Degrees & Certificates

Basic Nurse Assistant Training

Certificate of Achievement


The need for nurse assistants—sometimes called nurses’ aide, home health aide, orderly or attendant—is on the rise, along with skyrocketing demand for personal medical services around the clock.

If you’re looking for a career that combines personal interaction with medical knowledge, nurse assistant is it.

You can get started in this essential profession by enrolling in Waubonsee’s Nurse Assistant Program. Use the credential to quickly get a job and perhaps as a springboard to an advanced health care career. 

This program does have special admission and registration processes. Our Health Care Programs Administrative Assistant can provide guidance and information – contact Deb Biard at (630) 870-3901. Read the handbook (pdf)

Find Your Future at our CTE Event

CNA Showcase

Tuesday, November 12 • 4:30-5:30 p.m.

This in-depth overview session includes a facility tour and faculty talks, along with information focused on program admission requirements and career prospects.

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See If We're Right for You

Aurora Fox Valley Campus
Open House

Saturday, October 26 • 1 to 3 p.m.

Explore our health care programs, meet faculty members, take a self-guided tour and enjoy free refreshments!

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Studying Nurse Assisting at Waubonsee


Designed to prepare students to excel in the role of nurse assistant in a variety of health care settings, Waubonsee’s Nurse Assistant Certificate Program is efficient but extensive. Curriculum in our state-of-the-art classrooms and labs includes basic nursing procedures, food service, body mechanics, safety measures, special treatments, communication skills, and care of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Hands-on, practical clinical experiences are provided in long-term care facilities.

Our nurse assisting program is instructed by highly-trained faculty, which means students are getting the best possible education. And Waubonsee’s program, which is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, had a pass rate nearly 90% on the Illinois Nurse Aide Competency exam in 2018.


Working in Nurse Assisting 

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are among the most valued and personal caregivers in health care, engaging actively and regularly with patients in a variety of medical and residential settings. Nursing students rely on a sincere desire to give comfort and empathy, and receive satisfaction knowing their work improves the lives and well-being of others.

Progressing in Health Care

Nurse assistant certification may serve as a springboard for a variety of careers within the health care field, such as registered nurse, medical assistant, phlebotomy technician or massage therapist. Or, for even quicker advancement, add just a few courses in the same semester and become an Operating Room Patient Care Technician.

Career Program Outcomes

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See what you'll be able to do once you complete one of our career-focused AAS degree or certificate programs.

Study Tuition-Free


If you're between the ages of 18-24 and are in need of financial assistance, you may be able to get your tuition, fees, books and supplies paid for through the Waubonsee Works program.

Meet Your Faculty


View a listing of faculty members in this program.

Expected costs of CNA program

  • Class and student fees for in-district student (6 credit hours): $816
  • Textbooks: $150
  • Uniforms/shoes: $43
  • Name badge: $4
  • Supplies: $20
  • Drug screen: $45
  • Fingerprint background check: $29

Estimated Total: $1,107

Learn more about costs and payments at Waubonsee.