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 "CNA Checklist" link provided below.  

 CNA Checklist


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


 Reading Assessment       

You must have a minimum reading score on the Next Generation placement test or have taken a remedial Reading/English class passed with a “C” or better before you can register for the CNA class.  To see details regarding placement testing please click here. 

If you do not meet any of these requirements, you must contact the Registration Office to determine what remedial class(s) you must take before CNA. The remedial classes are not tuition waived. (Click here for practice ACCUPLACER reading questions)


  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 students.  The registered student is still responsible for the $210.00 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 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 $210 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)

State Licensure or Certification Information

ArrowFor information on the specific states, the institution has determined its Certified Nursing Assistant program curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification regardless of modality, please visit our Certified Nursing Assistant Licensure webpage.