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.

Program Requirements

Full List of Program Requirements

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 be 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 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 at 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 for the AHA Healthcare Provider CPR will be conducted during a lab session. Packets explaining course requirements will be distributed the first day of class. All health requirements must be completed prior to the start of clinical sessions.

Complete CPR certification.
Student will receive CPR for Health care Providers’ certification during one lab session.

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 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.

Program Completion

In order 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
  • 4 hours of CPR training
  • 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.


  • 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 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 be also provided to the student upon the successful completion of the course.


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.

Contact the BNAT Program Coordinator

Please submit any questions regarding the program toDr. Kelli Nickols at or (708) 974-5585.

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