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Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program ( BNATP )

The Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program ( CIP Code 51.3902) consists of 120 clock hour of coordinated theory, lab and clinical learning activities. The program covers  concepts on basic nursing skills. It  is designed to prepare students function under the supervision of the Registered Nurse in various healthcare settings. Successful completion of the program will lead to eligibility to sit for the competency exam administered by Southern Illinois University of Carbondale (SIUC). Upon successful passing of the state competency exam, the student's name will be added in the Nurse Aide  Registry which means that a student can work as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in  healthcare facilities.


Specific Admission Requirements:

  1. The prospective student must be at least 16 years of age.

  2. A reading comprehension proficiency of  at least 10th  grade level.

  3. A Physical examination, which includes a TB test within the last 12 months

  4. Criminal Background Check to be initiated by the school

  5. Copy of  health insurance coverage if available

  6. Valid social security number

Placement and Employment Opportunities

Due to the high-demand for qualified allied health workers/health care providers, students who successfully complete the program/course of their choice, perform successfully in their clinical requirements, and pass their licensing exams typically find immediate employment by applying directly to any health care facility. The students can also check on the school’s bulletin board for job opportunities.

Program Objectives/Outcomes:

At the end of the program, the nursing assistant graduate must be able to:

  • Describe the healthcare system and its role as part of the nursing team

  • Identify good work ethics

  • Demonstrate  how to communicate with  the healthcare team

  • Have an enhanced  understanding of  the older adults

  • Identify the human body structure and function

  • Demonstrate  how to provide care for the older adults

  • Demonstrate how to promote safety

  • Discuss and demonstrate on  how to prevent  falls

  • Discuss and demonstrate the use of  restraint  alternatives and safe restraint use

  • Discuss and demonstrate  how to prevent infection

  • Demonstrate  good body mechanics

  • Discuss and demonstrate  how to safely handle, move  and transfer the person

  • Discuss and demonstrate  how to perform grooming and hygiene

  • Discuss and demonstrate  how to assist residents with bowel and urine elimination

  • Discuss and demonstrate  how to collect specimen

  • Discuss and demonstrate  how to assist with exercise and activity 

  • Discuss and demonstrate  how to assist  with wound care                 

  • Discuss and demonstrate  how to assist  with oxygen needs

  • Discuss and demonstrate   how to assist  with rehabilitation and restorative nursing care

  • Discuss and demonstrate  how to care  of person with common health problems

  • Discuss and demonstrate  how to care  of  person with mental health problems

  • Discuss and demonstrate  how to care  of  person with confusion and dementia

  • Discuss and demonstrate  how to assist with emergency care

  • Discuss and demonstrate  how to  care  for the dying person 


Sorrentino, A. (2015). Essentials for Nursing Assistants, Mosby, 6th Edition, Evolve Elsevier.

Additional Materials:

Mosby’s Nursing Assistant Skills Video Series- 10 volumes

To obtain copy of school
catalog download here:

Course Outline

(5.5 hours/session) = 80 hours (plus clinical = 40 hours training):


Session 1         Introduction to Hospitals and Nursing Centers

                         The Nursing Assistant

Session 2         Work Ethics

                        Communicating with the Healthcare Team

Session 3         Understanding the Person

                         Body Structure and Function

Session 4         Care of the Older Person

Session 5         Promoting Safety

                        Preventing Falls

                        Restraints Alternatives and Safe Restraint Use

Session 6         Preventing Infection

Session 7         Body Mechanics

                        Safely Handling, Moving and Transferring the Person


Session 9         Assisting with Comfort

                        Assisting with Hygiene

                        Assisting with Grooming

Session 10       Assisting with Elimination

                        Assisting with Bowel Elimination

Session 11       Assisting with Elimination and Fluids

                        Assisting with Assessment

                        Assisting with Specimens

Session 12       Assisting with Exercise and Activity 

                        Assisting with Wound Care                 

Session 13       Assisting with Oxygen Needs

                        Assisting with Rehabilitation and Restorative Nursing Care

Session 14       Caring for Person with Common Health Problems

                        Caring for Person with Mental Health Problems

                        Caring for Person with Confusion and Dimentia

Session 15       Assisting with Emergency Care

                        Caring for the Dying Person


Program Cost Full Assessment:

  • Tuition and Registration Fee                                                                  $1095.00

  • Book/Workbook, Laboratory Fee/Technology Fee/Scrubs/Lab Kit        $483.00

      (Stethoscope/Sphygmomanometer, AE Stockings, Gait Belt)

​      TOTAL                                                                                                $1578.00

Criminal Background Check $35-$45 (Student Responsibility)
State Exam $75 (Student Responsibility), AHA CPR Training (Additional)
*Prices subject to change

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