Program Overview

Nurse Assistant

Nurse Assisting Certificate

Biological and Health Sciences Division, Room B213, (847) 543-2042
Degree: Certificate
Plan 21NB

Upon successful completion of this program, students must take the Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Examination (INACE) to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA).

 CNAs are assistants to licensed nurses. They provide hands-on care to those who are unable to care for themselves. In this program, students learn nurse assisting skills and related knowledge necessary to care for the elderly. Emphasis is placed on the role of the CNA as part of the healthcare team and its legal and ethical implications.

 This course consists of both classroom and clinical experiences. Day, evening, weekend, and blended options are available. Classes are offered at all CLC campuses. Clinicals are conducted at healthcare facilities throughout the community.

 This program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), 525 West Jefferson, Springfield, IL 62761, To successfully complete the course, students must satisfy the state required hours of attendance. Students who fail to attend the first day of class or clinical or fail to meet the state required hours of class and clinical attendance will not be allowed to continue in the course. Students MUST OFFICIALLY WITHDRAW THEMSELVES from the course by the refund date listed in the current class schedule in order to cancel their financial obligations.

The State of Illinois Health Care Worker Background Check Act of 1995 requires a fingerprint criminal background check on all individuals registering for the program.

Students with disqualifying convictions will not be allowed to register. Disqualifying convictions can be viewed at


  • Have a valid social security number.

  • Meet the minimum age requirement (16 years old).

  • Submit an application to the College of Lake County.

  • Meet the Reading Requirement.

  • Complete a fingerprint criminal background check.

  • Complete a urine drug screen with negative results.

  • Complete the Health Requirements.

For information on how to meet the above prerequisites and for additional program information, refer to the Nurse Assisting Fact Sheet at

Note: CNA certification is a prerequisite for the Associate in Applied Science Nursing Program. While many nurse assisting students continue on to become nurses, others pursue careers in a variety of other healthcare fields.

Certificate Requirements

To receive the Nurse Assisting Certificate of Course Completion, and to be eligible to take the Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Exam to become a CNA, a student must receive a minimum grade of “C” in the following course, meet attendance requirements, and demonstrate competency in all nurse assisting skills.

First Semester

7 Credits





Nurse Assisting


Face-to-face, blended, and virtual live course options available.

Total Hours for Certificate of Course Completion


For more information contact the Nursing Education Office at (847) 543-2043 or