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Advanced Bedside Care Technician (ABC) Certificate

Students have the opportunity to enhance their basic nursing assistant training through completion of an additional course. This certificate is designed as a next step for a nursing assistant who wants to increase knowledge in phlebotomy and cardiac dysrhythmias. The graduate will be eligible to test for certification as a Phlebotomy Technician and ECG Technician by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).

Graduates of the Morton Nursing Assistant Program are eligible to achieve an additional Advanced Bedside Care Technician certificate by completing NUR 106 Advanced Bedside Care Technician (or equivalent with consent of the Program Director).

Program Outcomes

  1. Provide safe, quality care under supervision of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse in a variety of settings.
  2. Perform essential nursing assistant clinical skills.
  3. Work together with members of the healthcare team, the patient and the patient’s family and friends.
  4. Follow ethical and moral behaviors and legal guidelines in the provision of patient or resident care.


Entry into the Nursing Assistant Program requires that students be at least 16 years of age, take the Morton College placement tests, and meet the minimum scores of 64 for English/Reading. All students must have a valid Social Security number. A high school diploma or General Educational Development certificate is not required.

Per Illinois State law (Healthcare Worker Background Check Act):

  • IDPH requires all nursing assistant students pass a criminal background check.
  • A computerized background check will be performed during the NUR 105 class.

A felony conviction will prohibit an individual from seeking employment in any health-care facility in the State of Illinois. Any inquiries regarding criminal convictions should be directed to: Illinois Department of Public Health, 535 W. Jefferson Street, Springfield, IL 62761, Telephone: (217) 782-2913, Website:

Additional Information


All students who pass the criminal background check will need to be fingerprinted by an IDPH-approved site within the first ten days of the NUR 105 class. Fingerprinting will be done onsite.

Health Requirements

  • Medical history/Physical exam (primary physician, nurse practitioner or other approved healthcare provider)
  • 10 Panel urine drug screen
  • Complete blood count (CBC) and Rapid Plasma Reagin (RPR) test
  • Quantiferon
  • Documentation of verified immunity to varicella, rubeola, rubella, measles, mumps through blood titers. (If titers do not prove immunity, student must receive appropriate vaccine)
  • Hepatitis B vaccine (series of three) or proof of positive titer
  • Influenza (flu) vaccine (required October through May)
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap)

Basic Life Support Certification (CPR)

All students will become certified with the American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support Certification for Healthcare Providers (CPR). This certification will be completed during class

Uniform and supplies

All students will be required to wear a Morton teal uniform scrub top, teal scrub top and scrub pants, white nursing shoes or white sneakers, name tag and watch with second hand for all clinical work. A stethoscope, gait belt and protective goggles are also required.

Clinical experience

Students are required to participate in several clinical experiences in order to translate theory and laboratory skills to an actual patient care environment. In NUR 105, there is one, 8 hour clinical experience per week for five weeks, at an off- site location. Students must provide their own transportation to the clinical site. Malpractice insurance (included in regular fees) and a criminal background check is required for entry into the clinical site.

IDPH Nurse Aide Competency Examination

The fee for taking the examination for nursing assistant certification is $65.00 payable by credit card. This fee is due the last week of the NUR 105 course.

National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) Certification Examinations

The fee for taking both examinations for Phlebotomy Technician and ECG Technician is $180. The fee is due the last week of the NUR 106 course.

First Semester

NUR 105Basic Nursing Assistant Training


Total Credit Hours:7

Second Semester

NUR 106Advanced Bedside Care Technician


Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 10

*All nursing courses should be completed with a “C” or better to sit for State exam.