Certified Nurse Assistant



  • 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, but not all 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. 
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 This course does not require a high school diploma or GED.

 There is a minimum reading score required on the ASSET/COMPASS. 

The ASSET and Compass testing are free and are given in our Testing Center (Room A 145) with Ed Rose, click here to be redirected to the Testing webpage for more information.  The minimum score for the Asset is 36 and the minimum score for the Compass is 65.  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 do not meet the minimum reading score, you can take the READ 106 module (this is not a tuition waived class and you can expect to pay around $310 for this module).  You must have the minimum reading score before you can register for CNA.

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

The student is still responsible for the $29.00 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.

Students should expect to pay approximately $300 for other expenses throughout the class.  Some of the additional items that the student will be paying for would be fingerprinting, clinical uniform, textbook, etc.

  The next CNA class will be starting in Spring 2016.  Registration begins October 19, 2015.

Stop by the Nursing Office (Room T236) at SIC or call 618-252-5400 ext. 2331 for the date and time of the next class orientation.  However, we will not know the specific days and times of the class until the instructor sets this schedule with the state of Illinois (that could be up to 10 days before the first day of class).



How do I sign up to become a CNA? 

  1. Take the reading portion of the placement test in the Testing Center (A 144) with Ed Rose.  The minimum reading score for the ASSET is 36 and the minimum reading score for the compass is 65.
  2. Complete the Student Information Form - these can be found in the Nursing Office (T 236).
  3. Provide a copy of your proof of residency - the following documents may be presented to verify residency:  Illinois driver's license/state ID, Illinois automobile license, Illinois voter registration card, proof of ownership and/or occupancy of a residence (this must be approved by the Registrar), utility or landline telephone bill, or property tax statement.  Whichever document you choose to provide must have your name and current address to be valid.
  4. Register for the CNA 131 class with the Nursing Office (T 236).

Click here for a checklist that details the step by step process on how to become a Certified Nurse Assistant through Southeastern Illinois College.




At the present tuition charge of $94.00 per credit hour, the cost of the CNA program (tuition and fees only) is $756.00 for in-district students.  You must be able to prove residency in order to receive the in-district rates.  Out of district and out of state residents will have higher tuition rates.

***At this point in time, we are restricted to only allowing in-district students to register and the tuition is being waived for in-district students.  The student is still responsible to pay for the course fees in the amount of $29.00.  Students should be expecting to spend approximately $300.00 for this class (this amount will be more if the student decides to purchase any of the optional equipment or the Hepatitis Series vaccinations).  This is subject to change.


Certification Exam:  Students completing this course with a grade of "C" or higher will then be eligible for the competency exam required by the State of Illinois to become a Certified Nurse Assistant.  This exam is $65 and given at SIC once each month.  The student is responsible for paying this fee once the class is complete.

Financial Assistance:  This course is not payable by the PELL grant (State and Federal Aid Funds).  If you need assistance to pay for this class, you must find outside sources that would help.

In addition to the tuition, other items required include:

  • The student must initiate an Illinois criminal background check during the first 10 days of class (fingerprinting).  The student is responsible for the fee.  The instructor will provide detailed information about this background check on the first day of class.  The student will then be told where to go for the background check, cost, and when this must be completed.
  • Book and name pin (book prices can be found online at
  • White nursing uniform, white shoes, white socks (beige nylons are acceptable for females), and a wristwatch with a second hand.  Your instructor will go through what is acceptable and what is not acceptable at the orientation.  The uniform is to be worn when you begin clinicals, not during your theory (classroom portion).  Do not purchase anything until after you have attended the orientation.
  • TB skin testing 2 Step (Mantoux).  Click here for more information at the 2 Step Mantoux test.  Please make prior arrangements to have this done in a timely manner.  This must be done prior to clinical.  For TB skin and Hepatitis testing contact:  Egyptian Health Department * TB Board * 1412 US 45 N * Eldorado, IL  62930 * 618-273-3326

The 3 shot series of Hepatitis B vaccine is optional but strongly suggested for everyone in the healthcare field.  Hepatitis B virus is easily spread through contact with the blood or other bodily fluids of an infected person.  People can also be infected from contact with a contaminated object, where the virus can live for up to 7 days.  Contact your healtcare provider for more information.

Click here for the CNA Curriculum Guide.