CNA Certification in Southern Illinois with Training Information

Research the certified nursing assistant (CNA) programs in Southern Illinois, where programs are currently being offered by 11 colleges. Read an overview of certificates, tuition info and courses for 10 of the largest of these schools and decide which program is right for you.

Essential Information

CNA programs teach skills essential for assistant nursing work, which often consists of patient care and monitoring in hospital settings. Certificate programs in nurse assisting prepare students for the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) CNA exam. Many programs include practicum requirements, such as clinical experiences. Programs may lead to certificates or associate's degrees, and some take the form of a single course.

Below is a list and comparison table of the 10 largest public colleges that offer nursing assistant certificate programs in Southern Illinois.


Danville Area Community College

Located in Danville, this community college has a certificate and associate degree program for nursing students. The seven-week/seven-hour certificate program prepares students for hospital and nursing home work with classes that cover the role of a nursing assistant and basic nursing procedures. To earn the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing degree, students must complete sequential courses in advanced nursing, anatomy and physiology, in addition to classes in microbiology, rhetoric and oral communication.

John A. Logan College

John A. Logan College in Carterville offers a program geared towards students seeking assistant nursing skills for various settings. At seven credits, the Nursing Assistant Training course takes place between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. Topics covered in the program include everything from medical asepsis and nutrition to safety, supportive care and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

John Wood Community College

Located in Quincy, John Wood Community College has a CNA program totaling eight credit hours. Split between three classes, the program covers the fundamentals of nursing and the basics of patient care, in addition to a clinical practicum. The sequence spans 152 clock hours, 104 of which are spent in the classroom and 48 of which involve hands-on clinical work.

Kaskaskia College

Kaskaskia College in Centralia offers a Nurse Assistant certificate course. Totaling seven credit hours, the course includes 15 clock hours of Alzheimer's patient care. Kaskaskia also offers a 72-credit, four-semester AAS program in nursing that covers topics like psychology, sociology and pharmacology, as well as microbiology, dosage calculations and mental health care.

Lake Land College

Situated in Mattoon, Lake Land College offers certificates through its Basic Nursing Assistant Program. With approval by the IDPH, the program consists of an eight-credit hour course. Through a mixture of classroom study and hands-on practice in clinical settings, students of the program are trained for entry-level positions in the field of nursing.

Lewis and Clark Community College

Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey offers a Nurse Assistant Certificate of Completion (COC). For an extra fee, CPR Class C cards are given to students of the program. Lewis and Clark also offers an AAS in Nursing.

Lincoln Land Community College

Springfield's Lincoln Land Community College has degrees and certificates for students interested in the nursing field. To earn the COC, students must complete the 6.5-credit Basic Nurse Assistant course. Alternately, the 70-credit AAS program is spread out over four semesters with courses in everything from human development and anatomy to composition and American politics.

Parkland College

Parkland College allows Champaign-area students to earn certificates and degrees in nursing. In order to earn the certificate, students must complete the six-credit hour Basic Nursing Assistant Training Program. Students seeking the AAS degree will need to complete 68 credits over a four-semester sequence, which includes courses in maternal and pediatric nursing, as well as sociology and composition.

Rend Lake College

A basic nurse assistant program is offered at Rend Lake College in Ina. Totaling seven credit hours, this occupational certificate program prepares students to take the state registry examination. This school also offers a practical nursing program that awards an occupational certificate upon completion of the program's 43 credit hours and an AAS in Nursing that requires 68 credit hours.

Southwestern Illinois College

Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville offers a certificate for the completion of its Nurse Assistant course. The course covers topics like medical terminology, body mechanics, vital signs and patient care, in addition to anatomy and physiology. Comprised of seven credit hours, the course includes lab time, lectures and clinical work.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Nursing Assistant Certificate Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)
Danville Area Community College Two-year, public; small city Certificate - Nurse Assistant (CNA),
AAS in Nursing
$4,125 (in-district),
$6,375 (in-state),
$6,375 (out-of-state)*
John A. Logan College Two-year, public; small suburb CNA program $3,270 (in-district),
$10,752 (in-state),
$12,002 (out-of-state)*
John Wood Community College Two-year, public; rural fringe CNA program $4,410 (in-district),
$7,710 (in-state),
$7,710 (out-of-state)*
Kaskaskia College Two-year, public; rural fringe Certificate - Nurse Assistant,
AAS in Nursing
$4,192 (in-district),
$7,456 (in-state),
$13,152 (out-of-state)*
Lake Land College Two-year, public; distant town Certificate - Basic Nursing Assistant $3,459 (in-district),
$7,282 (in-state),
$13,084 (out-of-state)*
Lewis and Clark Community College Two-year, public; rural fringe COC - Nurse Assistant,
AAS in Nursing
$3,072 (in-district),
$8,256 (in-state),
$10,848 (out-of-state)*
Lincoln Land Community College Two-year, public; midsize city COC - Basic Nurse Assistant,
AAS in Nursing
$2,904 (in-district),
$5,544 (in-state),
$8,184 (out-of-state)*
Parkland College Two-year, public; small city Certificate - Basic Nursing Assistant Training,
AAS in Nursing
$3,945 (in-district),
$9,555 (in-state),
$14,355 (out-of-state)*
Rend Lake College Two-year, public; rural distant Occupational Certificate - Basic Nurse Assistant Program,
Occupational Certificate - Practical Nursing Program,
AAS in Nursing
$3,000 (in-district),
$4,605 (in-state),
$4,650 (out-of-state)*
Southwestern Illinois College Two-year, public; large suburb Certificate - Nurse Assistant $3,420 (in-district),
$12,120 (in-state),
$15,750 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.


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