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Basic Nursing Assistant Training

The Basic Nursing Assistant Training Program combines classroom or online instruction with clinical experience. Life Enhancement Health Care Institute will assist with career goals and prepare students to meet the challenges of the future in healthcare by providing competent and compassionate care.


Upon successful completion of the Basic Nursing Assistant healthcare vocational certificate course, students will receive a certificate of completion. Students will be eligible to sit for the Illinois Department of Public Health Certification Exam.

Course Objective

1. The course provides knowledge of common elements required for certification by the State of Illinois.   This will be measured by student achievement of a passing grade in the course.

2. The course presents core fundamentals of basic nursing to facilitate students' familiarity with compliances regarding the standards of practice for nursing assistants. This will be measured by skills tests given throughout the semester that contain core elements of practice such as privacy, safety, dignity, and patient rights.

3. To provide learners with experiences in the classroom and in the clinical areas that result in development of basic competencies required of nursing assistants.

4. To introduce the learner to the healthcare field of nursing assistants, and provide common elements required for certification by the State of Illinois.


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects overall employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

About 192,800 openings for nursing assistants and orderlies are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

Job Duties

There are many duties for nursing assistants. A certified nursing assistant helps patients with direct health care needs, often under the supervision of a nurse. Certified nursing assistants may also be called a nursing assistant, a nurse’s aid, or a patient care assistant. CNAs work directly with patients and nurses,helping with the many physical and complex tasks for patient care.


Pay Scale

The salary for this role varies based on facility, location, and experience, but the average annual income is $32,310 per year.* Employment generally includes health benefits and paid time off. Pay will increase when employed through a private agency.


If it has been a period of 24 consecutive months that you have not provided nursing or nursing-related services for pay, you will need to recertify.  To recertify, review your skills during a Illinois Department of Public Health approved evaluation session, and then schedule an on-site clinical session with us.

21 Skills are done on Fridays.


You must follow these steps prior to attending your scheduled 21 Skills Recertification class:

1. Email Your Notice Recevied From the state saying you eligble to take the 21 skills review.

21 Skill is a one day course.


6-8 Weeks in person or online Hybrid Course.

Our Program is approved by the Illinois Board Of Higher Education and Illinois Department of Public Health.

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