Basic Nurse Assistant Job Training

I.     Course Prefix/Number: BNA 105

       Course Name: Basic Nurse Assistant Job Training

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Concurrent enrollment in BNA 100

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course expands understanding of today’s healthcare workplace and the role of the CNA. Content focus is on gaining the job search techniques necessary to obtain employment in the healthcare field, e.g., hospitals, long term and home health. Intended for those who are currently enrolled in BNA 100.

IV.   Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe the work ethics and job requirements of the CNA in the healthcare system.
  2. Identify strategies to complete a job application online and on paper.
  3. Summarize employee benefits, wages, hours and job description for CNA positions in Illinois.
  4. Create a resume, cover letter, and thank you letter for a career as a CNA.
  5. Demonstrate effective skills in job interview techniques.
  6. Discuss the type of issues and problems that arise in the job as a CNA.
  7. Explain how their Meyers Briggs personality profile relates to job performance.
  8. Examine actual job opportunities at the Career Day. 

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

  1. Introduction to work ethics and professional behavior in healthcare
  2. Job Application Process
    1. Resume
    2. Cover letter
    3. Thank you letter
    4. Applications
  3. Myers Briggs Personality Type
  4. Interview Skills
  5. Diversity and Teamwork
  6. Career Day

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Class discussion, computer assisted resume writing, informational interviews, case presentation, workshops.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Read hand-outs
  • Complete assignments/reports including resume, cover letters, thank you letters –submit on time
  • Use computer assisted software to complete resume, cover letters and thank you notes
  • Complete Myers Briggs Type Indicator-Attends Workshop
  • Case Presentation
  • Attend Career Day
  • Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Class hand-outs, worksheets, and audiovisuals

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

In order to successfully complete the course a student must attend class.  Points are given for attendance, class participation and written assignments.  The final grade is based on the point accumulation.

A = 90% and above
B = 80% and above
C = 70% and above
D = 60% and above
F = below 60%

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.