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Basic Nurse Assistant

The Basic Nurse Assistants program is often a prerequisite leading to advancement in several medical careers. Nursing assistants are increasingly being hired in hospitals, skilled care facilities, private homes, home health agencies and ambulatory care settings.

The BNA curriculum includes the following:

  • Introduction to the Health Care Agency
  • Ethics and Laws
  • Anatomy Structure and Function
  • Medical Terminology
  • Infection and Safety Control
  • Measuring Vital Signs
  • Rehabilitation and Restorative Care
  • Wound Care
  • Disease Process
  • CPR
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Growth and Development
  • Communication
  • Alzheimer/Dementia
  • OBRA guidelines

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This course is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE)-PBVS Division and is often required for those seeking a RN or LPN career. ELIM provides intense hands-on training in both nursing assistant theory and its practical application in a professional clinical setting. Each student must demonstrate mastery of the 21 skills required by IDPH. Upon completing and passing the 120 clock-hour course, students will be eligible to take the State of Illinois CNA exam.
Each student must demonstrate the mastery of the 21 skills required by IDPH. ELIM provides students with intense hands-on training in a clinical setting, enabling them to competently pass their 21 skills evaluation.
Upon completing all requirements and passing the state exam, the student's name will appear on the IDPH Healthcare Workers Registry.

Illinois Department of Public Health 21 Skills.  Click to view

  • Hand-washing
  • Oral hygiene
  • Shave a patient
  • Perform nail care
  • Perform perineal care
  • Partial bath
  • Shower
  • Occupied bed
  • Dress a resident
  • Transfer
  • Ambulate
  • Feed a resident
  • Calculate intake/output
  • Side lying position
  • Passive ROM
  • Apply and remove PPE
  • Temperature, Pulse, Respiration
  • Blood Pressure
  • Height and Weight


Because nursing assistants provide as much as 90% of the care in long-term care settings they have strikingly humanistic perspectives about care practices.
What are these gifts of experience? Here is what nursing assistants say are some of their unique contributions to care as well as insights they have gained from their practice.
"They tell us the job is about procedures, but the real job is listening and being a friend who also gives baths."
"The resident doesn't live in my world; I work in their world."
"As a caregiver you learn you have so many emotions: patience, compassion, and most of all, love."

Quotes taken from:
Best of Tips by Nursing Assistants for Nursing Assistants (Hartman Publishing, Inc)

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