• Leyden Medical Careers CNA Independent Study


    Are you interested in a career in the medical field?  With Leyden's Medical Careers Independent Study Program you can become an Illinois Department of Public Health Certified Nurse's Assistant!  

    We are excited to provide you with this unique opportunity to earn an entry-level professional medical certification while in high school! The CNA credential is a building block of the medical field that will allow you to continue to grow as you gain experience.

    Designed to prepare nursing assistants to provide care in various health care settings under the direction of a registered nurse. The program includes development of fundamental nursing skills through lectures, laboratory activities and clinical experience. Students may also complete elective courses to gain knowledge and practical skills in ethical and legal responsibilities, medical terminology, venipuncture and electrocardiography.


    How it Works

    • Monday: No class
    • Tuesday: Class 2:30-4:15
    • Wednesday: Class 2:30-4:15
    • Thursday: Class 2:30-4:15
    • Friday: No class
    • Saturday: Clinical Site Visits as assigned (~40 hours over the semester)

    Classes meet at Triton College Building H, and students are dual-enrolled: earning credit at Leyden and Triton.

    The Details

    Medical Careers CNA Independent Study - TDE 310

    1 Semester or .5 a Credit

    Grades 11,12

    Prerequisites: Medical Careers, OR, AP Bio, OR Anatomy and Physiology

    Scores of 500 or better on SAT reading or 471 combined Reading and Writing score on the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Placement Exam

    Physical, TB, and Flu shot may be required

    An on-campus information session is required prior to enrollment

    Students that successfully complete the course with a "C" or better will be waived of all fees.  Students who fail the course will be subject to a $1,250.00 course and book fee.

    16-year-old Junior or Senior. Must have the ability to lift, move, and transfer patients. Students must have health insurance, meet all health requirements, pass a criminal background check, and have eligibility to work in the United States. All the above requirements will be reviewed in the mandatory attendance Information Session at the beginning of each semester.

    Fall 2022 Schedule

    August 23, 2022 – November 22, 2022

    On-Campus Lectures:              Tuesdays and Wednesdays          2:30 P.M. – 4:15 P.M.
    On-Campus Labs:                    Thursdays 8/25 thru 11/10             2:30 P.M. – 4:15 P.M.
    On-Campus Lectures / Labs:   Saturdays 8/27, 9/10, 9/17/, 9/24  9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P. M.
    Off-Campus Clinicals:              Saturdays 10/1 thru 11/19             7:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

    CNA Info Packet - Fall 2022

    CNA Medical Forms Checklist

    Dual Enrollment Registration Guide

    Dual Enrollment Verification Form 


    Still have questions?

    Director of Careers & Community Outreach
    Frank Holthouse
    (847) 451-3031