Certified Nurse Assistant


The Certified Nurse Assistant Certificate is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  Southeastern Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


  • Assists in patient care and function as effective members of the nursing team, under the supervision of a Registered Professional Nurse.
  • Careers can be found in hospitals, nursing homes, and home health care settings.
  • CNAs help patients/residents with basic daily needs and provide bedside care.
  • Some duties include shaving residents, give baths, making beds, dressing residents, feeding residents, measure and record vitals.
  • In Illinois, the student must attend a specified number of hours in clinical and theory satisfactorily.  Once the student has passed the CNA class at Southeastern Illinois College, they can then sit for the competency exam to become a CNA.





 Click here for answers of Frequently Asked Questions. 
(you will be re-directed to SIU-C's webpage)



A detailed list of instructions and important information

are available in the link provided below.  

 CNA Checklist


 This course does not require a high school diploma or GED.


There is a  minimum reading score required on the ACCUPLACER. 

The Accuplacer is given in our Testing Center (Room A 145), click here to be redirected to the Testing webpage for more information.  The minimum score required to take CNA is a 54 on the Reading portion.  (Click here for practice ACCUPLACER reading questions)  Students who have a composite score of 20 or above on the ACT are exempt from testing if they submit ACT scores to the Admission Office.  If you did not meet the minimum reading score, you must contact the Registration Office to determine if there is a remedial Reading/English class that you will be required to take before CNA.  The remedial Reading and English will not be tuition waived.  You must have the minimum reading score (or remedial Reading/English class passed with a grade of "C" or better) before you can register for CNA.

  Registration preference is given to in-district students since the tuition is currently being waived.

Out-of-district students will be placed on the waitlist behind any in-district student.  The registered student is still responsible for the $197.00 in fees even with the tuition being waived.  The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) has set the boundaries of Southeastern Illinois College by zip code.  To check your zip code to see if you are in our district, click here to visit their webpage.  Questions regarding residency should be directed to the Admission's Office ext. 2441.  To register:  bring your proof of residency with you and come to the Nursing Office T236. 

  The CNA program is NOT financial aid payable.


  CNA classes are scheduled at different times throughout the year.

The best places to watch for CNA class announcements will be our website that you are currently on and by following us on Facebook.  Classes are held at our Harrisburg and Carmi campuses.  If you have questions please call or stop by the Carmi Campus (618-382-8869) or the Nursing Department at the Harrisburg campus (618-252-5400 ext. 2331)  Registered students must pay the $197 fees by deadlines announced at CNA orientation.  Failure to pay the fees by this deadline will result in being dropped for non-payment.

 Click here for the CNA Curriculum Guide

Course Description:  (CNA 131 Certified Nurse Assisting) Teaches and trains the nursing assistant to assist in patient care and function as effective members of the nursing team, under the supervision of a Registered Professional Nurse, in hospitals, nursing homes, and home health care settings.  Orient to the work environment and responsibilities needed for quality patient care and good employee morale. (7 credit, 4 lecture, 6 lab)