Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program (BNATP)

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The Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program (BNATP) prepares the student to become an integral member of the health care team in a variety of health care settings. Certified Nurse Assistants provide basic patient care in addition to assisting with activities of daily living. This course provides instruction in basic nursing skills through lecture, campus laboratory and supervised clinical experiences.


The Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program (BNATP) mission statement originates from South Suburban College, which is to provide quality education, to a diverse student body to meet the demands of the healthcare industry, by training students to become caring, safe, competent certified nursing assistants.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon completion of the BNAT Program the student will be able to:

  • Identify the scope of practice of the nursing assistant and how they are an important part of the health care team.
  • Interpret how a culture of caring contributes to holistic, compassionate patient care.
  • Discuss the role of the CNA in maintaining current state and federal regulations related to infection control in health care settings.
  • Select the appropriate actions of the CNA in response to disasters, fire safety and incidents as they relate to patient safety.
  • Apply non-specialized tasks (basic nurse aide skills) related to the personal care and comfort of residents, including activities of daily living.
  • Examine basic physical, emotional and psychosocial aspects of an elderly client.
  • Identify basic human needs in relationship to rehabilitation and restorative care.
  • Explain physical and psychosocial needs of the dying person and their family.
  • Compare and contrast between normal aging and dementia.


Occupational Outlook 2020-2030

The median annual wage for nursing assistants was $30,310 in May 2021. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,880, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $44,240.

The median annual wage for orderlies was $29,990 in May 2021. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,970, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $46,470.

NOTE: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program.


General Admission Information

All Certified Nurse Assistant applicants must complete a Livescan criminal background check in accordance with the Health Care Worker Background Check Code. IDPH’s rules states that nurse’s aides cannot work for an agency if they have certain criminal convictions. The list of disqualifying convictions that will keep students from working as a nurse’s aide may be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health Nurse Aide Registry website.

While this is not meant to discourage students, it is strongly recommended any student who has one or more disqualifying convictions will not be allowed to enroll in the BNATP until they apply and receive a waiver from the Illinois Department of Public Health. A waiver is not granted to everyone that applies. Each waiver application is reviewed individually. IDPH will not provide waivers for multiple disqualifying offenses. Refer to the IDPH Health Care Worker Registry website for CNA Facts, Waiver Application PDF, and Waiver Application Facts PDF.

Students may request a waiver application by contacting IDPH:

Health Care Worker Registry
525 N. Jefferson Street, Fourth Floor
Springfield, IL 62761
PHONE | (217) 785-5133
FAX | (217) 524-0137


Admission Requirements

Entry into the BNAT Program requires applicants to be:

  • 17 years of age
  • Reading placement score of 240 or above on the Accuplacer Assessment test
  • Submit a copy of your Covid-19 vaccine card (fully vaccinated)
  • Submit a copy of your valid Social Security Card or ITIN number
  • Submit to a Live scan Fingerprint Background Check, with no disqualifying offenses


Registration Process

  • STEP 1:  All potential students should complete an application for admission on-line or in-person at the SSC Circle on the second floor.
  • STEP 2:  Complete Accuplacer Placement test (Reading) and achieve a test score of 240 or higher. A charge of $25 is assessed for testing.


    Provide official verification to the Registration/Records Office of one of the following:

    • ACT Score of 19 or higher
    • SAT Score of 480 or higher
    • GED Score of 165 or higher
    • Completion of English 101 or higher at an accredited institution of higher education

    English and reading placement measures are valid for three (3) years from test date or course completion.

  • STEP 3:  Proceed to the Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program Office, Rm. 4223, with verification of reading scores.

    • Prospective students will complete and sign an Authorization and Disclosure form.
    • Students will receive a Live Scan Fingerprint application. Students are required to use the IDPH approved vendors who are listed on the printed application.
    • Students must present a valid driver’s license or state ID when obtaining fingerprints from the vendor. The Live Scan fingerprint background check is at the expense of the student.
      After your fingerprints have been scanned, bring the receipt to the BNATP Office, you will be given a curriculum form to take to the SSC Circle.
  • STEP 4:  Register for the NAS 100 course on-line via the student portal.


Clinical Compliance

The following documents must be uploaded and verified by Castle Branch before the start of your clinical rotation.

  • Completed physical form
  • Immunization Titers
  • TB-QuantiFERON
  • Annual Influenza vaccine
  • Copy of your Covid-19 vaccine card (FULLY vaccinated)
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria Pertussis Booster (TDAP)-must be within 10 years.
  • CPR certification from the American Heart Association for Healthcare Providers
  • Current health insurance/li>

Go to Follow the instructions and fill out the information needed to pay ($24.00). In the PLACE ORDER box, enter the package code “OH25im” and click GO.

Students must be able to participate in all aspects of the course without any restrictions. Affiliation sites may require additional information specific to their safety regulations.


Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program (NUR.BASIC.CNA)

NAS 100 Nurse Assistant Training Program 6
Minimum for Certificate 6


Tuition and Fees

The Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program is 6 credit hours and students receive a basic certificate upon completion. Students pay the current cost for each credit hour along with a lab fee. The lab fees are $110.00, which include the Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Exam (INACE).

Additional Expenses

In addition, students pay for an eBook and supplies that include:

  • wrist watch with a second hand
  • ceil blue scrub pants and ceil blue scrub top
  • gait belt
  • white nurse’s shoes

NOTE: This program is not financial aid eligible.

For questions regarding the Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program, please call the Department at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2497.