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 COMPASS® Reading Placement test with a score of 48 or higher, or ENG 151 with a grade of “C” or higher. The COMPASS® 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?
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 tell you when to pay the fee. Only a money order will be accepted.
You will be expected to have a white uniform, white shoes and a watch with a sweep second hand.
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 COMPASS® Reading Placement test with a score of 48 or ENG 151 with a grade of “C” or higher. The COMPASS 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.
- Fill out the Health Care Worker Background Check form, print it and return to MCC, E212.
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.