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College of DuPage – Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

November 30, 2010 by  
Filed under USA CNA College

As a reminder, there is information for all NURSING DEPARTMENT PROGRAM inquiries and students on the NURSING DEPARTMENT home page.

Specific questions about the application and admission to the program(s) can be directed to the Health Programs Admissions Advisor (630-942-2259) or the Health Programs Admissions Specialist (630-942-2482). However, it is strongly recommended that you attend the Program advising session as a first step.


Applications for CNA (HLTHS 1105) courses offered the first 8 weeks of the Spring 2011 semester (Jan. 13 to March 11) will be accepted beginning Friday, Oct. 29. For courses offered the second 8 weeks (March 14 to May13), applications will be accepted beginning Monday, Dec. 13. Please note: TB test and drug screens required for admission to this program CANNOT be done more than 90 days prior to the start of the course.

In recent years, the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) profession has become one of the 10 fastest-growing careers in health care. With advances in medicine, as well as an increasingly larger older adult population, nursing homes, hospitals, home health care agencies and other medical facilities have become more and more dependent on the care provided by well-trained, state-certified CNAs.

A CNA is an entry-level nurse assistant who helps registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) with a wide variety of hands-on patient care. College of DuPage offers a CNA course (Health Sciences 1105) that provides both classroom and clinical education. Following successful completion of the course, a student must complete a state registry examination to begin working as a CNA. The course is eight weeks in length.

Certification as a CNA is also a prerequisite for students who plan to apply for entrance into the college’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program, as well as the Practical Nursing (PN) program.

The CNA program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health.