Nurse assistants provide daily care to patients in the areas of performing vital signs, bathing, providing personal care, assisting patients in and out of bed, helping bedridden patients maintain their ability to move, and caring for the patient’s overall environment. Successful nurse assistants have a blend of physical stamina and compassionate communication skills. The Basic Nurse Assistant (BNA) Training Program prepares students to take the State Competency Written Evaluation for certification, which is necessary for employment as a certified nurse assistant (CNA) in various health care agencies.
The ECC Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Admission Procedures and Entrance Requirements
To be considered for admission to the Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program students must:
- Apply to ECC (elgin.edu/apply)
- Be at least 16 years of age.
- Score in the 12th percentile or better in each section of the PSB-HOA exam.
Note: PSB-HOA testing information may be found at https://elgin.edu/admissions/testing-services/types-of-testing/psb-admission-testing-instructions/. PSB-HOA scores are valid for two years from the date the test is taken. New basic nurse assistant training classes begin in January, May, and August.
Students must complete the required course with a minimum grade of C. Students must provide their own uniforms, gait belts, and transportation to and from all clinical sites. All students in the program are required to attend the BNA orientation day, which will take place the week before the start of the semester. Students must attend the first class day of the semester and the last class day of the semester for the BNA course. Failure to do so will result in automatic withdrawal and/or failure from the program.
Policies and Procedures
Students registering for the Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program must provide a valid Social Security number in order to be screened for placement on the Illinois Health Care Worker Background Check Registry. Students must be listed on this registry in order to be eligible to complete required clinical training. Any student demonstrating a positive background check may be denied admission to any health professions program. A valid Social Security number is also needed to apply for the state CNA certification exam.
Prior to the first day of class, students must have the following documentation on file with the CastleBranch requirement tracking system: negative drug test results, completed medical form, proof of immunizations/titer results, proof of health insurance coverage, and proof of American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers CPR certification. Any student demonstrating a positive drug test will be dismissed from the Health Professions Division.
The standards, policies, and procedures of the Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program are published in the BNA Program Handbook. Copies of the student handbook may be obtained at elgin.edu/nursing.
Basic Nurse Assistant Program Outcomes
- Describe the health care team and the role of the nurse assistant.
- Identify the scope of practice for the nurse assistant, including ethical and legal responsibilities to the patient/resident.
- Provide quality and safe nurse assistant care in performance of procedure skills for the patient/resident.
- Apply knowledge and skills when caring for a patient/resident with acute, chronic, or terminal health care needs.
- Demonstrate assisting with rehabilitation and restorative nursing care to the adult and older adult.
Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program - Basic Vocational Specialist
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Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program Course
All NUR courses numbered 100 and above may be applied to the major field and elective requirement for the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. NUR 105 Basic Nurse Assistant Trng Program may only be counted in the GPA for seven hours.
NUR 105 Basic Nurse Assistant Trng Program (7)(6,3)
The Basic Nurse Assistant course of Elgin Community College is designed to prepare qualified nurse assistants to provide patient care as members of a health care team in hospitals, extended care facilities, community agencies and home health care agencies. The nurse assistant course is a seven credit course. It meets the requirements and guidelines set by the state of Illinois Department of Public Health for the Basic Nurse Aide Training Program. Successful completion of the Basic Nurse Assistant Program at ECC involves completing the mandatory hours of theory and hours of clinical instruction and demonstrating manual skills competency. For certification one must pass the Illinois State Competency Written Examination. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available
SPECIAL NOTE: Students enrolled in this program are required to have the following: 1) criminal background check, 2) drug test, 3) completed medical form (includes lab tests to prove immunity to common illnesses, TB test, Tdap and flu shot), 4) health insurance, 5) BLS healthcare provider CPR certification, 6) textbook, uniform, and gait belt, and 7) social security number in order to take the Illinois certification exam, which is required to work as a nurse assistant. The cost associated with these requirements is approximately $450 plus the cost for health insurance. Please refer to the college catalog or elgin.edu/nursing for more information. The last day to register for NUR 105 is 11 days before the start of the term. Students must take the PSB exam prior to registering for class and score in the 12th percentile or better in all sections. All students in the program must attend the BNA orientation day which will take place prior to the start of the actual ECC semester to begin to learn strategies to be successful in the program. In addition, students must attend the first class day of the semester and the last class day of the semester for the BNA course. Failure to do so will result in automatic withdrawal and/or failure from the program.
In-District Tuition/Fees: $1019 (effective 2020/21 academic year)
In-district tuition is subject to change based on Board approval (https://elgin.edu/pay-for-college/tuition-fees/).
Prerequisite: Completion of PSB-HOA (Psychological Services Bureau Exam for Health Occupations Aptitude) with a 12th percentile in all categories of the exam
Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer