CNA Training in Illinois

If you are interested in starting a career in the healthcare industry without spending a lot of time or money, you should consider a career as a nursing assistant.  CNAs provide basic nursing care services for patients in a variety of healthcare settings.  You must hold a certification as a nursing assistant (aide) in Illinois if you want to work in a home health care agency, intermediate care facilities and license/certified skilled nursing facilities.  In order to become a certified nursing assistant, you will need to take a nursing assistant training course and then to complete a nursing assistant competency exam. Find a school from the accredited list below.

The Health Care Worker Registry provides a listing of nursing assistants in Illinois.  This is much like the Nursing Aide Registry used in many other states.  The Department of Public Health is responsible for maintaining this registry in the state of Illinois.  Information on the registry is available over the telephone as well as online.  Before hiring someone to work as a CNA, a healthcare facility will verify their certification and details with the registry.  This ensures that only qualified individuals are hired to work as nursing assistants.  And that those individuals have not had any charges of abuse or neglect against patients.

Featured CNA Training Classes in Illinois

Chicago’s Pulse
3209-11 W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL 60655
Program Description:
The program at Chicago Pulse lasts for 124 hours with the number of hours divided between classroom(40), lab(40), clinicals(40) and CPR training(4). It meets the requirements set out by the IDPH and ISBF and focuses on preparing students for the Illinois Nurse aide certification exam. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to recognize your importance as a CNA in improving the life of people in the healthcare system.
To enroll in the class, you will need to have a TB clearance as well as a photo ID. You will also need to pass a physical and a criminal background check.
Tuition fees: $900(does not include books and scrubs, but includes the BLS for healthcare providers CPR class)
Next class: January 2 2012 (Morning and evening classes available)
How to enroll:
Call 773.445.2277

Bloomington Area Vocational Center
1202 East Locust, Bloomington, IL 61702
Bloomington Are Voc offers the CNA class under the title of “HEALTH OCCUPATIONS I”. The classroom sessions are held at Bloomington while the clinicals are conducted at a license offsite healthcare facility. It is necessary to attend the full duration of classes to meet the Illinois minimum number of hours of training requirements. If you successfully complete the CNA exam and pass the classes with an above B average you can enroll in the HEALTH OCCUPATIONS II class which enhances your skills as a nursing assistant and helps you take a more active role in patient care.

Illinois Valley Community College
815 North Orlando Smith Avenue Oglesby , IL 61348
Telephone:(815) 224-0442
They have a refresher program that costs $658. Only those who have not renewed their CNA license during the state specified period are eligible for this refresher course. You can not take this if you’ve not been certified before. It lasts for just 36 hours.

Capital Area Career Center Nursing Assistant Course – Springfield
2201 Toronto Rd., Springfield, Illinois 62712

Career Training Center of Chicago CNA Program
3525 West Peterson Ave., Chicago, IL 60659

Careertec CNA Training Program – Freeport
2037 West Galena Ave., Freeport, Illinois 61032

Carl Sandburg College Nurse Assistant Program – Galesburg
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., Galesburg, IL 61401

Grundy Area Vocational Center – Morris
1002 Union Street, Morris, Illinois 60450

Hardin County High School Nurse Assistant Program – Elizabethtown
RR 2, Elizabethtown, Illinois 62931

Harold Washington College CNA Training Course – Chicago
30 East Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Health Career Institute Nurse Assistant Program – Skokie
8001 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, Illinois 60077

Health Restoration Academy of Medical Arts – Oak Lawn
4243 West 95Th Street, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Healthcare Inservices Nurse Assistant Training – Lombard
450 East 22nd Street, Lombard, Illinois 60148

Jethro Healthcare School and Placement Services Nursing Aide program- Des Plaines
650 West Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60016

Jo Daviess Carroll Area Vocational Center – Elizabeth
950 US 20 West, Elizabeth, Illinois 61028

John A Logan College W. Frankfort Site Nurse Assistant Program
700 Logan College Rd., Carterville, IL 62918

John Marshall Metro High School Nurse Assistant Program – Chicago
3250 West Adams Street, Chicago, Illinois 60624

John Wood Community College CNA Classes – Pittsfield
1308 West Washington, Pittsfield, IL 62363

Rock Valley College CNA Training Class – Rockford
3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61114

Rockford Business College Nursing Aide Training
730 North Church St., Rockford, Illinois 61103

Rockford Public Schools
201 South Madison St, Rockford, IL 61104

26 Responses to CNA Training in Illinois

  1. lacresha matthews June 27, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    when will the next cna class start and how much does it cost? I just recently graduated from normal community high school

    • Admin July 3, 2010 at 10:53 pm #

      Lacresha, Every facility for CNA training in Illinois has different schedules. Your best bet would be to contact those centers near you to see thir schedules.

  2. Lynn August 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    We are offering practice test for CNA Board Examinees to boost their confidence. Just visit our website.

    Our class schedules are also in our website.


  3. Megan August 26, 2010 at 1:51 am #

    Can I be 17 and still become certified?

    • Admin August 31, 2010 at 10:52 pm #

      Yes you can!

  4. Megan September 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    Okay and do you know if there are classes that I can take this year at Evergreen Nursing Home in Normal IL?

  5. Lacey September 21, 2010 at 1:00 am #

    What number do i call to ask questions about becoming a CNA?

    • Admin September 21, 2010 at 10:29 am #

      Hi lacey,
      You can ask an Illinois related CNA question right here in the comment box and we’ll do our best to reply in a span of seven days or less.

      • New Mom October 2, 2010 at 6:54 am #

        I live in country club hill’s il, and i wanted too find out bout some schools that offer low cost or free CNA training in Chicago.

  6. LEENA October 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    I have completed my Bachelors of nursing from India, what are cthe requirements for me to become a CNA?

    • Admin October 21, 2010 at 10:30 pm #

      You’d need to contact the Illinois board of nursing to see if they’re giving credit for your degree. You can assess your options based on that.

  7. Kimberly February 25, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    I am wanting to find a Cna program around Southern illinois that i can take. Can you help? I live in Du Quoin, IL

  8. Fallon April 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    I would like to do my CNA training in summer of 2011 after my Junior year of high school.
    Is there training like this available for me in Central Illinois

  9. brittney May 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    i live in pekin il, is there a free cna training program located in pekin?

  10. Rachel May 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    What CNA programs are available in Bloomington/Normal area that are fairly quick?

  11. Melody August 15, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    I am certified in state of Florida. Need to become certified here as I have relocated to East Peoria. Need info on classes, exams and costs? Any info would be great!

  12. Lidia August 22, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    Hello my name is Lidia I was wondering to become a CNA do I have to take any other classes or do I just go to the CNA TRAINING, and receive my certificate? Around how long and how much does it take to become one? And which is the closest location to Waukegan, IL?

    • Admin October 18, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

      The CNA Training course lasts for a maximum of 160 hours. The costs range from $500 to $1500.

  13. Latanya September 12, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    I need to find a Refresher Course Program in the chicago area. But my CNA is for another state.
    thank you

    • Admin September 13, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

      1) If your license is from another state, you can transfer it to Illinois without retaking the training.
      2) If you’re taking the training in Illinois, you will have to do the exam in Illinois and then transfer your license to the state you wish to work in.

  14. twoods October 6, 2011 at 1:36 am #

    I got my certification for cna about 2 years ago but didn’t take the final test. Do I have to retake the whole course or are there any refresher courses in Illinois?

  15. joakima July 27, 2012 at 3:49 am #

    What are the requirements to take a can training class?

  16. Tisha January 8, 2013 at 12:15 am #

    I am a High school senior in Springfield, Il is there anywhere I can train at to get a CNA license, or do I have to wait until I am 18?

  17. Amanda February 25, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    Hi there, I am wondering if you can help. I live in Belleville, IL which is right next to St. Louis MO. I am having a hard time finding a program here in town that isn’t over priced and what I feel is going to under educate me. 10 weeks course 2 days a week at $1,600 is just not what I want. If I am dishing out that kind of money I want it to be worth it. I honestly don’t even want to spend close to that, because it’s not feasible and the “payment plans” are a joke. Half a registration and the other half the day you start class and if you don’t have the money whatever you put in is not refunded. I wouldn’t even mind traveling a little ways over the river. Can you please help? This is stressing me out so bad and the whole purpose of this was to help alleviate the stress my family and I have now.

  18. Brandee March 15, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    I live in Illinois and am wondering where I can take a can refresher course? I am close to Illinois valley community college, but they only offer once or twice a year and its hard to get into. Please help I need to do this asap

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