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 implementation, and provides a fundamental introduction to the nursing profession.

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, providing oral hygiene, taking temperatures and other vital signs, feeding, changing bed linens, and maintaining the patient’s general surroundings.

In order to complete the BNAT Program, students must successfully demonstrate 21 manual performance skills mandated by the Illinois Department of Public Health, complete 64 hours of classroom lecture including Alzheimer’s instruction, 36 hours of lab practice, 4 hours of CPR training and 40 hours of clinical rotations at a health care facility.

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. The BNAT program is also a prerequisite for many nursing programs. Anyone considering enrollment in Moraine Valley’s nursing program should attend a nursing information session to obtain its eligibility qualifications.

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.

Program Requirements

  • Students must be 17 years of age.
  • Students must possess a valid, U.S. Social Security number.
  • Students must be a registered Moraine Valley Community College student.
  • Students must complete the Compass Reading Placement Test and qualify for the RDG-091 level OR have achieved a score of 20 or above on the reading portion of the ACT. Students may be also be excused from taking the Compass Reading Placement Test because of previous academic work.
  • Students must submit to and pass an Illinois State Police Electronic Fingerprint Criminal Background Check with photography initiated the first day of class. An additional fee is required.
  • Students must have a complete physical, required lab tests and immunizations prior to the start of clinical sessions.
  • Student must have personal health care insurance for clinical sessions.
  • Students will receive CPR for Healthcare Providers’ certification during one lab session.
  • Students must purchase course textbook, workbook, white scrub top and pants, a watch with a second hand, stethoscope and blood pressure cuff.
  • Course fee includes cost of lab supplies, CPR training and state certification exam application.
  • Students must attend the first day of class, all lab and clinical sessions. NO EXCEPTIONS. Absence from mandatory class sessions may result in a student’s 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, and attain a grade of “C” or better in the BNAT program.
  • Upon successful completion of the BNAT Program, the student applies to take the Nurse Aide Competency Exam. 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 Healthcare Worker Registry.
  • The Nurse Aide Competency Exam is administered monthly at Moraine Valley Community College. The $65 cost to apply for the competency exam has been included in the BNAT student course fees. Completion and processing of the exam applications will be also provided to the student upon the successful completion of the course.

Questions? Contact the BNAT Program Coordinator Mary Therese Galka, RN, BSN, at (708) 608-4330 or galka@morainevalley.edu