Program Length


This program includes 30 hours of classroom time and 12 hours of clinical experience for a program of 42 hours. Day or evening classes may be available. Most classes are 6 weeks long; however, some programs may be 7-8 weeks in length. Please call us for our scheduled class offerings.




To be accepted for enrollment, and applicant must be at least 16 years old at the time of enrollment and must be in good health to attend all classes. Handicapped students may be accepted for enrollment providing the disability does not jeopardize their safety or their employability. According to Federal and State Regulations, applicants for this course are not required to have a high school diploma or GED certificate. All applicants are required to be an Illinois State Certified Nursing Assistant or eligible to take the state exam. In all cases, the Program Coordinator will make the final decision.



This course combines study as an "Occupational Rehabilitation Aide" with the "Physical Rehabilitation Aide". The student who graduates the course will receive certification in both areas upon successful completion of the course.


The program is designed for those seeking employment for the position of a Restorative Nursing Assistant. The objective of the program is to instruct the student to meet the required skills to perform simple therapy/nursing procedures contributing to the care and rehabilitation of the sick or injured and others requiring therapy services.


The student will complete the required number of clinical experience hours at a long-term care facility or hospital with a licensed therapist instructor. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be awarded a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION in the RNA Training program. This program meets Medicare and Medicaid guidelines for the CNA or Developmental Disability Aide working with Restorative Nursing programs.


Course Objectives


At the completion of the program, the participant will demonstrate skills and possess knowledge relating to:

  • Define "Restorative Nursing"?

  • Find out how the restorative nursing team works together with the Therapy Professionals.

  • Legal limitations of the role of C.N.A. and the restorative nursing programs. 

  • Resident Rights and Legal Responsibilities.

  • Medical terms & medical abbreviations use.

  • Reading the MDS & therapy treatment plan.

  • Review of anatomy & physiology.

  • Overview of major neuromuscular disorders, and major musculoskeletal disorders.

  • Handling Residents with problems of sensory perception and perception difficulty.

  • How to handle persons with fractures and amputations … care of casts.

  • Orthopedic hip and knee surgery.

  • Impact of cardiopulmonary conditions and dementia on therapy programs. 

  • Restorative Programs methods & practice.

  • Bed mobility and positioning devices.

  • Passive range of motion.

  • Active range of motion.

  • Active transfer and devices.

  • Wheelchair mobility and positioning devices.

  • Ambulation/walking with assistive devices.

  • Splint/brace assistance.

  • Prosthesis care.

  • Eating program and adaptive equipment.

  • ADL programs and adaptive equipment (dressing, grooming, bathing).

  • Scheduled toileting.

  • Communication and devices for impaired.

  • Assisting the Restorative Nurse and therapists with the MDS assessment.

  • Reading the care plan and applying "approaches".

  • Charting… daily records, weekly reports, monthly notes.

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