Basic Nursing Assistant Course Description

7 Weeks / 144 Clock Hours

The Basic Nursing Assistant (BNA) course prepares a person to take the certification exam which is necessary to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in the State of Illinois. The program is designed to prepare qualified individuals to be safe, caring, and effective nursing assistants, who work under the supervision of qualified health care professionals. CNA’s are trained to perform at a minimum entry level in positions normally available in hospitals, nursing homes, and home health agencies. This course presents basic nursing assistant principles as well as providing opportunities for practice and demonstration of skills related to patient care. The students time will be divided between classroom instruction, laboratory time, and supervised experience in the nursing home and/or hospital settings.

Course Subject Descriptions Are As Follows:

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BNA 100 Fundamentals of Nursing Assistant

96 Clock Hours


Module 1. Introduction to Health Care Systems

16 Clock Hours

This module will define long-term care centers and their personnel, OBRA regulations and requirements, delegated tasks, resident rights, professionalism, ethical behavior on a job, qualities and traits of a successful nursing assistant, philosophy of patient care, and communicating with the health care team.


Module 2. The Patient

16 Clock Hours

This module will discuss basic structures and functions of tissues and cells and the structures and functions of each body system.  Students will learn the importance of quality of life of the older person.  The aspects of the older person’s life will be discussed: social relationships, aging, death, retirement, housing issues, and changes in body systems.  The importance of sexuality throughout life and how aging affects sexuality in older persons will be discussed.


Module 3. Protecting the Person

16 Clock Hours

The safety of older persons will be discussed in this module.  Risk factors, common safety measures, prevention of accidents, and restraint use are covered.  The student will learn about the different types of infection, signs and symptoms of infection, asepsis, disinfection and sterilization, as well as blood borne pathogen standards.  Good body mechanics, lifting, turning, and moving persons comfortably will be discussed.


Module 4. Assisting with Activities of Daily Living

16 Clock Hours

In this module students will learn about the resident’s unit, bed making, hygiene, grooming, urinary elimination, bowel elimination, nutrition, and fluids. 


Module 5. Patient Assessment

16 Clock Hours

In this module students will learn about the importance of exercise and activity of the older person, as well as comfort, rest, and sleep.  The needs of older persons with oxygen and assisting those with limited capabilities will also be discussed.  It is in this module that the student will learn to measure vital signs: blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and respirations.  Students will also learn to assist with a physical examination, staying within the realm of a BNA.


Module 6. Assisting with Care Needs

16 Clock Hours

In this module students will learn about transferring, admitting, and discharging of persons.  Wound care and heat and cold applications will be discussed.  Common physical and mental health problems will be introduced as well as topics on dementia, confusion, and developmental disabilities.  Rehabilitation and restorative care, basic emergency care, and the dying person are additional topics studied.  Upon successful completion of 6 modules, a uniform will be provided by MTI.


BNA 200. Nursing Assistant Practicum

48 Clock Hours

Students will participate in a unpaid practicum setting with a minimum of 48 hours.  Attendance is crucial.  Students will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to assigned facilities.  Students will apply knowledge taught in Modules I – VI with hands-on caring for residents in various long term care facilities.