The Malcolm X CNA program, also known as their Basic Nursing Assistants (BNA) program, is a short-term program that trains students to become certified nursing assistants in the healthcare industry.
The Malcolm X CNA program introduces students to the discipline of nursing and the basic approaches to patient care. Students learn and practice the role of the CNA as an assistant to the licensed nurse and member of the healthcare team.
The program consists of two components: theory and clinical. The theory component covers topics such as infection control, basic nursing skills, body structure and function, and the job seeking process. The clinical component allows students to apply their skills in real-life settings under the supervision of an instructor.
The program requires 120 hours of instruction, which can be completed in 8 to 10 weeks. Classes are held 3-4 days per week for 5.5 hours each day, plus a minimum of 40 clinical hours by program end. Classes are offered in the morning or evening sessions, at both the main campus in Chicago and the West Side Learning Center.
The program costs $990, which includes tuition, registration fee, books, supplies, uniform, and state exam fee. Additional costs may include physical examination, healthcare worker background check, CPR class, and transportation to clinical sites. At $990, this is one of the least expensive CNA program in Chicago. Financial aid is available for eligible students.
The program prepares students for the Illinois State Certification Exam for Certified Nursing Aide, which consists of a written test and a skills test. Students must pass both parts to become recognized as a CNA in Illinois and work in various healthcare settings, such as nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies, and hospices.
The program has a high success rate and a strong reputation in the healthcare industry. Many graduates of the program have found employment in their desired field. The program also provides career services and support to help students find and secure jobs after graduation.
To enroll in the CNA program, students must meet the following requirements:
- Eligible for English 96 and Reading 125
- Eligible for Math 98 or higher
- Submit completed medical examination documentation
- Submit official/sealed college transcripts to Malcolm X College Registrar’s Office
- Attend a virtual mandatory information session
- Download the completed BNA medical examination form and all other documents to Castle Branch
- Receive academic clearance and background check clearance
- Self-enroll in the program
For more information about the program, you can visit their website, call them at (312) 850-7440. You can also attend their informational sessions every Monday (except holidays and when the campus is closed) via Zoom from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. or room: 5012, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
|Cost||$990 (includes tuition, registration fee, books, supplies, uniform, and state exam fee)|
|Program Duration||120 hours (8-10 weeks)|
|Class Schedules||Morning or evening sessions, 3-4 days per week for 5.5 hours each day|
|Prerequisites||Eligible for English 96 and Reading 125, Eligible for Math 98 or higher, Submit completed medical examination documentation, Submit official/sealed college transcripts to Malcolm X College Registrar’s Office|
|Certification Exam||Illinois State Certification Exam for Certified Nursing Aide (written and skills test)|
|Location||Main campus in Chicago or West Side Learning Center|
|Job Placement Assistance?||Yes, the program provides career services and support to help students find and secure jobs after graduation|
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