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Illinois CNA Training

Medical technology is advancing at a rapid pace, and health care professionals are needed to help people understand new treatment methods and put preventative care practices into use. Certified nursing assistants are health care professionals that provide support and assistance to doctors and nurses as they go about their daily responsibilities. For anyone who has ever thought about becoming a nursing assistant, now might be the perfect time to consider enrolling in Illinois CNA classes.

It's easy to see that while deciding to go back to school is one of the most important foundations a person can lay for beginning a career, he or she must also make good decisions about the direction in which they choose to focus their education. Enrolling in Illinois CNA classes gives an individual the chance to develop a skill set that is in high demand in today's workforce. Additionally, CNAs received a lot of satisfaction from the face that there are thousands of people that will benefit from their help at work.

Becoming a CNA in Illinois

To become a CNA in the state of Illinois, an individual must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • The applicant must have completed an CNA training program approved by the state of Illinois and passed a written competency test.
  • The applicant must have completed a nursing arts course. If the individual is a current Illinois LPN or RN with an active license, he or she can work as a CNA in Illinois without being on the CNA registry. If his or her license is inactive, the individual cannot work as a CNA until the registry shows that he or she has completed the necessary training requirements.

Likewise, an LPN or RN with an active license from another state must also wait until the registry shows that he or she has completed the necessary training requirements before working as a CNA in Illinois.

Nursing students who have not yet completed their LPN or RN training may work as CNAs while continuing their education as long as they can prove in writing that he or she has completed the fundamentals of nursing with 40 hours of supervised clinical experience in an accredited nurse training program and pass a written competency test.

A applicant can also become a CNA, having completed a U.S. military training program that includes a nurse aide training program. An individual in this situation would need to provide a copy of his or her diploma or certificate proving they have at least 40 hours of clinical experience and proof of employment authorization. Additionally, he or she would then have to pass a written competency exam.

An applicant who has completed a nursing program outside the United States which is the equivalent to LPN or RN but who is not yet licensed cannot work as a CNA in Illinois until the registry shows that they met all of the necessary requirements. These requirements include providing an a English-language copy of his or her diploma (or any proof of completion of the course), an English-language version of his or her transcripts, a copy of his or her social security card, and proof of employment authorization. Then, the individual must pass a written competency test.

Licensure by Reciprocity

If the applicant is currently listed as "active" on another state's CNA registry, the individual may work as a CNA in Illinois if he or she provides proof that they are currently registered as a CNA in another state, have no administrative findings of any wrongdoing (such as abuse, neglect, etc.), and have no disqualifying convictions against them in their home state's registry.

An individual listed in the CNA registry who has gone at least 24 months without being paid for nursing or nursing-related services will lose his or her certification and can no longer work as a CNA in Illinois. To become recertified, an individual must pass the required manual skills and competency exams.

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On-Campus & Online CNA Schools

Other IL Schools with CNA Programs

Kishwaukee Education Consortium
21255 Malta Road
Malta, Illinois 60150
Lake County High Schools Tech Campus
19525 West Washington Street
Grayslake, Illinois 60030
Lake Land College
5001 Lake Land Blvd.
Mattoon, Illinois 61938
Lake Land College
224 South Sixth Street
Marshall, Illinois 62441
Lake Land College - Kluthe Center
1204 Network Centre Blvd.
Effingham, Illinois 62401
Larkin High School
1475 Larkin Ave
Elgin, Illinois 60120
Larlin Medical Staffing and Training Center
6912 Main St, Suite 110-B
Downer's Grove, Illinois 60516
LaSalle-Peru Area Career Center
200 Ninth Street
Peru, Illinois 61354
Lawrenceville High School
8th and Charles Street
Lawrenceville, Illinois 62439
Lawrenceville Vo-Tech Center
1513 13th St.
Lawrenceville, Illinois 62349
Lena Living Center
1010 S Logan
Lena, Illinois 61048
Lewis & Clark Community College
5800 Godfrey Road
Godfrey, Illinois 62035
Lewis & Clark Community College
1136 E Airline Drive
East Alton, Illinois 62024
Lewis and Clark Community College
400 South Station Road
Glen Carbon, Illinois 62034
Lewis and Clark Community College
400 Maple Summit Road
Jerseyville, Illinois 62052
Lifetime of Caring Training Center
352 Washington St.
Prophetstown, Illinois 61277
Lincoln Land College
32 N Central Park Plz
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
Lincoln Land College
800 South Spresser Street
Taylorville, Illinois 62568
Lincoln Land Community College
1220 E. Tremont Street
Hillsboro, Illinois 62049
Lincoln Land Community College
#1 Lincoln Land Drive
Litchfield, Illinois 62056
Lincoln Land Community College
109 White Pine Lane
Beardstown, Illinois 62618
Lincoln Land Community College
5250 Shepherd Road
Springfield, Illinois 62794
Lincoln Trail College
11220 State Highway 1, Prof Annex Bldg, Rm 414
Robinson, Illinois 62454
Lincolnland Technical Education Center
1000 Primm Road
Lincoln, Illinois 62656
Livingston Area Vocational Center
1100 East Indiana Avenue
Pontiac, Illinois 61764
Marengo Community High School
110 Franks Road
Marengo, Illinois 60152
Marion High School
1501 South Carbon Street
Marion, Illinois 62959
Marklund Home
15450 Wyatt Drive
Geneva, Illinois 60134
Massac County High School
841 Old Marion Rd.
Metropolis, Illinois 62960
Mattoon Area Adult Education Center
1617 Lake Land Blvd.
Mattoon, Illinois 61938


Illinois CNA Resources on

Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph, Suite 9-300
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 814-2715
Fax: (312) 814-3145

Illinois Nurses Association