Certified Nurse Assistant

Certified Nurse Assistant

CNA Information

CNA Application

Welcome to the DACC CNA information webpage! Department hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please keep in mind that there are days the college is closed. Outside of these hours, or when the college is closed, you can email nursing@dacc.edu for questions. Please be specific for the program that you are interested in as we have more than one. To reach the department by phone please call 217-443-8553. If you are calling outside of office hours please leave a voicemail and we will be sure to get back to you. Please allow 48 hours for a response to your inquiry.

This program is designed to prepare students to provide basic health care in hospitals and nursing homes. The program will provide training experience and educational opportunities that will benefit you and your community.

The class consists of two components:

  1. 99 hours of classroom theory
  2. 40 hours of clinical experience

100% attendance is required for state certification requirements

Successful completion of this course will allow you to test for certification by the Illinois Dept. of Public Health.

ADMISSION PROCEDURE: As of 1/1/22 – ALL Students are required to have COVID Vaccine

STEP 1: Each applicant must demonstrate an eighth-grade education level. This may be documented through the presentation of school transcripts or by passing the Health Occupations assessment at the pre-determined level. If you choose to take the admission’s exam, this test will be administered in the Testing Center here on campus or at the Hoopeston Higher Learning Center. Please call 217-443-8708 to schedule an appointment or an appointment may be made online through the DACC website. https://dacc.edu/depts/assess Tests are generally given on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am and at 1:00 pm. Can be flexible, if need be. If you wish to take the entrance exam at Hoopeston Higher Learning Center, please call 217-283-4171 to schedule an appointment.

  • Eighth grade reading level (score of 236 or higher)
  • Eighth grade Math level (score of 8 or higher)

STEP 2: If you have not already done so, apply to Danville Area Community College https://www.dacc.edu/ar/admissions

STEP 3: An application package must be completed with all supporting materials attached

STEP 4: Schedule appointment to do a live scan fingerprint check. The cost is approximately $50. https://flawlessbiometrics.com/schedule-fingerprinting/

Fingerprint checks must come back clear before starting program.

For your convenience, current Fingerprint Scanning will be completed on campus at the Mary Miller Complex. Dates for Spring 2024 courses are:

December 6, 2023 from 8:30AM to 10:00AM
December 13, 2023 from 8:30AM to 10:00AM
January 8, 2024 from 8:30AM to 10:00AM

All applications must be completed with required supporting materials or the applicatin is incomplete and thus will not be considered for a seat inthe program

STUDENT COSTS for 7 Credit Hour Certificate:

NURS 110 – Role of Nursing Assistant (5 credit hours)
NURS 111 – Basic Nursing Procedures (2 credit hours)

2-Step TB test @ Vermilion Co. Health Dept. or can be done at other medical locations $48.00 est. (cash/check or Illinois medical card)
10 panel Non DOT Drug Screen $32.40 - must be ordered through the Nursing Department
Course/Lab Fee $65.00 (Must be paid by 1st day of class)
Textbook $95.00 Est. DACC Bookstore
Tuition & Tech fees $1,225 ($175 per credit hour) Based on 7 credit hours in District
Fingerprint check $50.00
Illinois Nurse Aid Certification Exam $75.00

Additional Student Cost: Uniform, shoes (white), watch, Gait Belt
Uniform must be purchased from Polyclinic Medical Supply (PCMS) @ 622 N. Logan, Danville. All other supplies can be purchased at PCMS or from vendor of your choice.
Cost Varies

After successful course completion: Illinois Nurse Aide Certification Exam (INACE) – Computer-based exam $75 fee – payment made by credit or debit card. The Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Program is a measure of nurse aide related knowledge, skills and abilities. The purpose is to see if individuals are able to understand and safely perform the job of nurse aide. The test is taken upon successful completion of the program.


DACC/Prairie Hall/Room 107-108 Instructors Office - Prairie Hall/Room 112/113
DACC Higher Education Center Hoopeston 847 E. Orange Street in Hoopeston

For more information regarding the CNA Program you can email nursing@dacc.edu or call 217-443-8814 or 217-443-8553.

Other Important Information:

  1. Applicants must be at least 16 years old.
  2. 100% attendance is required for State certification.
  3. Students must achieve an 82% grade point average or higher in NURS 110 to move on to the clinical portion (NURS 111). Failure to meet the minimum GPA will result in dismissal fromthe program.
  4. The program is not eligible for Federal Title IV programs (Pell/Loans) or the Illinois MAP program.
  5. Additional cost for student pursuing 12 credit hour advanced Certificate.

Updated July 2022