Free CNA Training in Illinois

You might be considering a career as a certified nursing assistant if you want to provide compassionate care for patients in an entry-level nursing related career in Illinois.  You will need to find a good quality training program that has been approved by the state and pass the certification exam in order to become a CNA.  Nursing assistants usually earn between $24,000 and $31,000 per year as nursing assistants. See free training opportunities below:

There is an increasing demand for healthcare workers in the US.  The state of Illinois is no exception.  They have a big need for healthcare providers including CNAs.  If you are currently unemployed, you should contact your unemployment office.  If you are a motivated individual with the potential to do well in the healthcare industry, you might qualify to receive assistance to receive free cna training.

Nursing assistant training is offered at many different colleges and universities throughout Illinois. In some cases these programs are eligible for state or local grants and scholarships.  This is certainly something to consider when looking into programs offered at the higher education level.  If you receive a large enough grant or scholarship, your training will be taken care of.

Enroll in a CNA training program through a nursing care facility.  These programs are often free to individuals who agree to work for the facility upon receipt of certification.  There are some healthcare providers who will even offer you some level of employment while you complete your training.  You can receive free cna training while still also earning an income.

Nursing assistant training programs can cost a few hundred dollars and last for only a few weeks.  There are times when you will be able to access assistance to pay for your training if you would otherwise not be able to afford training.  This is especially true if you will be able to improve your life if you train for a new career.

The CCC CNA Scholarship
The scholarship was set up to help people interested in a high demand career get the necessary training without having to pay the fees associated with it. It favors those who have a desire to work with patients on a day to day basis and provide caring and compassionate care. As part of the scholarship you will receive up to $1000 in tuition fees payable to any state accepted program where you’ve already gotten admission. You might have to be eligible for the WIA as well. To get more info visit: http://www.ccc.edu/student/ScholarshipApplications.asp

TTI Medical Training (Help with Government Grant as well as Payment Plan Assistance)
Located in Chicago. They provide assistance in applying for federal grants that might pay for your training at their school. Specifically, they help with the Workforce Investment act application. If you’re from a low income household or are part of the foster home system you might be eligible for the WIA. Approval into the WIA usually takes three to four months and requires dedication and commitment. TTI holds WIA orientations throughout the year that help familiarize you with the process. Get in touch with them on the following address:
6615 W. Irving Park # 216
Chicago, IL 60634
Ph. 773-774-2222

A Plus Healthcare Training (WIA Approved Training Provider)
Similar to the listing above, they are another WIA approved provider. Depending on your location they may be nearer to you that TTI. Get in touch with them on the following address: 366 S. Main Street, Bartlett, IL. 60103  Phone#:(630)372-2442

Become a Caregiver
Inspired Elder Care in Oswego, Illinois is offering dedicated and passionate people the chance to become caregivers. Caregivers are not supposed to be certified but they do similar work as a CNA in helping improve the lives of residents in nursing facilities. The company does not reuire you to be qualified for this position. They do however claim to offer on the job training(not necessarily CNA training) so this might be good for someone looking for a CNA like job. More info at: http://goo.gl/XEEVO

Nursing homes in Illinois that might give CNA training for free

Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly.  Some might not even provide CNA training at the moment. This is a listing of the most popular homes in Illinois. Your best bet is to contact those with active vacancies. 

Cahokia Nursing & Rehab Center – 2 Annable Court   Cahokia, Illinois 62206
Phone: (618) 332-0114

Calhoun Skilled Care – #1 Myrtle Lane   Hardin, Illinois 62047
Phone: (618) 576-2278

Camelot Terrace – 516 West Frech Street   Streator, Illinois 61364
Phone: (815) 672-9390

Capitol Care Center – 555 West Carpenter   Springfield, Illinois 62702
Phone: (217) 525-1880

Carbondale Nsg & Rehab Center – 500 South Lewis Lane   Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Phone: (618) 529-5355

Integrated Health Serv-Brentwood – 5400 West 87th Street   Burbank, Illinois 60459
Phone: (708) 423-1200

Miller Health Care Center – 1601 Butterfield Trail   Kankakee, Illinois 60901
Phone: (815) 936-6500

Modern Care Convalescent & N H – 1500 West Walnut   Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
Phone: (217) 245-4183

Momence Meadows Nursing Center – 500 South Walnut   Momence, Illinois 60954
Phone: (815) 472-2423

Monmouth Nursing Home – 117 South I Street   Monmouth, Illinois 61462
Phone: (309) 734-3811

Monroe County Nursing Home – 500 Illinois Avenue   Waterloo, Illinois 62298
Phone: (618) 939-3488

St Anthony’s Memorial Hospital – 503 North Maple Street   Effingham, Illinois 62401
Phone: (217) 342-2121

St Benedict Nursing & Rehab – 6930 West Touhy Avenue   Niles, Illinois 60714
Phone: (847) 647-0003

St Clara’s Manor – 200 Fifth Street   Lincoln, Illinois 62656
Phone: (217) 735-1507

William L Dawson Nursing Home – 3500 South Giles Avenue   Chicago, Illinois 60653
Phone: (312) 326-2000

Willow Creek Rehabilitation – 40 North 64th Street   Belleville, Illinois 62223
Phone: (618) 397-8400

Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion – 515 North Main   Sandwich, Illinois 60548
Phone: (815) 786-8426

Willow Wood Health Care Center – 430 Martin Road P O Box 579   Rock Falls, Illinois 61071
Phone: (815) 626-4575

Willows Health Center – 4054 Albright Lane   Rockford, Illinois 61103
Phone: (815) 654-2534

 

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20 Responses to Free CNA Training in Illinois

  1. jasmine August 11, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    Will they hire you in exchange for them training you?

    • Admin August 31, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

      Alot of them will if you commit to working for them for a specific number of months. Usually a year or so.

  2. Stacey September 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    Are there any other Nursing homes in the Belleville area that offer CNA training. I called the few that are on the list and none of them offer it.

    • Admin October 5, 2010 at 6:47 pm #

      Hi Stacey,
      they don’t offer training directly. These are nursing homes in the Illinois area. If they have a vacancy, there’s a high chance they will pay for your training to be certified.

  3. Sunshyne December 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm #

    Are there any programs near blue island il? When you call these nursing homes what do you ask them in order to inquire about becoming a Cna?

  4. Breezi August 15, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    Hi, I am VERY interested in becoming a CNA. but everywhere i go tell me that they dont hire UNLESS you have your CNA,…. plus i am a mother to a 8 month old and dont have the money to pay for the CNA course by myself. and none of the grants or loans i apply for will pay for the course. do you have any recomendations where to go? i live in the peoria Illinois area. thank you

    Breezi

    • Bill March 18, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

      If you have not already tried the Workforce Network, you need to do so. They are located in downtown Peoria at One Technology Plaza. It is an approved program which means they should pay for all of it and childcare as well if they currently have any funds left. If they don’t, try the Southside Office of Concern, and the Tri-County Urban League. After that if you still don’t hit one, I’d do as they recommend. Call Nursing home that list job openings in PeoriaHelpWanted.com or indeed.com, and see if any of them will pay for your tuition if you agree to go to work with them for a specific period of time. Usually those kind of deals are 1 year deals. Keep in mind that new workers at nursing home around peoria metro, usually start 3rd shift, but 3rd shift also makes more money – up to $14.50 an hour at one facility. In 20 years, i’ve never had a hospital around Peoria take a CNA graduate from me (workforce office) but there were a couple of rural hospitals that did around Havana.

  5. tamika bivens September 6, 2011 at 2:51 am #

    does red cross offer free cna classes in chicago? i was a cna in the state of florida but moved to chicago and i did not transfer my registration therefore my certification became null and void, what do i have to do to reenstate my certification.

  6. Kristin Madsen August 15, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    Hi Everyone,

    I’m the CNA and Nurse recruiter at Wesley Willows Corporation in Rockford, Illinois. At my company, we do not provide CNA training directly on our campus. Local programs offering this training in the Rockford area are: Rock Valley College, Rockford Career College, and the public school district. Many of these programs will come onto our campus to conduct the clinical portion of their training, but you would need to be enrolled directly through one of these programs.

    We do provide tuition reimbursement and on-going training and educational opportunities for current staff members. Education is always worth-while in the healthcare field!

    Kristin Madsen
    HR Coordinator
    Wesley Willows Corporation- Rockford, IL

  7. Janelle White October 11, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    I am in carbondale IL and I am looking for somewhere close to take cna classes so I can work for a nursing home any info would help

    • Bill April 3, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

      Janelle the community college is right between carbondale and marion. They should offer CNA classes. If they don’t they’d be the first community college in the state that i know of that didn’t.

  8. Christine Willow February 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    Hello, I live in Chicago IL and have been interested in pursuing a career in healthcare for quite some time now. However during high school I was faced with many obstacles that ultimately enabled me from receiving my high school diploma. I’m very passionate and knowledgeable about healthcare already and desperately need certification to take it to the next level. I would love to be in a position where I could help others but unfortunately not having a high school diploma has hindered me and kept me at a stand still. Are there any CNA programs in Chicago IL that does not require a high school diploma or GED ? (Any information would be helpful )

    • Bill March 18, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

      Most community colleges in illinois or some other agency in the community offer free GED courses. I’ve had clients even study the ged books at the local library and then go down to the regional education office and take the test and pass. the constitution test is the hardest part for many. If you have a learning disability, then you need to go to one of the States Department of Rehabilitation offices (DORS) and they can either provide you with a tutor or job placement assistance if they don’t think you can ever pass the GED. they also pay for schooling for anyone with a disability, whether it be a physical or mental disability. Some individuals don’t have a learning disability they just got passed through classes all their lives. In that case there are some free reading programs in almost every large community in the state. Workforce Investment Offices or Public Aid offices or the community college should be able to direct you to the free reading classes if that is the problem.

      • Admin March 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

        Wow! Thank you Bill! This will help a lot of our readers.

  9. tina coates March 26, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    Hi my name is Tina I reside in matteson Il. i was wondering if there are hospitals nearby or nursing homes that will allow me to earn my CNA while working for them. I have always been in the caregiver field, but have not became state certified.

  10. JUSTA March 29, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    HELLO AS FOR MYSELF I WAS ALSO IN A RUT TRYING TOO DO SOMETHING WITH MY LIFE, I STUMBLED ACROSS THIS NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION CALLED CASA CENTRAL THEY ARE A hispanic based nursing home, day care for children and adults, and community classes like learning to speak english or computer classes for anyone who wants it, then they offered a cna course guess what for freeeee!!!! hell yea i was on it the class lasted for about 8 weeks small classes n guess what im graduating april 5th Wooohooo!!!! so yall dont give up there are programs that will help you the place is located on 1348 n california before north ave….hope this helps somebody!!!!like it helped me when i was looking…

    • Admin March 30, 2013 at 8:01 am #

      Thank you Justa

  11. Shirley April 1, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    Hi l am a UK trained nurse and, l was hoping to work as a CNA while l am studying for CGFNS/NCLEX. I am have not been successful because l dont have a CNA Certificate, looking for CNA jobs that offer training. l need to work asap out of money now bills are pilling up with no income…

  12. DAZEE May 25, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    Hello,

    I would like information on free training to become a cna. I have been a caregiver for the past 7 yrs and I know cna’ s make more money. I have do not have
    the money to pay for the cna training.

    Thank you,

  13. CINDY June 5, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    I AM DESPERATELY LOOKING FOR A PROGRAM HERE IN THE PEORIA AREA THAT OFFERS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IN BECOMING A CNA. YEARS A GO, I WAS CERTIFIED THROUGH OAK GLEN HOME, IN COAL VALLEY, ILLINOIS. I NOW LIVE IN PEORIA AND WISH TO GET RECERTIFIED. I ONLY WORK PART-TIME AND DO NOT HAVE $1250 WHICH MOST PLACES CHARGE. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN GET HELP? ICC COLLEGE SAID I WOULD NOT QUALIFY THERE, BECAUSE YOU MUST TAKE 24 CREDITS OR MORE TO GET FINANCIAL AID. PLEASE HELP AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. CINDY

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