As members of the nursing and health care teams, nursing assistants help the nursing staff in providing care for the incapacitated patient's basic needs and maintaining the patient's overall environment. Basic nurse assistant training (BNAT) offers students exceptional instruction in patient care skill application and provides a fundamental introduction to the nursing profession.

The program will prepare you to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). You will master competency in the 21 manual patient care skills mandated by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Program training will consist of 64 hours of classroom lecture including Alzheimer’s, and 40 hours of lab training. In addition, you will gain hands-on experience by completing 40 hours of clinical rotations at a nearby health care facility. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to take the State of Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Exam. After passing this exam, students may seek employment in long-term care facilities, hospitals, and home health agencies.

This course fills quickly, so if you're interested you are encouraged to register for HSC-150 as soon as possible to assure your seat in the class.

Locations

This program is offered at the Palos Hills campus and the Education Center at Blue Island.

What Can I Do With a Basic Nursing Assistant Certificate?

Basic nursing assistants perform routine tasks in caring for patients. Under the direction of registered nurses, some of their duties include: aiding patients with getting in and out of bed, walking, performing range-of-motion exercises with bed-ridden patients, bed bathing, shaving, providing oral hygiene, taking temperatures and other vital signs, feeding, changing bed linens, and maintaining the patient's general surroundings.

Job Outlook

Employment for nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed to assist and care for elderly patients.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

Admission and Requirements

Requirements:

To complete the BNAT Program, students must successfully complete and demonstrate:

  • 21 manual performance skills mandated by the Illinois Department of Public Health
  • 64 hours of classroom lecture including Alzheimer’s instruction
  • 36 hours of lab practice
  • Four hours of Emergency Care Education
  • 40 hours of clinical rotations at a health care facility

Not only that but students have to attend all lecture/lab/clinical sessions, as well as attain a grade of "C" or better in the BNAT program.

Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to take the written State of Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Exam. After passing this exam, students may seek employment at long-term care facilities, hospitals, and home-health agencies.

Additionally, students must

Be 17 years of age.

Possess a valid, U.S. Social Security number.

Be currently registered at Moraine Valley Community College.

Complete the Reading Placement Test
Students must qualify for the RDG-091 level OR have achieved a score of 20 or above on the reading portion of the ACT or 480 or above on the SAT. Students may also be excused from taking the Reading Placement Test because of previous academic work.

Submit to and pass an Illinois State Police Electronic Fingerprint Criminal Background Check with photography.
The Illinois Department of Public Health mandates that all students taking this course submit to electronic fingerprinting and photography and this is initiated on the first day of class. Failure to comply or a “felony hit” will make the student ineligible to take the BNAT course. Fingerprinting sessions will be initiated during the first class session. The fee is $32, subject to change.

Complete a Medical History and Physical.
Physical must include a Two-Step TB Test or Quantiferon Gold blood test, titers to document immunity to Rubella, Measles, Mumps, Chicken Pox and Hepatitis B and proof of a current tetanus vaccine and flu shot are required. In addition, a 10-panel urine drug screening, electronic fingerprinting with a photo* and proof of health insurance are necessary. Certification Card verifying AHA Healthcare Provider CPR required. Packets explaining course requirements will be distributed on the first day of class. All health requirements must be completed prior to the start of clinical sessions.

Complete BLS certification.
Students are required to obtain American Heart Association CPR for Basic Life Support certification 14 days prior to the start of clinical rotation.

Purchase required course materials.

White scrub top and pants

Watch with a second hand

Double-head stethoscope

Blood pressure cuff

Course textbook and workbook

Attend the first day of class, all lab, and clinical sessions.
To meet the program requirements, attendance at class sessions is required. Students who are absent on the first day of class, lab or clinical sessions or Alzheimer’s training must withdraw from this course if make-up sessions are not available. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Complete Clinicals.
After students have submitted their health requirements, completed all of the laboratory sessions and CPR for Basic Life Support certification, clinical sessions begin. This usually occurs in approximately the sixth week of the course. During a 17 week course, clinical will begin during the eleventh week.

Certification

How to get certified?

Upon successful completion of the BNAT Program, the student can apply to take the Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Exam. Once the student has successfully passed the exam, he/she is then placed on the State of Illinois Health care Worker Registry.

The Nurse Aide Competency Exam is administered monthly at Moraine Valley Community College. The $67 cost to apply for the competency exam has been included in the BNAT student course fees. Completion instructions for the online exam applications will also be provided to the student upon the successful completion of the course.

Approximately one week after taking the Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Exam, students can check the Health Care Worker Registry for their results at:

https://hcwrpub.dph.illinois.gov/Search.aspx.

A certificate can be printed at:

https://inace.nurseaidetesting.com/inace

Certificate Expiration
You have 24 months without working as a CNA before your certification expires. If you have an expired certificate and wish to renew, call the Health care Worker Registry at the Illinois Department of Public Health at (217) 785-5133 to request a re-test packet.

Certification Outside the State of Illinois
If you are looking to use your BNAT certificate outside the state of Illinois, you will need to call the health department of the state where you are applying for certification. Tell them you are certified as a Nursing Assistant in the State of Illinois. They will tell you whether your certification can be transferred, or what further steps you need to take to certify in that particular state.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

Why should I take HSC150, Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program?

  1. To determine if health care, specifically nursing, is the career for you
  2. To meet the admission criteria to be a CNA required by many nursing programs
  3. To obtain a job as a Certified Nursing Assistant

What qualities do I need to become a Certified Nursing Assistant?

  • Communication skills: Nursing assistants must be able to communicate effectively, to address patients’ or residents’ concerns. They also need to relay important information to other health care workers.
  • Compassion: Nursing assistants provide care for the sick, injured and elderly. Doing so requires a compassionate and empathetic attitude.
  • Patience: The routine tasks of cleaning, feeding and bathing patients or residents can be stressful. Nursing assistants must be patient to provide quality care.
  • Physical stamina: Nursing assistants spend much of their time on their feet. They should be comfortable performing physical tasks such as lifting or moving patients.

When will the next class start?
Classes are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Sessions are scheduled in the morning, afternoon and evening and are either 11 or 17 weeks in length. Check online for a complete list of HSC-150 sections being offered.

How do I apply to the Program?

  1.  You must be at least 17 years of age and have a valid Social Security number. You must enroll as a student at Moraine Valley Community College by completing an online admission form.
  2. You must have a documented reading level of 8th grade or higher. To accomplish this, students must successfully complete a reading placement test at 091 level or higher. An ACT score of 20 or above in reading or an SAT score of 480 or above may replace the placement test score. Some students may be excused from taking the placement test because of previous academic work, i.e., college credits already earned. Students who think they may be exempt should meet with an academic advisor.
  3. You can then choose and register for one of the class sections for the Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program, HSC-150.

How do I enroll in the BNAT Program?
Select the section of HSC-150 you would like to enroll in and register for it in person, on the phone (708) 974-2110 (TTY 711) or in MVConnect.

Does HSC-150 fill quickly?
HSC-150 fills quickly, so it is in your best interest to register as soon as possible. Students are encouraged to register for HSC-150 as soon as possible to assure their seat in the class.

If you attempt to register and find that the seats in the class are all full, don't give up! Often times people register for the class and then change their minds for a variety of personal reasons ― family emergency, spouse transfer to another location, pregnancy, etc. Unfortunately, there is no mechanism by which a waiting list could be generated. Therefore, if you attempt to register and find the classes are full, continue to check the enrollments.

Per the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines, enrollment in each section is limited to 24 students.

Can you describe the BNAT Program?
The program will prepare you to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). You will master competency in the 21 manual patient care skills mandated by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Your training will consist of 64 hours of classroom lecture including Alzheimer’s, and 40 hours of lab training. In addition, you will gain hands-on experience by completing 40 hours of clinical rotations at a nearby health care facility. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to take the State of Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Exam. After passing this exam, you may seek employment in long-term care facilities, hospitals, and home health agencies.

When and where will I do my clinical training?
After students have submitted their health requirements, completed all of the laboratory sessions and CPR for Basic Life Support certification through the American Heart Association, clinical sessions begin. This usually occurs in approximately the sixth week of the course. During a 17 week course, clinical will begin during the eleventh week.

Clinical sessions are established based on clinical site availability and staff scheduling patterns. They are held at nearby hospitals and long-term care facilities. The clinical experience provides students with the opportunity to perform supervised practice of required clinical skills.

Is CPR Certification included in the BNAT Program?
No. You can obtain a CPR Certification course hosted by the American Heart Association for Healthcare Providers at the location of your choice. The course is offered here at Moraine. Search CPR under non-credit courses.

Tuition Refunds

Students enrolled in HSC-150 are subject to Moraine Valley's tuition refund policy.

How do I obtain certification after I have successfully completed the BNAT Program?
Approximately one week after taking the Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Exam, students can check the Health Care Worker Registry for their results https://hcwrpub.dph.illinois.gov/Search.aspx.

A certificate can be printed at https://inace.nurseaidetesting.com/inace

How long does my certification last?
You have 24 months without working as a CNA before your certification expires.

If my certification does expire, what should I do?
Call the Health care Worker Registry at the Illinois Department of Public Health at (217) 785-5133 to request a re-test packet.

Is my certification valid in another state other than Illinois?
You will need to call the health department of the state where you are applying for certification. Tell them you are certified as a Nursing Assistant in the State of Illinois. They will tell you whether your certification can be transferred, or what further steps you need to take to certify in that particular state.

I am interested in applying to the associate degree Nursing Program. Should I take the BNAT Program?
The BNAT is a requirement for admission into Moraine Valley’s Nursing Program.

Spring Semester

The state of Illinois regulated Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program requires you complete fingerprinting before you can begin this course. Enrolled students who have not fingerprinted before the start of the class, will not be allowed to begin the course.

This service will be provided for you by Accurate Biometrics on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, on the Moraine Valley campus, Building B, Room B119.

Your cost is $31.50 and must be paid at the time of service, with a plastic credit or gift card. Cash or check is not accepted. You will need to bring a valid driver's license and a copy of your Social Security card/number. Mandatory fingerprinting time for your section is as follows:

  • HSC-150-001 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
  • HSC-150-002 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
  • HSC-150-200 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • HSC-150-201 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • HSC-150-580 11:30a.m.-12:30 p.m.

If you are unable to attend, please present to Room B150 prior to Jan. 8, 2020, to obtain paperwork and instructions on fingerprinting and background check. Any student not fingerprinted and background checked prior to classes will not be allowed to attend.

Career Connections Program

This program qualifies for up to $8,000 in tuition assistance.

Program Details

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
Basic Nurse Assistant TrainingCertificateHealth Sciences

D632CAM089

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