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Basic Nursing Assistant

Nursing Assistants work as caregivers in all types of health care facilities and agencies under the supervision of nurses. Advancement in the health care field is possible with further education.

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 80 hours of theory in the classroom and 40 hours of clinical experience in an area health care facility.


Must be completed prior to admission.

  • Candidate must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Accuplacer reading score of 40 or above, or equivalent ACT score.
  • Attend a Basic Nursing Assistant orientation session.
  • Two-step TB test or equivalent.
  • Health care worker background check.
  • Influenza vaccine or signed declination form.
  • Valid social security card.
  • Physical Exam.


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: Please refer to your current course schedule for the MANDATORY orientation date, time, and location.


HCC has a 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 40 hours of clinical time within Highland’s district.

Basic Nursing Assistant (BNA) – course

Nursing Administration and Advisor

Jennifer Grobe, PhD, RN, CCM, CNE, Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, 815-599-3688
Click here for Dr. Grobe’s Bio
Alicia Kepner, CMA-AAMA, Coordinator, Nursing Program and Lab, 815-599-3679
Click here for Ms.Kepner’s Bio
Nursing Program Student Advisor, 815-599-3483

Our BNA Faculty:

Cassie Mekeel, CBS, RN, BNA Coordinator, 815-599-3685
Click here for Ms. Mekeel’s Bio
Shelly Morgan, MSN, CMS-RN, 815-599-3727
Click here for Ms. Morgan’s Bio
Kay Sperry, MSN,RN-BC., 815-599-3684
Jessica Larson, MSN, RN 815-599-3452

Nursing Scholarship Opportunities:
View all of our scholarships here.

Highland Campus

2998 W. Pearl City Rd. Freeport, IL 61032


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