Basic Nursing Assistant Certificate Admission Process and Guidelines

Getting Started

  1. Apply to the college
    • If haven’t taken a class at MCC before, complete the MCC application online.
    • Contact Admissions at (815) 479-7732 or with questions about the application process.
    • If you've previously applied to MCC, you do not need to complete another application. Call Admissions at (815) 455-8530 to verify your status if you have questions.
    • If you want to transfer college credits from another institution, choose to have your transcript evaluated when you complete the MCC application. Then follow the instructions for sending official transcripts from the institutions you previously attended.
  2. Provide proof of the academic prerequisite
    • Students must be 16 years old by course completion and have an eighth-grade education; and have an ACT Reading test score of 18 or higher, an Accuplacer Reading placement score of 226 or higher, SAT evidence-based Reading and Writing score of 320 or higher, or ENG 151 with a grade of C or higher.
    • If you’ve previously taken credit courses at MCC, contact Advising at (815) 479-7565 for assistance.
    • If you want to transfer college credits from another institution, you can request a transcript evaluation by emailing, if you have not already requested transcript evaluation(s) on the MCC application.
    • Take the Accuplacer English placement test for reading, if necessary.
  3. Complete Online New-Student Orientation
    • Required for new full-time students (taking 12 credit hours or more)
    • Optional for part-time students
    • If you need assistance, contact the orientation office at
    • It takes about 30 minutes, but if you need to take a break, you can log back in at any time and simply pick up where you left off.
  4. Register early for the class! Check the last date to register for this class. Registration ends early due to the requirements due before class starts. Register online, by phone at (815) 455-3766, or in-person in the Registration office (A258)
    • You'll need your myMCC username and password to register online. See step-by-step instructions and watch helpful videos about registering for credit classes through Student Planning.
    • If you're having trouble logging into any of our systems, call the IT Help Desk at (815) 455-8457.
  5. Follow the requirements and deadlines for enrolling in Basic Nursing Assistant Training Program.
    • Follow the precise guidelines and plan accordingly to have a physical exam, TB test, and COVID vaccine one month prior to the start date of class. Provide your instructor with the specific medical forms requested along with a copy of your social security card on the first day of class.
    • Expect to complete a health care worker background check and fingerprinting about two weeks before the start date of class.
  6. Check your MCC student email address for details regarding the requirements and deadlines
  7. Pay your tuition and fees
  8. Buy book(s)
  9. Check your class schedule from the myMCC and attend class!

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