NM Basic Nursing Assistant Training Program
For NM Employees
A certified nursing assistant (CNA) is an allied health professional who has an important role within a healthcare team. CNAs are trained to perform essential patient care tasks delegated by licensed nursing staff.
The Northwestern Medicine (NM) Basic Nursing Assistant Training program is a 16-week program that provides 80 hours of didactic instruction and practice in a clinical lab setting combined with 40 hours of clinical experience in an acute healthcare setting on a Northwestern campus for current NM employees only. The curriculum is designed to include theoretical concepts and basic skills essential to the practice of health care workers who assist nurses in providing patient-centered care. This program meets the Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Health Regulations requirements.
Upon program completion, students will be eligible to take the Illinois Nurse Aide Competency certification exam to become a CNA with an opportunity to be hired into a CNA or patient care technician (PCT) role within Northwestern Medicine.