Nurse Aide Training Programs in Illinois

Are you ready to challenge the CNA state exam and become a certified nurse aide in Illinois? Nurse aide students are tested on specific topics which aim to test the knowledge and skills necessary to safely perform the tasks of a nurse aide in a long-term care facility or hospital environment. The Illinois nurse aide training curriculum includes almost two hundred and thirty (230) different tasks which are studied and practiced by nurse aide trainees in various CNA programs throughout the state. These tasks are categorized in six major duty areas, including: communication, basic nursing skills, personal care skills, basic restorative tasks, mental and social services, and client rights.

The Illinois nurse aide competency exam tests students on their knowledge of these major categories in both the written and skills portions of the test. To increase your chances of success on the Illinois CNA exam make sure you review class notes, go over topics which are complex or have been forgotten, and re-take quizzes, tests, and practice questions from your class or textbook. A study method which was found useful by several nurse aide students is practicing skills after watching a refresher video on a specific nurse aide topic. Videos are an available and helpful way to practice and perfect the skills you are not yet comfortable with. Nurse aide students who have used videos to prepare for the CNA exam felt more confident and performed better on the state certification test than students who have only used other study techniques.

United Township Area Career Center - East Moline
1275 Ave. of Cities, East Moline, IL 61244

Urbana Adult Education Center Nurse Aide Training Program
211 North Race St., Urbana, Illinois 61801

Wabash Valley College - Mt Carmel
2200 College Dr., Mt Carmel, IL 62863

Waubonsee Community College CNA Course - Aurora
5 East Galena Blvd., Aurora, Illinois 60506

Waubonsee Community College - Sugar Grove
Rt. 47 at Waubonsee Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554

Wauconda Healthcare Nurse Aide Training
176 Thomas Court, Wauconda, Illinois 60084

West Central High School Nurse Aide Program - Biggsville
RR 1 Box 72, Biggsville, IL 61418

Westmont Convalescent Center
6501 South Cass Ave., Westmont, Illinois 60559

Whiteside Area Career Center Nurse Aide Course - Sterling
1608 5th Ave., Sterling, IL 61081

Wilbur Wright College CNA Program - Chicago
4300 North Narragansett, Chicago, Illinois 60634

Wilco Area Career Center Nurse Assistant Program - Romeoville
500 Wilco Blvd., Romeoville, IL 60446

William Rainey Harper College - Palatine
1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, Illinois 60067

Winning Wheels Nursing Assistant Course - Prophetstown
701 East 3rd St., Prophetstown, IL 61277

Humboldt Park Vocational Center C.N.A. Class - Chicago
1645 North California Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60647

CNA Training Classes in Illinois ( Page 1 )

Nursing assistant programs prepare individuals for challenging the nurse aide certification exam and for entry level positions in health care environments. Each state has the authority to decide how many hours of training a nursing assistant course must consist of, as long as the minimum federal requirement of seventy-five hours is met. Students interested in attending CNA classes have a wide array of choices when it comes to selecting a training facility.

Nursing assistant courses are conducted at nursing homes, vocational schools, private schools, and community colleges. Program length, admission requirements, and cost of training vary depending on the policies of every training facility. Several states have implemented legislation which requires licensed long-term care facilities to reimburse CNA employees for the costs associated with training. An individual who has paid for nursing assistant training classes and who becomes employed by a nursing home within a year of obtaining certification, is eligible for financial reimbursement. Compared to other training programs in the health care field, nursing assistant classes are relatively short and inexpensive. Obtaining state certification as a CNA is the main requirement for securing a nurse aide job at a nursing home, hospital, rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility.

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Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Delorean D. on July 28, 2009 at 12:41 PM
In 2006 I got my Illinois CNA certification, yet I have yet to be employed as a nursing assistant. How long does my certification last?

Admin on July 30, 2009 at 09:52 PM
Unlike other states, the state of Illinois does not issue actual CNA certificates to those who complete nurse aide training programs. Once you complete the training and pass the competency evaluation, the Illinois Nurse Aide Registry lists you as having active status as a certified nursing assistant. To keep the active status and your credentials, you must work for pay as a nursing assistant. If you have not worked in the field for more than two years, then you lose your certified nurse aide status. In your particular situation there have been almost three years since you passed the competency evaluation and have not worked for pay as a certified nurse aide and therefore your CNA certification is not currently valid. The only way to re-certify is to re-challenge and pass the Illinois state exam. Good luck!

I haven't worked as a CNA for over a year now, I was wondering if my CNA certification is still valid. How can I verify my CNA status? Also can I just volunteer to keep my CNA valid, instead of working for pay?

I am applying for a nursing assistant job in Illinois and they are asking me for my CNA license number. How do I find out my CNA license number for the state of Illinois?

I completed my CNA training in Chicago, Illinois and would like to get registered as a nursing assistant in Kentucky. How can I get this accomplished?

How do I transfer my CNA certification from Illinois to Virginia?

Can I enroll in a CNA class without a high school diploma or GED?

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CNA Training Requirements

There is a wide disparity between CNA training requirements among the states. The difference lies in the mandatory number of total training hours necessary to complete state-approved CNA classes.

While according to federal law each nursing assistant course should contain a minimum of seventy-five (75) instruction and clinical hours, individual states have the liberty to mandate extra training requirements for certified nursing assistants. The majority of states exceed the threshold federal minimum requirements for nurse aide training programs because they are considered insufficient to result in an optimal and safe level of care for clients.

A review of nationwide state requirements for nurse assistant courses has found that the following states have mandated highest number of CNA program hours: Maine with a minimum of 90 hours of theory, 20 hours of laboratory skills and 70 hours of clinical instruction for a total of 180 hours; California with one hundred and sixty (160) training hours; Delaware and Oregon each requiring one hundred and fifty (150) hours; followed by the state of Alaska with one hundred and forty (140) hours; Virginia, Arizona, and West Virginia have a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) training hours for state-approved classes.

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