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City Colleges of Chicago Healthcare Programs Basic Nursing Assistant

Basic Certificate (BC)

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​Malcolm X College's certificate program for Basic Nursing Assistants (BNA) prepares students to work in the health care industry as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). 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 health care 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 competency exam to become certified as a Nursing Assistant in the state of Illinois.    

BNA Coordinators:           

You can also contact:           

Lorraine Cross, M.Sc., Program Support Specialist at 312-850-7195 (, Room 2401            


Rhonda Phillips, MSN CNS, RN, Associate Dean, Nursing at 312-850-7387 (, Room 3100-C   ​​​​​  ​


Details: Basic Certificate (BC)

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8 CH
Short Term Health
BNA Fundamentals/Clinical 8
This course is part of the curriculum designed to prepare individuals to work in the healthcare industry as Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). The student is introduced to the discipline of nursing and the basic approaches of patient care. The concepts of caring for the whole person, nursing practice, multi-cultural society, and communication are addressed as students assist the licensed nurse and other members of the healthcare team to the clinical settings. Writing assignments, and testing of knowledge as appropriate to the discipline, are part of this course. Clinical laboratory sessions include pre-conference and post-conference at area clinical facilities. Theoretical concepts and clinical skills contained with the course are consistent with basic nursing assistant skills and standards developed by the Illinois Department of Health.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 096 and Math 098 or consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X

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