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Nurse Aide Certification

The Nurse Aide Course is designed to guide you in learning the skills required for certification as a nurse aide. The course will give you the skills needed to do your duties as a (NA) nurse aide and prepare you for the state certification exam. The lessons will help you better understand your residents, and in turn help you to understand your role in relation to these residents.

Be sure to review the current Nurse Aid Packet as it includes additional information and specifics for the program.

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Enrollment & Registration

  1. Obtain Nurse Aide Packet and review it entirely for eligibility requirements. The packet information is available here, or physical copies are available from the Nursing & Allied Health Office.
  2. New students will need to complete a Glen Oaks Admissions Application.
  3. Complete the ICHAT Background Check. Instructions can be found in the Nurse Aide course packet. (pg.7) or in the Criminal Background Checks area below.
  4. Complete the online Criminal Check Consent Form and attach a copy of a Photo Identification with Signature (such as a driver’s license, passport, or Michigan ID card). This identification must be current (non-expired) and must have a photograph and a signature. The Criminal Check Consent Form can be found in the Nurse Aide course packet (pg. 9) and online. Students must have a social security number to take the state certification test
  5. Bring ICHAT report, completed Criminal Check Consent Form (or submit online), and copy of your driver’s license/state photo ID to the Nursing & Allied Health Department.
  6. Register for the ALH 104 Nurse Aide course in Student Services.
  7. Payment is due upon registration.
  8. Complete a TB Skin Test. Check at IMED in Three Rivers or another walk in clinic (this takes at least 3 days to complete since the test has to be administered and then read after 48 hours).
  9. Bring TB test results to the Allied Health Office no later than 1 week prior to the start of class.
  10. Attend class and purchase necessary uniform, name badge, and other required items.

NOTE: Copies of IChat, Background Check Report, Criminal Check Consent Form, Driver’s License/State Photo ID, and TB Test Results MUST be on file with the Nursing & Allied Health Department by start of first class or student will be dropped from class.

Criminal Background Checks

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students with criminal convictions should consider another profession

Criminal background checks are mandatory for all nursing, nurse aide and allied health students at the student’s own expense.

All information gained will be held in strictest confidence.

Students with felonies or certain misdemeanor convictions will NOT be admitted as outlined below.

Students entering a nursing, nurse aide or allied health program must give permission to do a criminal activity check to comply with Michigan Compiled Laws, Section 333.20173. No student will be admitted to the program if convicted of a felony, or attempt/conspiracy to commit a felony within 15 years preceding the date of admission; or a misdemeanor conviction involving abuse, neglect, assault, battery, criminal sexual conduct, fraud, theft (or similar misdemeanor in state or federal law) against a vulnerable adult within 10 years of conviction.

Additionally, ANY criminal convictions may prevent admission to nursing/allied health or nurse aide program/course. Applicants should know that criminal activity of any sort may prevent:

  1. Clinical placements in the program (making success in the program impossible).
  2. The ability to be licensed as a nurse or other healthcare worker.
  3. Employment in the field of nursing, nurse aide care or allied health professions. Employers do not have to hire anyone with a criminal background and some employers are refusing to hire those who have past criminal activity.

Criminal activity associated with substance abuse is particularly damaging to the candidacy of an applicant.


Currently the Michigan State Board of Nursing investigates candidates eligible to sit for nursing/allied health or nurse aide licensure for the following issues:

  1. Felony conviction
  2. Misdemeanor conviction punishable by imprisonment for a maximum of 2 years
  3. Treatment for substance abuse in the past 2 years
  4. Malpractice settlements. Awards or judgments in the past 5 years
  5. Having federal or state health professional license or registration revoked, suspended, or otherwise disciplined; been denied a license; or currently with disciplinary action pending against the applicant
  6. Having been fired, censured, or requested to withdraw from a health care agency staff or have your staff privileges involuntarily modified
  7. Filed or written a licensing application in another US jurisdiction
  8. Filed a license application in Michigan
  9. Hold another license in another state

A determination is made by the state at that point whether or not the candidate may be licensed. No one at GOCC can make the decision about eligibility for licensing. We can only confer a certificate or degree, not a state license to practice nursing or any other healthcare occupation. Questions or concerns about licensing should be directed to MSBON at or to the state agency regulating other healthcare occupations.

Due to recent enactment of a new Michigan law, many health care employers are routinely not hiring anyone with criminal backgrounds, regardless of licensure status. Also, all health care agencies routinely drug screen applicants for jobs and employees randomly to maintain patient safety and to curtail the employer’s liability.

As a health careers student at Glen Oaks Community College, it is the policy of the Institution to secure criminal conviction history from the State of Michigan through the ICHAT Background screen. Please provide your consent via our online Criminal Record Check Consent Form, or a copy can physically be turned in to the Nursing & Allied Health office with all other required documentation.