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Hi all – today, we’re taking a tour of Illinois. Here’s the downlow on everything you need to know related to becoming a CNA.

CNA Certification Requirements in Illinois

In order to work at any facility as a CNA, an Illinois state approved certification needs to be obtained. In the state of Illinois, at least 120 hours of clinical and lecture training is required. Once completed there is a state exam that tests your ability to take care of a patient. When you become a Certified Nursing Assistant,  you’ll then be placed on the Health Care Worker registry. To get hired by many companies, you’ll need to be registered here.

Become a CNA in Illinois

Want to become an Illinois certified CNA? Here’s how:

  1. Enroll in a state certified school (you can search CNA school throughout Illinois via the CNA school directory)

  2. Complete the CNA training

  3. Take practice CNA exam (this step is optional and may be included within certain CNA courses)

  4. Register to take the state CNA exam

  5. Once you pass the exam, apply for desired  jobs to work as a certified nursing assistant!

Local CNA Training Classes

In order to attend CNA training in the state of Illinois, you’ll need to understand, read and speak English, and have at least eight years of education. Programs require for you to be at least 16 years old, able to pass a background check, have a medical exam, and have proof of immunization. An individual can work as a CNA while waiting for the state exam for up to 120 days. CNA training program costs can range from $200 and up.

If you are a current RN, LPN or have a CNA certification within a different state you are able to simply take the CNA exam without training.

Here are a few local CNA classes in Illinois:

CNA Classes in Chicago

PCCTI Chicago (312) 920-8822

Elim Outreach Center (708) 922-9547

CNA Classes in Park Ridge

Career Options Inc Park Ridge (847) 297-3900)

CNA Classes in Streamwood

Avid CNA School (630) 855-3977

CNA Classes in Hickory Hills
Tukiendorf Medical Training Institute (TTI)- Hickory Hills (773) 817-4515

CNA Classes in Maple Park

Fox Valley Career Center (630) 365-5113

Search all Illinois State Certified Nursing Training Programs

Search CNA Scholarships available in Illinois (free CNA training available)

IL CNA Testing

CNA training includes a written competency test. You can take this test after completion of CNA classes.  The Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIU-C), through a contract with the Illinois Department of Health, is the governing body for administering the written portion of the evaluation at several testing sites throughout the state.

The evaluation includes 200 areas validated by the state of Illinois,  grouped into six broad categories. The evaluation can cover any or all of these tasks including communication and information, basic nursing skills, personal care skills, residents’ rights, basic restorative skills and providing mental health and social service needs. SIU-C administers the exams and submits results to the registry. It’s policy to offer students up to three attempts to pass the CNA exam.

Certification Costs To Become a CNA

  • Applicants (First Time) – $65

  • Written retest – $35

  • Retest for recertification – $65

For questions related to scheduling and testing contact SIU-C using the following information:

Nurse Aide Testing
SIU in Carbondale
Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
Mail Code 4340
Carbondale, IL 62901-4340
Phone: (877)262-9259

Out-of-State CNAs

Out-of-state CNAs are allowed to apply for inclusion on the Healthcare Workers Registry if in good and active standing on another state registry. The Illinois Department of Health approves applications for reciprocity if:

  • Have documentation for state registration from another state (the document should indicate whether the certification meets the requirements outlined by the Code of Federal Regulations)

  • There should be no instances of abuse, neglect, or misappropriations of property in the applicant’s home state’s registry or any other CNA registry.

Full-time paid CNAs automatically retain their certification. CNAs, who fail to work within a two-year period of their registry listing, will lose their approved certification. The CNA can apply for recertification after completing a manual skills test and a written competency test.

CNA Nurse Registry

Illinois Department of Public Health
Health Care Worker Registry
525 W. Jefferson St., Fourth Floor
Springfield, IL 62761

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