Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program
7 credit hours
As a member of the healthcare team, the nursing assistant assists the nursing staff in caring for the incapacitated patient's basic needs, and maintaining the patient's overall environment.
Students must successfully demonstrate 21 manual patient care skills mandated by the Illinois Department of Public Health, complete 68 hours of classroom lecture, 36 hours of lab practice, and 40 hours of clinical rotations at a healthcare facility.
Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to take the State of Illinois Nurse Aide Competency examination. After successfully passing this exam, students may seek employment at long-term care facilities, hospitals, and home-health agencies. The BNAT program is also a prerequisite for Moraine Valley's nursing program. Anyone considering enrollment in the nursing program should attend a nursing information session to obtain the eligibility qualifications.
Nature of Work-Nursing assistants perform routine tasks in caring for patients. Under the direction of registered nurses, their duties include: aiding patients getting in and out of bed and walking, performing range-of-motion exercises with bed-ridden patients, bed bathing, shaving, oral hygiene, taking temperatures and other vital signs, feeding, changing bed linens, and maintaining the patient's general surroundings.
Related Job Title—Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.)
Employment Outlook—Median hourly earnings for nursing assistants in
May 2006 was $10.67. Middle 30 percent earned between $9.09-$12.80
an hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less
than $7.78 and the highest 10% earned more than $14.66. Source: US Dept. of Labor
The BNAT program offers students exceptional training in patient care skill implementation, and provides a fundamental introduction to the nursing environment.
The demand for Certified Nursing Assistants is rapidly growing due to the steady increase in the aging population.
For job listings and placement assistance, contact the Job Resource Center in Building S, Room S202 at (708) 974-5737.
Related Career Programs
Nursing, Recreational Therapy, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Phlebotomy, Massage Therapy, Medical Office Assistant.
Accreditation—Moraine Valley's Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program has been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, and is eligible for seven college credits.
- Students must be 17 years of age.
- Students must possess a valid, U.S. Social Security number.
- Students must complete the Compass Reading Placement Test and qualify for the RDG-091 level.
- Students must complete an Illinois State Police Electronic Fingerprint Criminal Background Check the first week of class. Additional fee required.
- Students must have a complete physical and required lab tests for clinical sessions.
- Student must have health care insurance for clinical sessions.
- Students must have CPR for Healthcare Providers' certification. This certificate is due the fourth week of class. Moraine Valley offers CPR for Healthcare Provider training through the Corporate, Community and Continuing Education Division of the College. The course number is AH8-039.
- Students are financially responsible for the CPR training required. For more information on CPR for Healthcare Providers, please contact Aurora Zwick, Corporate, Community and Continuing Education, at (708) 974-5735.
- Students must purchase course textbook, workbook, white scrub top and pants, a watch and a stethoscope.
- Course fee includes cost of lab supplies and state certification exam application.
- Students must attend the first day of class, all lab and clinical sessions. NO EXCEPTIONS. Absence from a lab or clinical session will result in a student withdrawal from the course.
- Clinical sites will vary dependent upon course section.
Certification—Each student must possess a valid social security
number, complete and pass an Illinois Electronic Fingerprint
Criminal Background Check, successfully implement the 21 patient
care manual skills mandated by Illinois Department of Public Health,
attend all lecture/lab/clinical sessions, attain a grade of "C" or
better in the BNAT program, and pass the State of Illinois Nurse
Aide Competency examination. After successful completion of the BNAT
Program, the student applies to take the Illinois Nurse Aide
Competency Examination. When the student receives a notification
letter from the Illinois Department of Public Health that he/she has
successfully passed the exam, he/she is then placed on the State of
Illinois Nurse Aide Registry. The Illinois Nurse Aide Competency
examination is administered monthly at Moraine Valley Community
College. The $60 cost to apply for the competency exam has been
included in the BNAT student course fees.