CNA Training Programs in Illinois

Completing a CNA program approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health(IDPH) is the first step toward becoming a CNA in Illinois. You will find a list of the approved CNA programs below.

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CNA Certification in Illinois

In order to work as a certified nursing assistant or nurse aide in any licensed or certified home health agency, skilled nursing facility or intermediate care facility, you are required to take and successfully pass the CNA certification exam administered by the Illinois Nurse Aide Testing Program ( Eligibility to take the CNA certification exam includes the successful completion of a CNA program approved by the IDPH. The CNA certification exam, also known as the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation, must be completed within 120 days of completing a CNA training program.

CNA Job Outlook in Illinois

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) Occupational Employment Statistics: Wage Information, Nurse Aides (CNAs) in Illinois made a median hourly wage of $11.15 and a median yearly income of $23,200. Earnings for a CNA in Illinois are quite good and the return on investment for CNA classes and passing the CNA certification exam seem very justified. Job openings in this field are projected to grow 21% through 2016, which means CNA job opportunities are optimal for graduates of the CNA training programs in Illinois.

Medical assistants in Illinois are also making good wages and have stellar employment growth projections, in fact the IDES data shows medical assisting as one of the fastest growing career areas in the state of Illinois. Medical assisting is a related career and has a similar training program duration. Learn about the Medical Assistant Programs in Illinois.

CNA Programs in Illinois

Illinois Department of Public Health – Approved Program List

Approved Programs Offered: Nursing Assistant, Nurse Aide

Link to a searchable list of approved schools courtesy of the Illinois Department of Public Health:

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