Free CNA Training in Illinois

If you have an interest in becoming a certified nurse assistant but are unsure about how to pay for a program, consider the options offered in the state of Illinois. Nursing homes and other long-term residential health centers sometimes offer training programs at little or no cost with the possibility of employment upon successful completion of the program. There are over 78 facility based sites in Illinois that offer these training programs. The best way to locate these facilities is to inquire with hospitals, nursing homes and other residential care facilities in your community. Also consider contacting the Job Corps Center in Joliet, Chicago, and other cities across Illinois where nurse assistant programs are made available to those in need of employment assistance. Here is a list of WIA approved training programs in Illinois:

Chicago Care Training Center – 6600 N. Lincoln Avenue Suite 418 Lincolnwood IL, 60712 | (847)674-3368

Chicago Community Learning Center – 4753 North Broadway Suite 602 Chicago IL,60640 | (773)506-1503

International Skin Beauty Academy – 830 N Meacham Road Schaumburg IL,60173 | (847)602-8356

Joliet Junior College – 1215 Houbolt Road Joliet IL,60431 | (815)280-1303

Midwestern Career College – 20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 3800 Chicago IL,60606 | (312)236-9000

Omega Healthcare Technical School – 400 W. Higgins Road Park Ridge IL,0068 | (847)425-9089

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Scholarship Opportunities:

Rock Valley College-Nancy E. Anderson Scholarship - 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61114

If you are planning to enroll in the CNA program at Rock Valley Community College and are more than 30 years in age, you should apply for the Nancy E. Anderson scholarship program.  Receive an application and all specifications by contacting a financial aid officer.  This scholarship is intended to help individuals with financial need who are looking to train for a new career or to add to their current employment skills. A CNA program could be among those that would make you eligible to receive this fund for non-traditional students.

Carl Sandburg College – Datatel Returning Student Scholarship - Wilson Blvd. Galesburg, IL 61401

The scholarship is to help individuals who have not been in school for five years or more.  The program is to help individuals looking to return to school to receive further education.  This is something for which an individual could perhaps qualify if they are going to attend the Nursing Assistant Training Program at the college.  If you are interested, you can contact the financial aid office for information.  Applications can also processed online through the Financial Aid Page.

CNA Certification Information

Individuals seeking to become certified nursing assistants in the state of Illinois are required to meet all course requirements prior to sitting for the state certification exam. Before pursuing this area of study, there are requirements all potential students should consider.

In Illinois, all approved certified nursing assistant training programs must provide students with comprehensive instruction on the requirements to work in all types of licensed health care facilities including nursing homes, home health agencies, hospices, hospitals, and intermediate care facilities. As part of the certification process, all CNA’s will have to undergo a thorough background check including a criminal investigation and fingerprinting.

Training programs are a minimum of 120 hours in length and are comprised of classroom lecture, laboratory, and at minimum 40 hours of supervised clinical experience in an approved clinical setting.

A trained nurse aide candidate taking the exam for the first time must successfully pass both parts of the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination within one 2 years of successfully completing a training program in order to be placed on the Illinois Nurse Aide Registry.

If a candidate can not finish both parts of the exam within 3 attempts than they will have to take the training program again before they can retake the cna exam.

If an individual has a period of 24 consecutive months in which he/she has not provided any nursing-related services for pay (note: any work provided for community service does not count), then he/she will lose their certification. Recertification may be accomplished by passing the skills competency test and written exam.

Applicants who have completed a CNA program out of state must be registered on the out-of-state nurse aide registry. The certification must be in good standing and free from any findings of patient abuse or neglect. The verification must come directly from the out-of-state registry or certification program directly to the Illinois CNA Certification.

CNA Training in Illinois

Individuals can become a certified nursing assistant in the state of Illinois upon successful completion of state approved course work and certification exam at an approved testing site. Training programs will adequately prepare students to sit for this exam. All programs are 120 hours and range from 8 weeks to a full semester in length. The cost of these programs is between $700 and $1800, though some long-term care facilities offer free training programs. Scholarships and student loans are available at colleges and technical schools to those who are enrolled. In some locations that offer free training, students may qualify for compensation during the clinical portion of the program, possibly tied to a commitment to work in the same facility after certification. Below is a list of approved CNA programs in the state of Illinois:

McHenry County College - 2 Frontier Drive, Fairfield, Illinois 62837
the MCC nursing course is a 7 credit hour program with a total of 144 hours which includes both practical and theory lessons. 48 hours of this is assigned to practical hands-on experience. the cost of this program is $1,068 which includes all related supplies. for details call (815) 455-3700

Harper College - 1200 W. Algonquin Road Palatine, IL 60067
The Certified Nursing Assistant Program is six-credit hour program that includes theory, lab and clinical experiences. This program can be completed in one semester. The course is offered at convenient day, evening and weekend schedules to accommodate student schedules. Clinical times may vary depending on the course enrolled. Total estimated cost of the program is $615 plus additional fees for text books, immunizations, and other course related supplies. For more information on the program, contact the Program Coordinator at 847.925.6559

College of DuPage - 425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn, IL 60137  | (630) 942-2800
The Certified Nursing Assistant program at College of DuPage is a one course, six credit hours program. The course is offered in various lengths from eight to 16 weeks, however, all meet the combination of class, and laboratory and clinical hours required. The total required number of hours is 160. Students are expected to do work as well outside of the scheduled class, lab and clinical meeting times. . Total estimated cost of the program is $792 plus additional fees for text books, immunizations, and other course related supplies.

College of Lake County - 19351 West Washington Street, Grayslake, IL 60030-1198 | (847) 543-2043
The Nurses Assistant program at College of Lake County is a combination of classroom theory, campus laboratory skills practice, and clinicals, conducted at area Long Term Care Facilities. The 8 week classes meet 4 days a week, of which 2 days will be conducted in the clinical setting for 5 weeks. The weekend class meets every Friday and Saturday and clinicals are conducted on Saturdays for nine weeks. Classes are conducted at Grayslake, Lakeshore and Southlake campuses. Total estimated cost of the program is $1061 which includes text books, immunizations, and other course related supplies.

Harold Washington College - 30 East Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60601 | 312.553.5600
The Harold Washington College CNA program is a 1 semester certificate designed to educate the beginning nurse assistant in understanding and performing the tasks required to assist clients who are unable to perform their own care. This course utilizes classroom and laboratory sections to provide experience in the practice and perfection of technical skills. Supervised experience in a clinical setting provides students with the essentials needed to function effectively as a member of the health care team. The estimated cost of tuition is $968. Text book fees and all other fees are the responsibility of the student.

Triton College - 2000 Fifth Ave. River Grove, IL 60171 | (708) 456-0300
The Nurse Assistant Program at Triton College is a 7 credit, 165 hour training that provides opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills in the classroom and clinical setting. Upon successful completion of program, the student receives a certificate and becomes eligible to take the Illinois Nurse Aide Test which is required for certification by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The total estimated cost for the program is $1712 plus additional fees for course related materials.