Health Care Assistant

The Health Care Assistant certificate program prepares team members with the fundamental tools necessary for entry-level healthcare front office and medical task-related positions. Students gain competence through a combination of classroom, skills lab, and clinical experiences. As part of this program, students complete the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) curriculum and are eligible to sit for certification according to Illinois Department of Public Health rules and regulations. This is the first in a series of stack-able healthcare certificates.

Career Opportunities

  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant in
    clinics and rural healthcare settings
healthcare student doing book work
Suggested Degree Plan for Health Care Assistant Certificate
Do not use this degree plan as a substitute for an advisor. Always meet with an advisor to discuss your specific needs for completing the program before signing up for classes each semester.
NUA 101 Basic Nurse Assistant Details 6
This course provides theoretical and clinical foundation for skills needed to practice as a nursing assistant with introduction to nutrition, anatomy and physiology, and disease processes. Skills are included to prepare students to acquire and maintain employment. Course is required for the basic nursing assistant certificate.
Prerequisites: Admission to the CNA program; concurrent enrollment in NUA 103
NUA 103 Nursing Assistant Practicum Details 1
Introduces the student to the clinical setting with supervised practice of basic patient care. The focus is on application of principles of patient care skills and developing competencies in the long-term care setting. Course is required for the CNA certificate.
Prerequisites: Admission to the CNA program; concurrent enrollment in NUA 101
NUA 118 Introduction to Diagnostic Testing Details 1
An overview of phlebotomy and other specimen collection procedures. Reviews basic information about venipuncture and capillary puncture for the collection of blood specimens, urine, stool, wound, and sputum collection for diagnostic analysis as well as hands-on practice is included. An overview of the basic non-invasive 12 lead electrocardiographic (EKG) procedure. Exploration of anatomy, physiology, and electrical activity of the heart included. Classes will be conducted in the skills lab, offering both theoretical instruction and technical practice.
Prerequisites: NUA 101, NUA 103
NUA 120 Practicum for the Health Care Assistant Details 1
This practicum course provides the student with 60 hours of clinical/practical experience in an ambulatory facility. There will be guided, evaluated opportunities to perform the various clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills of the health care assistant. Students will be able to demonstrate the competencies learned in the classroom and skills lab in the practical setting. Incorporated into this course are regularly scheduled meetings to review what externs have learned, as well as discuss concerns and successes. This will give students an opportunity to learn from one another and strengthen their soft skills.
Prerequisites: NUA 101, NUA 103; Corequisite: NUA 118
OFT 170 Administrative Medical Office I Details 4
This course is designed to teach the concepts and procedures associated with entry-level medical office administrative positions. Students will learn basic medical terms, customer service techniques, Microsoft Office tasks, Electronic Health Record (EHR) system functionality and data privacy requirements.
Prerequisites: (none)
OFT 281 Medical Terminology Details 3
Teaches medical language of prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Students will learn to pronounce and spell medical terms and also learn how to combine prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms to describe a medical term. Course utilizes a body system approach focusing upon specific body systems and providing a brief overview of anatomy and physiology, pathology, word roots, related terms, and special procedures with emphasis on building a working medical vocabulary based on body systems.
Prerequisites: (none)

Gainful Employment: For more information about graduation rates, cost, the median debt of students who complete the program, and other information, please view our Gainful Employment information for the particular certificate of study.