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Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program
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 A Basic Nurse Assistant or Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) works with the health care and nursing teams to assure proper care of the patient. CNAs are trained to meet the patient's basic needs of hygiene, mobility, and transfers while the patient is incapacitated. CNAs are also trained to monitor vital signs in order to assess the patient's condition. CNAs work in long-term care facilities, chronic care facilities, and hospitals. Some CNAs are employed by home health agencies. In order to become certified, a Basic Nurse Assistant Training student requires successful completion of a program approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

HSC 150—Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program (7 credit hours)
Moraine Valley Community College's BNAT program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The theoretical foundation for clinical skills and procedures are presented in lecture and include instruction in basic anatomy, medical terminology, communication skills, safety, infection control, and patient rights. This course contains substantial information on Alzheimer and dementia patient care, and emphasizes communication and coping mechanisms fundamental to working with this patient population. The curriculum also includes proper management of patient hygiene and mobility, and taking vital signs. In the student lab, students must master the 21 patient care manual skills mandated by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The instructor will demonstrate skills and students will practice skills until achieving competence in the lab. Eleven of the 21 skills must be validated with a patient or resident during clinical sessions.

Clinical rotation schedules are established based on clinical site availability and staff scheduling patterns. The clinical experience provides students with the opportunity to perform supervised practice of required clinical skills, including bathing, feeding and transfer of patients, within the clinical setting. The clinical affiliate sites that support the Moraine Valley Community College BNAT program include:

Alden Estates
16450 South 97th Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462 Holy Family Villa
12220 South Will-Cook Road
Palos Park, IL 60464

Ingalls Memorial Hospital
1 Ingalls Drive-North Bldg.
Harvey, IL 60426

Little Company of Mary Hospital
2800 West 95th St.
Evergreen Park, IL 60805

Manor Care East
7850 W. College Dr.
Palos Heights, IL 60463

Mother Theresa Home, Inc.
1270 Franciscan Dr.
Lemont, IL 60441

Palos Community Hospital
12251 South 80th Ave.
Palos Heights, IL 60463

Smith Crossing Senior Living
10501 Emilie Lane
Orland Park, IL 60467

Smith Village
2320 W. 113th Pl.
Chicago, IL 60643

The Moraine Valley Community College BNAT program offers a variety of scheduling options, as follows:

  • Course sections are scheduled during the Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters.
  • Courses are either 10 weeks or 17 weeks in length. Students enrolled in other courses, work full time jobs or who learn at a slower pace are encouraged to register for a semester long course (17 weeks).
  • The BNAT program consists of lecture, lab and clinical components
    o Lecture sessions are offered in two or four hour time blocks in the morning, afternoon and evening time periods.
    o Lab sessions are offered in two, four, or eight hour time blocks, also scheduled in the morning, afternoon and evening.
    o Clinical sessions are offered in either four or eight hour time blocks and begin upon completion of 40 hours of lab.

Please consult the course schedule posted on the following link for specific times of each section of HSC150.

STUDENTS PLEASE NOTE: Attendance at the first lecture, all Alzheimer, lab and clinical sessions of this program is mandatory.