Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program (BNATP)

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

Overall employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

The median annual wage for nursing assistants was $30,850 in May 2020. 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 $22,750, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $42,110.

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 Live Scan 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 that any student who has one or more disqualifying convictions should not 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 and at least 8 years of education;
  • Submit a copy of your Covid-19 vaccination card;
  • Place into Reading 081 or above on the Accuplacer Assessment test;
  • Submit a copy of your valid social security card;
  • Submit to Live Scan Fingerprint Background Check with no disqualifying offenses

The process to obtain a fingerprint background check is as follows:

  1. Prospective students should complete and sign an Authorization and Disclosure for Criminal History Records Information Check form that must be submitted to the BNAT Program Office in Room 4223. (Forms can be found online or in the BNATP office)
  2. Students will receive a Live Scan Fingerprint application. Students are required to use the IDPH approved vendors who are listed on the printed application.
  3. 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.

Upon verification of the Live Scan fingerprint background check you will be given a curriculum form to take to the SSC Circle, at which time you may register for the BNAT Program. For questions regarding the Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program, please call the Department at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2497.

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). In addition, students pay for a textbook and workbook, and supplies that include:

  • wrist watch with a second hand,
  • white scrub pants;
  • powder blue scrub top.
  • a gait belt and
  • white nurse’s shoes,

PLEASE NOTE: This program is not financial aid eligible.

Registration Process:

Entry into the Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program (BNATP) requires all potential students to visit the SSC Circle on the second floor to receive a pre-admission checklist.

NEW STUDENTS: must complete a college application, receive a BNATP pre-admission checklist from the SSC Circle and are required to meet with a counselor before taking the Accuplacer Assessment Test.

CURRENT STUDENTS: must receive a BNATP pre-admission checklist from the SSC Circle. A counselor must check your academic credentials to make sure you place into Reading 081 or above.

PLEASE NOTE: If reading placement is below RDG 081, counseling will recommend a remedial reading class before proceeding. Students who meet the reading requirement may proceed to the BNATP Office in Room 4223 with their checklist.

Clinical Compliance Documentation

Students are required to submit a completed BNATP Health Form prior to participation in clinical site activities. It is the students’ responsibility to upload them to Castle Branch for review and clearance before the start of their clinical rotation. The following tests and immunizations are required along with the completed physical: Immunization Titers TB, Annual Influenzia Vaccine, Tetanus-Diphtheria Pertussis Booster (TDAP), and COVID-19 Vaccination.

PLEASE NOTE: 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.

Health Screening Verification

The following documents must be uploaded and verified by CastleBranch before the start of your clinical rotation. If your health form is not uploaded to this site you will not proceed to clinical.

  1. Completed physical health screening;
  2. Submit a copy of your Covid-19 vaccination card;
  3. CPR certification from the American Heart Association for Healthcare Providers;
  4. Submit evidence of current health insurance.

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

NAS 100 Nurse Assistant Training Program 6
Minimum for Certificate 6


Students pay the current cost for each credit hour along with a lab fee. The lab fee includes the Illinois Nurse Aide (INACE). In addition, students pay for a textbook and workbook, and supplies that include: white nurse’s shoes, wristwatch with a second hand, gait belt, powder blue scrub pants and scrub top.