tuition:  $875
  • Textbooks: $100
  • Uniform/Shoes: $70 (pending where purchased)
  • ESTIMATED Total Overall Costs: $1300 (this includes all fees & additional approximate costs)


Nursing Assistant Office

Samuelson Road Center
4154 Samuelson Rd
Rockford, IL 61109
Ph: (815) 921-3264

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