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

Nursing Assistant Tuition and Fees*

Tuition for the Nursing Assistant program is $1,500
Fees billable through your student account for the program total $80 and include:
$50 Technology Fee
$30 Parking Fee

Miscellaneous costs include:

  • $25 application fee (paid to the College prior to admission to the NA Program)
  • $55 Fingerprinting-Background Check Fee (paid at Orientation, which is held the Thursday before the start of classes)
  • $35 CastleBranch Fee (paid directly to CastleBranch when setting up the online portal to upload required health records)
  • $65 Certification Test Fee (Paid to State of Illinois Nurse Aide Exam provider)
  • $60 Methodist College scrubs
  • Less than $25 for other supplies (This would include note taking supplies. Textbooks are checked out from the Methodist College library.)
  • $10 medical malpractice insurance

*Subject to change without notice.

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

Spring 2020 Nursing Assistant Program Flier with Schedule 


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 a Methodist College Recruitment Coordinator at admissions@methodistcol.edu or (309) 672-5513 for additional information on admission requirements. 


CNA Recertification

CNA Recertification is for individuals who have previously practiced as a CNA in the state of Illinois, but have not provided nursing or nursing related services for pay in 24 consecutive months, which results in the loss of certification. To become recertified, individuals must complete three steps:

  • Contact the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to determine eligibility  - (217)785- 5133
  • Pass the manual skills performance test with an approved evaluator.  Methodist College is an approved evaluator.  Cost is $225.
  • Sit for the State CNA Exam.

For more information on Methodist College's CNA Recertification, please contact Mrs. Karen Hill at khill@methodistcol.edu.


CNA Test Prep

Methodist College offers a CNA Test Prep course to give you the edge you need to be successful with the Nurse Assistant state certification exam. Our certified instructor will use the results of the first practice test to customize the instruction in class. Two practice tests (before and after instruction) will make you feel more at ease when you sit for the exam!

No upcoming courses scheduled. Please return here periodically for an updated schedule.

Ready to sit for the state exam? Methodist College is an approved provider of the Illinois Nurse Aide Test. Please visit the Testing Center page for upcoming exam dates.