Nursing Assistant Certificate

Nursing Assistants work directly with patients in a variety of health care environments.  Nursing Assistants help dress and feed patients, keep bed linens fresh, aid in turning, walking or moving a patient into a wheelchair, take vitals, feed and work closely with other personnel to observe, report and document changes in the patient.  Nursing Assistants are true care givers who work in health clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care settings and hospice organizations.   

The close interaction with patients is very rewarding because the care the Nursing Assistant provides is so vital to every patient.  Some Nursing Assistants use their experience to build their careers in health care by becoming medical assistants, nurses, lab technicians, therapists or a number of other positions in the field.  Being a Nursing Assistant develops practical knowledge, hands-on experience and access to the health care system.  

Nursing Assistants are in high-demand in the Peoria area and are considered Critical Professions by the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council.  Local employers are actively recruiting Nursing Assistants for positions in a variety of health care settings.  Some of these employers offer tuition reimbursement for Nursing Assistants who want to continue pursuing their education in other health related fields.  

Methodist College offers a flexible Nursing Assistant program to cater to students and working adults.  It is certified through the Illinois Department of Public Health.  

Advantage of Our Program

  • Learn in our state-of-the-art Simulation and Clinical Practice centers
  • On-campus program focused on healthcare and human services
  • Side by side with nursing students and other healthcare providers
  • Clinical experiences in long-term care facilities and hospital settings

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the Nursing Assistant program is approximately $1,500 (excluding books and fees) due prior to beginning the program.

Nursing Assistant Program Tuition Payment Plan

Nursing Assistant Tuition Payment Schedule and Reimbursement Schedule (PDF)

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED - no GPA requirements
  • Current High School Student - GPA of 2.5 or better
  • 8th grade reading level (as determined by a placement exam, SAT score, or earned college credits)
  • Criminal background check
  • Submission of immunization records

Nursing Assistant Application Checklist

Nursing Assistant Program Schedule

Spring 2019 Schedule

Nursing Assistant Program Flier with Schedule

Spring 2019 Nursing Assistant Program Flier with Schedule (PDF)


Information for Eligible Military Personnel

Some military personnel may be eligible to become a CNA via U.S. military training. Eligible personnel are those who have successfully completed a U.S. Military training program that includes the content of a nurse aide training program.

For more information on eligibility requirements and application information please visit the Illinois Nurse Aide Testing website.


For More Information

Please contact Kyle Bright, Director of Student Recruitment at admissions@methodistcol.edu or (309) 672-5513 for additional information on admission requirements.