Nurse Assistant Enrollment Requirements | Southwestern Illinois College

Enrollment Requirements

Students must complete the following to enroll in HRO 105:

If you haven’t yet, take the reading part of the placement test

The placement test assesses reading, writing and math skills. To take the Nurse Assistant course, the student needs to take the reading part of the placement test. Reading scores that are high enough to let a student enroll in ENG 92 (Intermediate Reading) are required to take the HRO 105 – Nurse Assistant course.

If reading scores aren’t high enough, students have to pass ENG 91 (Basic Reading) before they can take the HRO 105 – Nurse Assistant course.

See the Testing Center page for course placement testing locations and hours.


  • A picture ID is required to take the test.
  • Know your SWIC student ID number that you received after submitting the New Student Information Form.
  • If do not know your Student ID number, contact Enrollment Services at 618-235-2700, ext. 5526.
  • Look at the practice questions before taking the course placement test.
New Students

New SWIC students are encouraged to complete the New Student Orientation.

Background Check

Health Care Worker Background Check Act

Criminal background checks are required for all health care workers with direct patient contact. The mandatory orientation day of the Nurse Assistant course will be at the Belleville Campus for all course sections to collect required IDPH paperwork to the background check if not previously done. The Fingerprint Checks are conducted on the first day of the course schedule, and the IDPH approved course will begin once all fingerprints are completed. Please check the schedule closely so you do not miss a required meeting. Absence will result in dismissal.

Students must pass the background check in order to remain in the course, be eligible to take the certification exam and to become employed as a certified nurse assistant (CNA).

Students with disqualifying convictions will be dropped unless they have an Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) waiver.