Certificate: 7 credits (Limited Transfer & Limited Enrollment)
Program Length: 8 weeks, or 16 weeks
Nursing Program Contact: (815) 921-3284
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 16 years of age at the beginning of the course. This is a U.S. Department of Labor regulation.
2. Placement Testing
Reading Requirement: Students must have successfully completed RDG 096 with a “C” or higher or tested out according to ACT/SAT within the last 3 years, or completed Accuplacer® Testing:
Math Requirement: Students must have successfully completed MTH 088 with a “C” or higher or tested out according to ACT/SAT within the last 3 years, or completed Accuplacer® Testing:
3. Attend a Tech Connect Session
4. Attend the MANDATORY Admission Prerequisite Session
5. Fingerprinting: Criminal Background Check
6. Register for NAD-101
8-WEEK Course: Spring, Summer, & Fall Semesters
16-WEEK Course: Spring & Fall Semesters
Nursing Assistant classes are held at the Health Sciences Center, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61114.
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.
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.
Nursing Assistant Office
Health Sciences Center
Rock Valley College
3301 North Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61114
Ph: (815) 921-3284
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