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CNA Programs in Illinois

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.

Additional Requirements:

Illinois CNA Resources on NurseGroups.com

On-Campus & Online CNA Schools

Technology Center of DuPage

  • 301 S. Swift Road
    Addison, IL 60101
    Programs: CNA

Five Co Reg Adult Educ Program-Union Co. Hosp.

  • 517 N. Main Street
    Anna, IL 62906
    Programs: CNA

Five County Regional Voc. Systems/Anna High School

  • 608 S. Main Street
    Anna, IL 62906
    Programs: CNA

Shawnee Community College, Anna Extension

  • 1150 E. Vienna St.
    Anna, IL 62992
    Programs: CNA

Waubonsee Community College

  • 2060 Ogden Ave.
    Aurora, IL 60504
    Programs: CNA

Waubonsee Community College

  • 5 East Galena Boulevard
    Aurora, IL 60506
    Programs: CNA

A Plus Healthcare Training

  • 366 S. Main St.
    Bartlett, IL 60103
    Programs: CNA

Bartlett High School

  • 701 Schick Road
    Bartlett, IL 60103
    Programs: CNA

Beardstown Senior High School

  • 500 East 15th Street
    Beardstown, IL 62618
    Programs: CNA

Lincoln Land Community College

  • 109 White Pine Lane
    Beardstown, IL 62618
    Programs: CNA

Bits and Bytes Training Institute

Benton Consolidated High School

  • 511 E Main
    Benton, IL 62812
    Programs: CNA

West Central High School

Bloomington Career Center

  • 1202 East Locust Street
    Bloomington, IL 61701
    Programs: CNA

Heritage Manor

  • 700 E. Walnut Street
    Bloomington, IL 61701
    Programs: CNA

Medical Academy of Business Tech, Inc.

  • 13005 Western Avenue
    Blue Island, IL 60406
    Programs: CNA

Spectrum Nurses Training

  • 481 West Boughton Road, #400
    Bolingbrook, IL 60440
    Programs: CNA

Kankakee Area Career Center

Central Community High School #71

  • 7740 Old US 50
    Breese, IL 62230
    Programs: CNA

The British Home

Five County Regional Adult Education

  • 1615 Commercial Avenue
    Cairo, IL 62914
    Programs: CNA

CJ Woods Foundation of Hope

Health Care Training Institute

  • 764 East Chestnut Street
    Canton, IL 61520
    Programs: CNA

Spoon River College

  • 23235 N. County Highway 22
    Canton, IL 61520
    Programs: ADN, CNA, LPN, RN

Southeastern Illinois College- White County Center

  • 1700 College Ave
    Carmi, IL 62821
    Programs: CNA

Achievers Healthcare Training Center, Inc

John A Logan College

Carl Sandburg College-Branch Campus

  • 305 Sandburg Rd.
    Carthage, IL 62321
    Programs: CNA

Eastern Illinois Education For Employment

  • 306 E Edgar
    Casey, IL 62420
    Programs: CNA

Centralia High School

  • 2100 East Calument
    Centralia, IL 62801
    Programs: CNA

Kaskaskia College

Parkland College

Omega Healthcare Technical School

  • 66 West Oak Street
    Chicago, IL 60610
    Programs: CNA, LPN

Vintage Training Institute – Tinley Park

  • 5500 South Damen Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60636
    Programs: CNA

Excelsior Healthcare Academy

Prairie State College

IL Central College – Heritage Manor

  • 1028 Hillcrest Drive
    Chillicothe, IL 61523
    Programs: CNA

Christopher High School

Collinsville Area Voc. Center

Belken Academy

J’renee Career Facilitation Inc.

McHenry County College

Danville Area Community College

Heartland Technical Academy

  • One College Park
    Decatur, IL 62521
    Programs: CNA

Richland Community College

Health Career Institute

  • 1974 Miner St, 2nd Floor
    Des Plaines, IL 60016
    Programs: CNA

JETHRO Healthcare School and Placement Svcs.

  • 650 West Algonquin Road 2nd Floor
    Des Plaines, IL 60016
    Programs: CNA

Sauk Valley Community College

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