Rockford, Illinois

Nursing Aide Certificate (CNA)

Certificate: 7 credits (Limited Transfer & Limited Enrollment)
Program Length: 8 weeks (or one semester)
Nursing Program Contact: (815) 921-3264

Program Overview

The Nursing Aide Certificate Program prepares students to enter the health care workforce and a pathway to allied health and nursing careers. A flexible program of schedule options includes morning, afternoon, or evening sessions. Mandatory health requirements must be met. Students who complete the program with a grade of “C” or better are eligible for the Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation. The program has a mandatory requirement of 80 hours of theory in the classroom and 40 hours of clinical experience in a long-term care facility. Classroom, skill labs, and clinical attendance are required. This course is a prerequisite for both the Practical Nursing Certificate and the A.A.S. Degree in Nursing.

Placement Testing

Placement testing

Educational Planning Session (EPS)

Educational Planning Sessions


Students will complete a criminal background check and drug testing upon admission to the program.  The Illinois Health Care Worker Background Check Registry process requires a valid social security number, finger print and photo ID in order to be eligible to complete required clinical placement.  It is possible that a student's criminal background and/or a positive drug test will prevent participation in clinical practice, thereby preventing program completion.


Essential Abilities

RVC Student Nurse Assistant Handbook most recent edition.


Pass standardized state exam and skill validations.


Physical exam, Mantoux test, uniform and state exam fees subject to change.


Experiences require travel to facilities in the college region.

Number Title Credits
  NAD-101 Nursing Aide (7)

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