Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certificate
Become a certified nursing assistant
- Credit hours: 6
- Stackable to degree: Yes
- Potential job outcomes: Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
Prepare for a career as a certified nursing assistant with this 6-credit-hour certificate program.
You’ll learn basic skills needed to assist nurses in the care of patients across a wide variety of health care settings and provide basic bedside care such as eating, dressing and bathing.
Get hands-on experience practicing your skills in Harper College’s Nursing Laboratory, a state-of-the-art simulated clinical environment.
After completing the program, you’ll qualify for full-time employment in long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospitals and other settings. Course credit earned for this program can be applied to the Nursing AAS Degree program.
Students can take CNA classes at Harper's main campus in Palatine or at the Learning and Career Center in Prospect Heights. Additionally, dual-credit opportunities exist for students at participating high schools.
For information on how to get started, see the CNA Admissions page.
Certificate program requirements
This 6 credit-hour certificate program provides theory and training in the basic skills essential to the practice of health care workers who will assist the nurse in the care of patients in a variety of health care settings. Includes simulated practice and opportunity for clinical application. The course is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Health Regulations. Successful completion is required for application for the Nurse Aide Competency Exam. NOTE: All students are required to have a valid Social Security number, pass a criminal background check and meet health requirements. Special fees apply.
Opportunities for employment are found in settings such as long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospitals, and private duty.
This program is part of Harper’s Dual Credit Career Partnership. Applicants from this high school Dual Credit Career Partnership must have completed the 11th grade prior to entering and must also meet the program’s special admission requirements. Special admission requirement options include ENG 097, ENG 100 or ENG 101 with a grade of C or better, ESL 073 with a grade of B or better, RDG 099 with a grade of C or better or other placement options viewable in the CNA 101 course description.
A grade of C or better in this course is required for this certificate.
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Program learning outcomes
Students interested in nursing may also be interested in:
- Nursing (RN) AAS Degree
- Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate
- Military Medical Corpsman to Practical Nurse (METC) Certificate
- Gainful Employment Disclosure (required by the U.S. Department of Education)
- Harper Career Paths: Nursing
- Request Information
- Attend an Information Session
- Apply to Harper College
- Complete CNA Program Admission Requirements