CNA Training in Illinois

by Maria Pavel on April 5, 2011

If you’re a resident of the state of Illinois and want to become a Certified Nursing Assistant, you’ll find that it’s not as difficult as you may have thought it would be. No matter where you live, there’s a huge demand for CNAs so the fact that you want to become a part of this ever growing field of medicine is a plus. CNA training in Illinois is very available.

In order to enroll in Illinois CNA classes, you have to be at least 16 years old. Each course will consist of at least 40 hours with 16 hours of training in a clinical setting. The Illinois government has mandated this requirement. In addition, you must also pass a criminal background check or you won’t be allowed to take the class. When you have completed your training, there’s a nursing intelligence test that must be passed. This is where you show your competence regarding everything you learned in your training.

If you successfully pass the class and the test, the Illinois nurse registry will place you in their database. A certificate is not provided to you but you can go online and print one yourself. With your certification now complete, you can start making $25,000 annually as a CNA.

Depending on the area you live in, there are typically many schools available to get trained to be a CNA in Illinois.

These schools include:

* Bloomington Area Vocational Center in Bloomington
* Career Training Center of Chicago CNA Program in Chicago
* Harold Washington College CNA Training Course in Chicago
* John Marshall Metro High School in Chicago
* Jethro Healthcare School and Placement Services in Des Plaines
* Hardin County High School in Elizabethtown
* Health Restoration Academy of Medical Arts in Oak Lawn

In addition to these schools, you can also be trained through various medical facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, retirement homes, and assisted living facilities. Many times, if you agree to work at the facility that trains you, your training will be totally free.

If your schedule is busy and you need to work at another job while taking your training, you may be pleased to know that there are online classes you can take to become a CNA. With these classes you can do the textbook studying totally online at your convenience. Most of the time, the online schools will have an arrangement with a clinical facility near your location so that you can get your hands on training as well.

Once you make up your mind to join the world of CNAs in Illinois, the doors are there to open for you.

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