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Lake Land College expands basic nursing program - Lake Land College, Mattoon Illinois


Lake Land College expands basic nursing program

For the spring 2013 semester, the Basic Nursing Assistant (BNA) Program at Lake Land College can accommodate more students than ever before. 

“We have added new instructors over the past year and our student capacity in the BNA Program has gone from 60 students in January 2012 to a capacity of 170 students for January 2013,” said Linda Kimball, coordinator of the program.  

The BNA Program trains students to become entry-level care givers.  Instruction of basic nursing skills is provided in the classroom, nursing laboratory and the clinical setting.  The program also includes medical terminology, communications skills, safety, infection control and patient/resident rights. After completion of the program, students can take the State of Illinois Competency Exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). As a CNA, graduates of the program can enter the workforce at an entry-level care giver position or continue with their medical field education.

The college offers both day and evening classes in Mattoon, Marshall and Effingham. The Effingham location has a new nursing lab with six beds for clinical instruction in the classroom.  

“We have found the demand for classes has grown as this course has become an entrance requirement for many healthcare careers,” said Kimball. “Many schools are now requiring their students to go through basic nursing programs prior to entrance into programs like nursing and x-ray technology. Some schools also give extra credit to those students who have completed a BNA program when they apply to healthcare programs such as nursing, radiology or physical therapy.”

 According to Kimball, students who have completed the BNA Program prior to going into nursing programs often feel more prepared and ready to tackle the accelerated coursework. 

Classes for the BNA Program are filling up, but it’s not too late to register. To review a list of spring classes for the BNA Program, visit: and select the ‘Spring 2013’ link. Classes for the spring semester begin Jan. 14 and the last day to register is Jan. 11. 

For more information about the BNA Program, contact Kimball at (217) 234-5568 



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