Health Care Assistant

17 semester hours

The Health Care Assistant certificate program is designed to prepare competent health care team members with the fundamental tools necessary to step into entry-level healthcare front office and medical task-related positions in which they can apply meaningful skills learned through a combination of classroom, skills lab and clinical experiences. As part of this program students will complete the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) curriculum and be eligible to sit for certification according to Illinois Department of Public Health rules and regulations.

Some classes may be offered online. 

Required Courses

NUA 100 Fundamentals of the Nursing Assistant 3.5
NUA 102 Basic Patient Care Skills 3.5
NUA 103 Nursing Assistant Practicum 1
NUA 118 Intro to Diagnostic Testing for HCA 1
NUA 120 Practicum for Health Care Asst 1
OFT 170 Intro to Medical Office 4
OFT 281 Medical Terminology 3
  Total Credits 17

Current CNAs may only need to take three courses to earn the HCA: 

Introduction to Diagnostic Testing for HCA

Introduction to Medical Office

Medical Terminology 

Course Descriptions

Course Schedule

JWCC HCA certificate
Gainful Employment: For more information about graduation rates, cost, the median debt of students who complete the program, and other information, please visit our Gainful Employment page.