Health Occupations – CNA


Health Occupations-CNA One-year program offered to junior and senior students that are interested in pursuing a career in the medical field.   Upon completion of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) requirements, the students will be eligible to take the State Certified Nursing Assistant exam at the end of the school year.  The students must meet the following criteria to be successful in Health Occupations:  1) Achieve a C or better each quarter throughout the year on the coursework, 2) Be competent at the 21 skills in the laboratory and at the clinical site, 3) Have excellent attendance throughout the school year, and 4) Pass the criminal background check. Students must have an outstanding work ethic, be self-motivated, and take initiative to be successful in Health Occupations.  Students will spend 40 hours at clinical sites while at WACC.

8 Dual Credits with SVCC:  4 credits for NRS101, 4 credits for NRS103.

Prerequisites:  The Health Occupations program prepares students to become a Certified Nurse’s Assistant.  This is a state regulated program that requires students to spend 80 hours of theory and 40 hours clinical time working with patients. Students must have updated immunizations, TB test, and possibly flu shots if required by the clinical site.  Student must be able to lift 25 pounds as it is a state mandated CNA skill to perform a two person lift on residents who are 119 pounds or less.


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