Nurse Assisting

Career Certificate

Help nurses and care for patients and residents

Form meaningful relationships with patients, residents and families

Become an in-demand assistant to licensed nurses and provide trustworthy care to elderly individuals with this 7-credit, 4-month nurse assisting program offered at CLC. As a nurse assistant, you complete a myriad of patient care duties every day. This program provides on-the-job knowledge and compassionate skills you need to succeed in the rigors and stresses associated with a career in health care.

After you complete this program, you will be eligible to sit for the Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Examination (INACE) to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA). The CNA certification is a prerequisite for the Nursing Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) program.

What can you do with a Nurse Assisting Certificate?

This certificate prepares you to work in long-term care (nursing homes), hospitals, home health and other related areas. 


This program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

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Admission: More needed

To get started with the Nurse Assisting program, prerequisites listed in the Nurse Assisting Fact Sheet (PDF) need to be met.

Your College & Career Navigator (CCN) will guide you through the onboarding process.


Career Outlook

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Your College & Career Navigator (CCN) is your "go-to person" ready to help you get started at CLC.

Your CCN guides you through the admission process, helps you choose your academic program, enroll in classes and connect you with resources.

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Recommended Pathway

This pathway serves as a guide for students to complete the degree or certificate assuming full-time enrollment (registered in 12 or more credit hours per semester) with Semester 1 typically representing a Fall term. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. For a more inclusive list of course options, see the college catalog.

*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

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  • Credit for prior learning available
  • Dual credit options available
  • Global citizenship
  • Online/Virtual options available
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    NUR 110 7
    • Course Code NUR 110
      Course Title
      Credits 7
      Course Highlights

Total Credit Hours


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Nursing at CLC

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This certificate is just one possible way to study nursing. Get the bigger picture—degrees, credentials and extra options.

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Frequently asked questions

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    Johnnie Lovelace


    What I liked about the nursing program here was that it was a small community. You feel more at home in a smaller group.”

    After graduating from CLC's nursing program, Johnnie worked in emergency rooms, ICUs, clinics and home health settings. She currently is CEO of three assisted living facilities in Atlanta.

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