Basic Nurse Assistant Training

I.     Course Prefix/Number: BNA 100

       Course Name: Basic Nurse Assistant Training

       Credits: 7 (5 lecture; 7 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Successful completion of course admission procedures.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course offers a basic study of principles and procedures used by the nurse assistant in long-term care, home health settings and hospitals. The focus is on basic human needs and care of the elderly.  Integration of skills and concepts is acquired through hands-on clinical experience at local health care facilities.  This course is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Upon completion students may apply to take the Illinois Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide Competency exam.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in health care.
  2. Discuss how following the state and federal regulations enhances the quality of a person’s life in healthcare.
  3. Demonstrate effective techniques in building relationships within the healthcare team.
  4. Explain the philosophy of person-centered care.
  5. Apply principles of infection control, safety and resident rights while performing the essential basic nursing skills in the healthcare setting.
  6. Distinguish age-related changes from normal functioning of the body systems.
  7. Identify the principles for end-of-life care.
  8. Apply the philosophy of ability-centered care approaches to the person with dementia.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

(in accordance with  the Illinois Public Health Department Administrative Act section 395.000)

  • Module I      Introduction to Health Care
  • Module II     Rights and Responsibilities
  • Module III    Infection Control in the Health Care Setting
  • Module IV    Emergency Procedures
  • Module V     Injury Prevention in the Healthcare Environment
  • Module VI    Care of the Resident
  • Module VII   Fundamentals of Rehabilitation/Restorative Nursing
  • Module VIII  End of Life Care
  • Module IX    Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures, discussion, audiovisuals, demonstration of skills, supervised skill practice, return demonstrations, individualized tutoring and supervision of resident/patient care.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid, or online course.

Theory: Reading textbook, reviewing lecture notes, studying unit objectives.

Lab: Supervised practice, review of videos, return demonstration. Skill performance is evaluated by return demonstration in college laboratory. Selected skills must be dated and initialed by the lab instructor at the time of completion. Evaluation of skill performance will be based on the student’s ability to demonstrate technical competency, organizational skills, patient safety, standard precautions and patient rights.  Students are expected to practice as often as necessary prior to skill testing.

Clinical: The clinical experience is planned to integrate concepts and skills as listed in the outline. Clinical skills are added incrementally. Students need to pass all assigned lab skills and be prepared to perform them on a patient under the supervision of an instructor in clinical. Instructors will sign the student off on specific skills on the Procedural Performance Checklist as the student exhibits competence. No student will be admitted to the clinical site unless all health requirements are met.


IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Textbook: Mosby’s Textbook for Nursing Assistant’s by Shelia Sorrentino 8th edition or comparable text.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

In order to successfully complete the course, the student must pass all three components of the program as outlined below, Theory, Lab, and Clinical. A student must maintain a “C” or better average in each component throughout the course.

In accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines the student must pass the state approved Manual Skill Competency Evaluation (21 skills). This competency evaluation is integrated into the lab and clinical portion of the course.

  1. Theory – the student must:
    1. Complete all scheduled tests (6) and pass each test with a grade of “C” or better.
    2. Pass the final examination with a grade of 75% (C) or better.
  2. Lab – the student must:
    1. Pass all 25 lab skill tests. Student may retake a skill test one time.
    2. Pass all assigned lab skill tests prior to participation in clinical practice. A student may not be permitted to attend clinical unless they demonstrate competency in all assigned lab skills according to established criteria and in a timely manner.
    3. Pass manual skill final exam. No retakes on final exam.
  3. Clinical – the student must:
    1. Pass all assigned lab skills and be prepared to perform them on a patient under the supervision of an instructor.
    2. Pass all assigned skills on the clinical Procedural Performance Checklist, maintaining a C average throughout the course.
    3. Demonstrate technical competency, organizational skills, patient safety, standard precautions and patient rights. Successful performance of a task should result in positive outcomes for the resident.
    4. Comply with “Other Rules Pertaining to Clinical Practice” as listed in the syllabus and Clinical Handbook.

Successful completion of the BNAT Program requires the student to participate in and satisfy the clinical training component of the program. Students are required to attend clinical training experiences including but not limited to general acute hospital and skilled nursing facility. Participation in clinical training requires that the student have basic abilities that allow the student to perform successfully. A student must be able to perform the, “Essential Skills Expected of a Nurse Assistant” (Refer to “Essential Skills Expected of a Nurse Assistant” for complete description.)

Students’ progress is monitored on an ongoing basis. Individual evaluation of learning needs is done as needed for all three components, theory, lab and clinical. Students also have an opportunity to do a clinical midterm and final self- evaluation with the instructor. All performance skill evaluations are process evaluations. Students are expected to come to clinical prepared to do the assigned skills. The focus is on accurate and positive outcomes for the resident. Successful performance of a task should result in positive outcomes for the resident.

Grades are based on point accumulation for each of the 3 components Theory, Lab and Clinical. Theory, Lab and Clinical are weighted equally with each being a third of the final grade.

Theory 6 tests at 20 points each 120
Final written exam   50
Attendance and punctuality   30
200 (total possible theory)
Lab Skills (25 skills) 100 (total possible lab)
Clinical Performance 100 (total possible clinical)
Letter Grade
   A = 93% and above
   B = 84% and above
   C = 75% and above

XI.   Other Course Information


Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes, laboratory sessions and clinical practicums. Patient/resident care requirements demand that all students must be on time for clinical experience as well as classes. More than 5 hours of absences may be grounds for dismissal. All classroom and clinical hours not attended must be made up hour-for-hour.  The student is responsible for scheduling/completing make-up with the instructor within one week following the absence. The student will submit to the instructor written answers to questions on material covered in class during the absence. During the makeup session the instructor will review course material and lab skill demonstrations from the missed class as well as supervise the student’s lab skill practice.

Other Rules Pertaining to Clinical Practice:

1.  When doing the clinical practicum the student will not perform any tasks without supervision by a BNAT instructor.

2.  If the student is judged to be unsafe or demonstrates unprofessional behavior, this may constitute grounds for an unsatisfactory grade and may result in dismissal from the clinical unit.

3.  Students must demonstrate temperate habits and good moral character, and be honest, reliable and trustworthy.

4.  Each student’s right to participation in the clinical portion of the curriculum is also contingent upon compliance with the rules of the clinical facility.  The clinical facility has sole discretion to determine when its rules have been violated.

5.  Clinical sites may require students to have drug testing and/or criminal background checks.

6.  A student must complete the health requirements prior to attending clinical.  A student will not be cleared for participation in the clinical component until the Department Chair has received a “Completion of Medical Requirements” form from Oakton Community College Health Services.  It is the student’s responsibility to check with Health Services to make certain the paperwork is complete.

7. Students will perform tasks under the supervision of instructor only on residents assigned by instructor.

The Health Care Worker Background Check Act requires the new nursing assistant to have a fingerprint criminal background check before their name can be added to the Health Care Worker Registry in Illinois.  A student with a disqualifying conviction cannot attend the clinical portion of the BNA 100 course unless they have a waiver from IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health).  Students can access their criminal background information on the IDPH Health Care Worker Registry web site.  Criminal Background Checks are initiated on the first day of class and must be done through the IDPH Oakton Web portal for Health Care Worker Registry access.  Fingerprint Criminal Background Checks are done on Campus by an IDPH approved vendor.

Students who are pursuing coursework leading to an application for professional licensure or certification, and/or who will be participating in clinical placements, internships, or a practical experience through their Oakton Community College program of study should be aware that their host facility may require a criminal background check, finger printing, or drug screening. In such situations, each student may be responsible for obtaining and paying for the background check or other screening process and for delivering required documentation to the facility. Although Oakton Community College will make reasonable efforts to place admitted students in field experiences and internships as appropriate, it will be up to the host facility to determine whether a student will be allowed to participate in a clinical, practical or internship experience at the facility. Students should further be aware that a criminal record may jeopardize licensure by the State or other agencies. Students may consult the certification body corresponding to their intended occupation for more details. Successful completion of a program of study at Oakton Community College does not guarantee licensure, certification, or employment in a relevant occupation.

Program Completion

1. Upon successful completion of the course the student will be eligible to take the Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Exam. Testing information is available at:

2. The Health Care Worker Background Check Act requires the new nursing assistant to have a criminal background check before their name can be added to the Health Care Worker Registry in Illinois.  Those students who complete BNAT, and pass the Competency Exam and the criminal background check will be entered into the Health Care Worker Registry. The Illinois Department of Public Health requests that CNA’s notify the registry within 30 days of an address change. CNA’s who are on the registry and have not worked for pay for a period of 2 years will need to be retrained.

3. A certificate will be awarded by the Illinois Department of Public Health upon successful completion of the above requirements.

For students interested in continuing their nursing studies at the Oakton Community College, CNA certification is a prerequisite.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.