Grades 11 12 Credits 2.5 Full Year

Course Fees: $10 per semester

$20-$40 white uniform & shoes


$65 State Certification Testing (optional)

Prerequisites: None


Course Description

This is a Certified Nursing Assistant program approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (Program #0288). The course is composed of a combination of subject matter and experiences designed to perform tasks of individuals receiving nursing services. The student learns those competencies needed to perform as a nurse assistant under the direction of the registered nurse. The units of instruction should include the role of the nurse assistant while covering general health care topics; medical terminology; patients/clients and their environment; special feeding techniques; psychological support and, in long term and terminal illness, death and dying (e.g., chronically ill, children, new mothers, and so on); and all other basic nursing skills. Topics covered typically include normal growth and development; feeding, transporting patients, hygiene, and disease prevention; basic pharmacology; first aid and CPR; observing and reporting; care of equipment and supplies; doctor, nurse, and patient relationships and roles; procedure policies; medical and professional ethics; and care of various kinds of patients. In order to have an approved nurse assistant program (one in which the students are eligible to sit for the certifying exam) the program must be approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health.




Grade 12 Credits 2.5 Full Year

Course Fees: $10 per semester

Prerequisites: Must have earned a “B” average in ECHO 1, passed the CNA test and have instructor approval. Students must provide their own transportation to internship site.


Course Description


Medical Terminology courses students learn how to identify medical terms by analyzing their components. These courses emphasize defining medical prefixes, root words, suffixes, and abbreviations. The primary focus is on developing both oral and written skills in the language used to communicate within health care professions. Health Occupations – This course should include affective, cognitive and psychomotor skills that are common to most health occupations. Some degree of occupational competency can be developed at this level. The units of instruction, activities and skills should be planned and assessed concurrently utilizing the industry or national standards for assessment whenever possible. These units may include diagnostic and therapeutic measures, management functions, transportation and mobility, psycho –social care, anatomy and physiology, administering medications, patients /clients with special needs. Student performance should be learned and practiced in the classroom and laboratory and supervised closely by approved Emergency Medical Services occupations teachers/worksite mentors in a facility through extended campus or clinical experiences. Both extended campus and clinical experiences require written agreements between educational facilities and respiratory health care providers to determine the responsibilities of each agency.