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Basic Nursing Assistant Training Program

Rhonda Phillips, MSN, CNS, RN
Associate Dean of Nursing
Credit Certificate
​Students are introduced to the discipline of nursing and the basic approaches to patient care. The role of the CNA as an assistant to the licensed nurse and member of the healthcare team is studied and practiced in the classroom, simulation laboratory, and clinical setting. Upon successful completion of all components of the program, the graduate must pass the State's competency exam to become recognized as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in the State of Illinois.

Five program offerings are scheduled each year – two in the spring and fall, one during the summer. Students are responsible for completing the required theory and clinical hours. Theory class is held 3-4 days per week (M-Th) for 6.5 hours each day completed by a scheduled minimum of 40 clinical hours by program end, at an external clinical site. Classes are held at both our campuses, main -MXC, 1900 W Jackson and– West Side Learning Center, 4624 W Madison Street.
Class times
Morning sessions – 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Evening sessions – 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm

  • Cost
    Tuition - (plus costs for books, uniforms, physical examination, Healthcare Worker Background Check, CPR class, state exam)  
Admissions Requirements                         
  • Eligible for English 100 and Reading 125
  • Eligible for Math 98 or higher
  • Submit completed medical examination documentation
  • Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended outside City Colleges of Chicago
Admissions Steps                        

Step 1: New students should meet with Admissions to confirm that their application to the college is completed.
a.  Current students can meet with college advising to confirm all program prerequisites are met.

Step 2: Students are required to attend a Mandatory Information Session: Held every Monday (except holidays and when the campus is closed) at MXC room: TBA from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and every Thursday (except holidays and when the campus is closed) at MXC room:TBA from 4:00 p.m.-
p.m. 1900 West Jackson Chicago, IL 60612


Step 3: BNA Medical Examination Form/documents must be completed by a medical professional. The background check and drug screen should be completed. Information regarding both will be discussed at BNA Information Session.

Step 4:       Submit completed BNA Medical Examination Form/documents to the Nursing Department office, room 3100 prior to the BNA orientation. a. The documents will be processed and reviewed within 72 hours b. Students can submit any outstanding documentation at the BNA Orientation but it is recommended to submit before the orientation.

Step 5: Students will register for the BNA program at the BNA Orientation.

Enrollment is closed for the Fall semester.             



Faculty & Staff

Name/Title Phone Email Room
Rhonda Phillips, MSN, CNS, RN  (Assoc. Dean)      3534
Lorita Collins (BNA Coordinator) (312) 850-4639 2102 & 102 WSLC
Magaly Roldan (Clerical) (312) 850-7376 3100
Lorraine Cross MSc. (Program Support Specialist) (312) 850-7195​ 2401
Instructors Phone Email Room
Carolyn Alford 3100
Barbara Jordan 3100
Defrances Higgs 3100
Denise Hong 3100
Devoria Williams 3100
Eve-lyn Packer 3100
Felicia Newton 3100

Nancy Roddy 3100
Patricia Hines 3100
Shirley Butler 3100

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Contact Information

(312) 850-7195
1900 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612
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Monday - Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Jan 16
Jan 16
- Aug 16

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