Rockford, Illinois

Nursing Aide Certificate (CNA)

Certificate: 7 credits (Limited Transfer & Limited Enrollment)
Program Length: 8 weeks, 14 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 Practical Nursing A.A.S. Degree in Nursing program.

Application Process and Deadlines

  1. Enroll to Rock Valley College
  2. Placement Testing
    1. ACT scores (within last three years)
      1. Reading - Minimum Score: 19
      2. Math - Minimum Score: 18
      3. if ACT scored are below the minimum score, Accuplacer Testing is required
      4. If ACT was taken more than three years ago, Accuplacer Testing is required.
    2. Accuplacer Testing at the Testing Center (815) 921-2380
      1. Reading - Minimum Score 56, which is RDG 099 ready
      2. Math - Minimum Score 27, which is MTH 088 ready
  3. Getting Started Session (815) 921-4094
  4. Register for NAD 101
  5. Attend the MANDATORY Admission Prerequisite Meeting
    • Letter will be mailed for this MANDATORY meeting
    • Held seven weeks PRIOR to the start of the course
    • If you do not attend this, you will be DROPPED from the course

  6. Fingerprinting: Criminal Background Check
  • Information will be given at the MANDATORY Admission Prerequisite Meeting
  • Completed 6 weeks PRIOR to the start of the course
  • Required a valid Social Security Number and photo ID
  • Cost: $32.50
  • It is possible that a student's criminal background will prevent participation in clinical practice, thereby preventing program admission.

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

14-WEEK Course: Spring & Fall Semesters

  • Morning Classes:     8:00am – 11:15am, on Mondays & Wednesdays, ALSO

                                           7:30am - 12:15pm on Saturdays

16-WEEK Course: Spring & Fall Semesters

  • Evening Classes:      5:30pm – 9:45pm, Mondays & Wednesdays


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

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.

This Nursing Aide requires a "C", which is 76% 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 $65

COSTS/FEES (subject to change)

  • Tuition:               $740
  • Textbooks:          $100
  • Uniform/Shoes:   $70 (pending where purchased)
  • ESTIMATED Total Overall Costs:  $1141 (this includes all fees & additional approximate costs)


Nursing Assistant Office

Stenstrom Center for Career Education
4154 Samuelson Rd
Rockford, IL 61109
Ph: (815) 921-3264



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