CNA Programs in Illinois

CNA Programs in Illinois

Are you looking for a career that is recession-proof in Illinois? If so, you should consider training to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

CNA Job Outlook and Salary in Illinois

Illinois is a state where the demand for CNAs is currently in the negative. Overall employment of CNAs in the state is expected to fall by 0.2% from 2018 to 2028. The negative employment growth in Illinois doesn’t seem to affect the salaries of CNAs in the state, as the median salary of CNAs in Illinois is $33,419 per year.

To get a detailed picture, take a look at CNA employment and salary situation in different metro areas in Illinois below:

AreaTotal EmploymentAvg. Hourly WageAvg. Annual Salary
Danville330$16.48$34,280
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin37,030$15.55$32,330
Kankakee980$15.46$32,170
Champaign-Urbana1,110$14.78$30,730
Springfield1,210$14.66$30,490
Rockford1,630$14.60$30,370
Peoria3,000$14.10$29,340
Decatur610$13.91$28,920
Bloomington810$13.90$28,920
Carbondale-Marion800$13.77$28,640

Requirements to Become a CNA in Illinois

The first step to becoming a CNA in Illinois is completing a state-approved CNA training program. Additionally, your training should consist of classroom lectures and clinical experiences.

Another requirement to becoming a CNA in Illinois is passing the state’s Nurse Aide Competency Exam. This is a two-part test that you must pass to be eligible for certification in the state.

If you are able to pass both parts of the CNA exam, you will be added to Illinois' Nurse Aide Registry as a Certified Nursing Assistant and can apply for employment in the state.

State-Approved CNA Programs in Illinois

There are many excellent nursing schools in Illinois that offer approved programs for aspiring CNAs. The top schools are:

  1. Adonis College Of Nursing

    1313 Sibley Blvd, Dolton, IL 60419 (888) 308-3892
  2. Black Hawk College East Campus

    26230 Black Hawk Rd, Galva, IL 61434 (309) 854-1700
  3. Carl Sandburg College

    2400 Tom L Wilson Blvd, Galesburg, IL 61401 (309) 344-2518
  4. College of DuPage

    425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 (630) 942-2800
  5. College of Lake County

    19351 W Washington St, Grayslake, IL 60030 (847) 543-2000
  6. Elgin Community College

    1700 Spartan Dr, Elgin, IL 60123 (847) 697-1000
  7. Harper College

    1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067 (847) 925-6000
  8. Heartland Community College

    1500 W Raab Rd, Normal, IL 61761 (309) 268-8000
  9. Illinois Central College

    1 College Dr, East Peoria, IL 61611 (309) 322-0634
  10. J Renee College

    415 Airport Rd, Elgin, IL 60123 (815) 444-7751
  11. John A. Logan College

    700 Logan College Dr, Carterville, IL 62918 (618) 985-2828
  12. John Wood Community College

    1301 S 48th St, Quincy, IL 62305 (217) 224-6500
  13. Joliet Job Corps Center

    1101 Mills Rd, Joliet, IL 60433 (815) 727-7677
  14. Joliet Junior College

    1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431 (815) 729-9020
  15. Kankakee Community College

    100 College Drive, Kankakee, IL 60901 (815) 802-8100
  16. Kaskaskia College

    27210 College Rd, Centralia, IL 62801 (618) 545-3000
  17. Kishwaukee College

    21193 Malta Rd, Malta, IL 60150 (815) 825-2086
  18. Lewis & Clark Community College

    5800 Godfrey Rd, Godfrey, IL 62035 (618) 468-7000
  19. Lincoln Land Community College

    5250 Shepherd Rd, Springfield, IL 62703 (217) 786-2200
  20. llinois Eastern Community Colleges - Wabash Valley College

    2200 College Dr, Mt Carmel, IL 62863 (618) 262-8641
  21. Malcolm X College

    1900 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 850-7000
  22. McHenry County College

    8900 US-14, Crystal Lake, IL 60012 (815) 455-3700
  23. Methodist College

    7600 N Academic Dr, Peoria, IL 61615 (309) 672-5513
  24. Midwest Technical Institute

    280 High Point Ln, East Peoria, IL 61611 (309) 427-2750
  25. Midwest Technical Institute

    2731 Farmers Market Rd, Springfield, IL 62702 (217) 527-8324
  26. Moraine Valley Community College

    9000 College Pkwy, Palos Hills, IL 60465 (708) 974-4300
  27. Morton College

    3801 S Central Ave, Cicero, IL 60804 (708) 656-8000
  28. Oakton Community College

    1600 E Golf Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60016 (847) 635-1600
  29. Parkland College

    2400 W Bradley Ave, Champaign, IL 61821 (217) 351-2200
  30. Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center

    3348 S Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60623 (773) 890-3100
  31. Phalanx Family Services

    837 W 119th St, Chicago, IL 60643 (773) 291-1086
  32. Rend Lake College

    468 Ken Gray Pkwy, Ina, IL 62846 (618) 437-5321
  33. Richland Community College

    1 College Park, Decatur, IL 62521 (217) 875-7200
  34. Rock Valley College

    3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, IL 61114 (815) 921-7821
  35. Sauk Valley Community College

    173 IL-2, Dixon, IL 61021 (815) 288-5511
  36. Shawnee Community College

    8364 Shawnee College Rd, Ullin, IL 62992 (618) 634-3200
  37. South Suburban College

    15800 State St, South Holland, IL 60473 (708) 596-2000
  38. Southeastern Illinois College

    3575 College Rd, Harrisburg, IL 62946 (618) 252-5400
  39. SWIC Southwestern Illinois College

    2500 Carlyle Ave, Belleville, IL 62221 (618) 235-2700
  40. Triton College

    2000 5th Ave, River Grove, IL 60171 (708) 456-0300
  41. Urbana Adult Education Center

    211 N Race St, Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 384-3530
  42. Verve College

    2625 Butterfield Rd #102e, Oak Brook, IL 60523 (630) 705-9999
  43. Waubonsee Community College

    18 S River St, Aurora, IL 60506 (630) 801-7900
  44. Waubonsee Community College

    2060 Ogden Ave, Aurora, IL 60504 (630) 585-7900
  45. Waubonsee Community College

    100 Waubonsee Drive, Plano, IL 60545 (630) 552-7900
  46. Waubonsee Community College

    IL-47 & Waubonsee Dr, Sugar Grove, IL 60554 (630) 466-7900

Illinois Nurse Aide Registry

If you have any questions on how to get, verify, renew and reinstate a CNA certification in Illinois or transfer it to another state, you can contact the Illinois Nurse Aide Registry at:

Illinois Department of Public Health
Health Care Worker Registry

525 W Jefferson St, Springfield, IL 62761
Phone: (844) 789-3676
Fax: (217) 524-0137
Registry Search: https://hcwrpub.dph.illinois.gov/Search.aspx

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