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Basic Nursing Assistant Training Program

Rhonda Phillips, MSN, CNS, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing
Credit Certificate
Students are introduced to the discipline of nursing and the basic approaches to patient care. The role of the CNA as an assistant to the licensed nurse and member of the healthcare team is studied and practiced in the classroom, simulation laboratory, and clinical setting. Upon successful completion of all components of the program, the graduate must pass the State's competency exam to become recognized as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in the State of Illinois.

Five program offerings are scheduled each year – two in the spring and fall, one during the summer. Students are responsible for completing the required theory and clinical hours. Theory class is held 3 days per week (M-Th) for 6.5 hours each day completed by a scheduled minimum of 40 clinical hours by program end, at an external clinical site. Classes are held at both our campuses, main -MXC, 1900 W Jackson and– West Side Learning Center, 4624 W Madison Street.
Class times
Morning sessions – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Evening sessions – 3:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Tuition - (plus costs for books, uniforms, physical examination, Healthcare Worker Background Check, CPR class, state exam)
  • Completion of college entrance test
  • Submission of medically compliant/documentation
  • Attendance at a BNA orientation session in semester of program

Health Science Program Special Admissions:                  

  • Students interested in the BNA program are required to submit their intent (see sidebar to link)
  • Students will receive an automatic confirmation email
  • If academic pre-requisites are met, the student will be notified that s/he meets the academic requirement for the program and will be contacted by the BNA Coordinator regarding next steps
Information Sessions: 
Every Monday (except holidays) 
MXC room 1303
1900 West Jackson
Chicago, IL 60612
 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  (each session lasts for 1 hour)

Orientation Session
Registered BNA students are required to attend one session prior to the start of their program. The details for each session will be sent to the student’s City Colleges of Chicago email address.      

For students wanting to take the BNA class this semester, we have added more orientation sessions for our 2nd 8-week session which starts October 23rd. The dates are September 28th, October 5th, and October 12th. Please contact Ms. Lorraine Cross at or 312-850-7195. 





Faculty & Staff

Name/Title Phone Email Room
Rhonda Phillips, MSN, CNS, RN  (Assoc. Dean)      3534
Lorita Collins (BNA Coordinator) (312) 850-4639 2102 & 102 WSLC
Magaly Roldan (Clerical) (312) 850-7376 3100
Lorraine Cross MSc. (Program Support Specialist) (312) 850-7195​ 2401
Instructors Phone Email Room
Carolyn Alford 3100
Barbara Jordan 3100
Defrances Higgs 3100
Denise Hong 3100
Devoria Williams 3100
Eve-lyn Packer 3100
Felicia Newton 3100

Nancy Roddy 3100
Patricia Hines 3100
Shirley Butler 3100

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Contact Information

(312) 850-7195
1900 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612
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Monday - Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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