• Certified Nurse's Assistant Program

    Are you interested in a career in the medical field?  With Leyden's NEW 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.


    How it Works

    • Monday: Released period 10
    • Tuesday: Class 2:30-4:15
    • Wednesday: Class 2:30-4:15
    • Thursday: Class 2:30-4:15
    • Friday: Released period 10
    • 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

    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 required prior to enrollment

    Students that successfully complete the course and pass the state exam will be waived of all fees.  Students who fail the course will be subject to a $1,250.00 course and book fee.



    CNA Info Packet - Spring 2020 

    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