Academic Programs / Basic Nursing Assistant
Nursing Assistants work as caregivers in all types of
health care facilities and agencies, but predominantly
in long term care under the supervision of nurses.
Advancement in the health care field is possible with
This program prepares students to enter the health
care workforce. Attendance in class is mandatory to
meet federal and state standards set for nursing
assistants. All students must achieve grades of “C” or
above in theory and complete 40 clinical hours in
order to receive a certificate of completion. The
program is approved by the Illinois Department of
Public Health. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible for the Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation. The program is 88 hours of theory in the classroom and 40 hours of clinical experience in an area health care facility.
Must be completed prior to admission.
1. Candidate must be at least 16 years of age.
2. Compass reading score of 40 or above, or
equivalent ACT score.
3. Attend a Basic Nursing Assistant orientation
4. Two-step TB test or equivalent.
5. Health care worker background check.
6. Influenza vaccine, hepatitis B vaccine or titer,
or signed declination form.
7. Valid social security card.
8. Documentation of vaccine history or
documented titer levels.
9. Physical Exam.
10. Urine drug screen.
REQUIRED ORIENTATION SESSION AND FINGERPRINTING
In order to attend the Basic Nursing Assistant Course, students must register for and attend a mandatory orientation session. Students are able to register for this when they register for the course. All orientations sessions will be held prior to the start of the class.
Orientation Dates: The next orientation date for the spring 2017 semester is Wednesday, January 4 from from 4 to 6 p.m. All orientations will be help in Building N- Room 150
During the orientation session students will complete the required paperwork for the fingerprinting as well as receive necessary information for the BNA course. Students that need to get fingerprinted will then be given information about locations, scheduling, and payments. If needed, this will all need to be done prior to their first day of class.
HYBRID BASIC NURSING COURSE
HCC has a new hybrid Basic Nursing Assistant course
that allows students to complete the majority of
assignments and testing online while class time is
limited to review of material and lab time. The
student does need to complete the clinical time.
One hybrid section is offered every semester along
with face to face courses to meet the needs of
In compliance with the Illinois Department of Public Health, Highland Community College has developed a process for nursing assistants to recertify if he/she has not provided a minimum of eight hours nursing or nursing related services for pay within a consecutive 24 month period.
In order for a nursing assistant to be eligible for recertification, he/she must:
1. Not have any administrative findings of abuse, neglect or theft.
2. Have an Illinois State Police (ISP) Criminal History Records Check recorded on the
Health Care Worker Registry, that was conducted pursuant to the Health Care Worker
Background Check Act, and shows no disqualifying offense(s); or, if there is a
disqualifying offense(s), a waiver must have been granted. To see if an individual is on the Health Care Worker Registry, please visit: http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/health-care-regulation/health-care-worker-registry and “Search the Health Worker Registry” (on the right side of the screen). A form ISP 6-405B for a name-based background check is sent to the nursing assistant; he/she may request a fingerprint background check form the ISP. Once the results of the background check are received, the nursing assistant must mail it to the Registry at the address provided.
3. Demonstrate competence in all 21 Performance Skills as defined in Section 395.50 of the
Illinois Administrative Code. These 21 Performance Skills must be evaluated by an
Approved Evaluator in accordance with the established guidelines. The nursing assistant will need to contact Cassie Mekeel, BNA Coordinator at 815-599-3685 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the recertification course. The nursing assistant must successfully pass this Performance Skills evaluation before applying to take the state written competency exam.
4. Pass the state written competency examination which is administered by Southern Illinois
University Carbondale (SIUC), Illinois Nurse Assistant Training Competency Evaluation
Program at various sites throughout the state. The website, www.nurseaidetesting.com,
provides test site dates and locations, a practice test and answers to frequently asked
questions. If an individual fails the state written competency exam three times, he/she must successfully complete a Department approved BNATP before taking the exam again.
Visit Illinois Nurse Aide Testing to get a copy of the Nursing Assistant Training Performance Skill Evaluation Packet. The direct link is:
Or visit http://www.nurseaidetesting.com/ and go to the Program Coordinators & Instructors Tab, click on Forms, and then IDPH Performance Skills Manual – May 2009.
Contact information Health Care Worker Registry: 525 W. Jefferson St., Fourth Floor,
Springfield, IL 62761; Phone: 217-785-5133; Fax: 217-524-0137
Contact information Highland Community College BNA Coordinator: Cassie Mekeel, 815-599-3685 or email@example.com
Checklist for the Re-certification Process
_____ Currently active on the Health Care Worker Registry OR completed the appropriate paperwork, submitted to the Health Care Worker Registry, and completed the fingerprint background check at an approved livescan vendor.
_____ Complete a TWO-STEP TB Skin test
_____ Contact the BNA Program Coordinator at Highland Community College (815-599-3685 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to register for the course
_____ Register for the SPTP 160 course at Highland Community College Admissions Office to be enrolled in the Moodle Course
_____ Complete the Moodle Course pre-work assigned
_____ Set date for the 21 Performance Skills Check off through Moodle
_____ Once received from SIUC, complete and send in the Competency Exam Application scantron
_____ Pass the state written competency examination administered by SIUC.
Once the Registry has received the background check results and the Performance Skills
Verification Form, a Registry Verification Form and a Competency Exam Application scantron
for the written test will be mailed to the nursing assistant. The nursing assistant will complete
the scantron form and mail it along with the Registry Verification to SIUC. The nursing
assistant will be notified of the test date, time and location by a letter from SIUC. After the
nursing assistant has taken the written exam, test results are mailed to the individual and are
added to the Registry.
Costs for Re-Certification:
Background Check $32.50 (average)
TB Skin Test $24.00 (average)
State Test $65.00
SPTP 160 Course $276.00
Review Book $18.50 (average)
Click on a Major to view printable requirements page.
Basic Nursing Assistant (BNA) - course
Students interested in completing a BSN should contact Heather Moore at 815.599.3483.
Nursing Administration and Advisor
Jennifer Grobe, PhD(c), MSN, RN, CCM, CNE, Interim Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health , 815.599.3688
Coordinator, Nursing Program and Lab, 815.599.3679
Heather Moore, Nursing Program Student Advisor, 815.599.3483
Our BNA Faculty:
Cassie Mekeel, CBS, RN, BNA Coordinator, 815.599.3685
Shelly Morgan, MSN, CMS-RN, 815.599.3727
Kay Sperry, MSN,RN-BC., 815.599.3684
Nursing Scholarship Opportunities: