Nursing Assistant Education Certificate FAQ
How old do I have to be to take this course?
You must be 16 years old by the course completion date.
Do I have to be a high school graduate to take this class?
You must have a minimum of an eighth grade education to take this class.
Do I need to speak English?
You must complete RDG 090 with a grade of “B” or higher, the ACT Reading test with a score of 18 or higher, the ACCUPLACER® Reading Placement test with a score of 55 or higher, or ENG 151 with a grade of “C” or higher. The ACCCUPLACER® Reading Placement test can be taken in the Testing Center. See Testing Center information
Do I need to have a physical exam or proof of any immunizations?
You must present proof of a physical exam, using the Basic Nursing Assistant Medical Form, which states there are no restrictions that would interfere with your ability to complete the practical portion of this class, and a 2-step Mantoux TB test. The Mantoux TB tests are offered at the TB Clinic in Woodstock for a reasonable fee. Moderate to heavy physical activities will be required in the clinical setting.
Will I incur any costs besides my tuition and fees when I take this course?
You will be expected to have a white uniform, white shoes and a watch with a sweep second hand for the clinical experience.
State law requires you to take the Nurse Aide Competency Exam after you successfully complete the class. The Competency Exam costs $65. Your instructor will assist you with the registration process.
How do I enroll in the Nursing Assistant Education course?
If you haven't taken a class at MCC before, you must first apply to the College.
- Admissions and Academic Planning
- All students must complete RDG 090 with a grade of “B” or higher, the ACT Reading test with a score of 18 or higher, the ACCUPLACER® Reading Placement test with a score of 55 or ENG 151 with a grade of “C” or higher. The ACCUPLACER® Reading Placement test can be taken in the Testing Center. See Testing Center information
- Review Basic Nursing Assistant (NAE 100) course availability
- Review the list of requirements (and their deadlines) that must be completed before the first day of class.
Do I need a criminal background check to enroll?
Yes, please type your information in the Health Care Worker Background Check form, print it and return to MCC, E212. The easiest way to fill in this form online is to open the form in Internet Exploreer or Chrome.
Please note that we will not accept handwritten forms.
What's the typical salary for a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in McHenry County?
A graduate of MCC’s Nursing Assistant program can expect an entry-level salary of $11 to $13 per hour. Graduates are qualified to seek jobs in hospitals, hospice centers, home care, physician offices, walk-in clinics and day care facilities.
Does MCC offer any other health-related career training?
Student interested in continuing their studies in health care are asked to contact the Advising and Transfer Center, located in A257, at (815) 479-7565.
How can I learn more about the State Competency Exam?
Visit Illinois Nurse Aide Testing Program for more about CNAs.