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Nursing assistants are unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) who provide bedside care and some basic nursing procedures for the chronically sick, elderly, and rehabilitation patients in a hospital or nursing facility. This is typically done under the supervision of licensed practical or registered nurses. It is the most junior role in the nursing profession and only requires the completion of a brief eight- to ten-week-long certificate program.

Education pathway
In order to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in Illinois, one must pass a written competency test administered by Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIU-C) at the end of the certificate program. The results will then be sent to the Illinois Health Care Workers Registry electronically. These certificate programs are offered at more than 40 community colleges and technical schools across Illinois. Some of the top schools offering CNA training programs are Illinois Central College, John A Logan College, and Chicago ORT Technical Institute. Also, some long-term residential health centers may offer training programs at little or no cost and even employment after completion of the program.

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Career outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 61,000 nursing assistants in Illinois with a median annual wage of $23,840; some CNAs earn up to $29,000 per year. They are employed by healthcare facilities such as Westlake Hospital and West Suburban Medical Center. The demand for CNAs is increasing thanks to the “graying” of the population; Baby Boomers currently make up 28% of Illinois residents.

Given the wide variety of nursing assistant programs in Illinois, we have made a list of the top programs in the state as a guide for aspiring nursing assistants.

Featured Schools

Chicagoland metro area

Chicago ORT Technical Institute
5440 Fargo Avenue | Skokie, Illinois 60077
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
City Colleges of Chicago
1900 West Van Buren Street | Chicago, Illinois 60612
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Boulevard | Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
College of Lake County
19351 West Washington Street | Grayslake, Illinois 60030
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
East-West University
816 South Michigan Avenue | Chicago, Illinois 60605
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Elgin Community College
1700 Spartan Drive | Elgin, Illinois 60123
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Harper College
1200 West Algonquin Road | Palatine, Illinois 60067
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois School of Health Careers - Chicago Loop
11 East Adams Street, Suite 200 | Chicago, Illinois 60603
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois School of Health Careers - Chicago O'Hare
8750 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 300 | Chicago, Illinois 60631
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
J'Renee College
415 Airport Road | Elgin, Illinois 60123
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Joliet Junior College
1215 Houbolt Road | Joliet, Illinois 60431
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kishwaukee College
21193 Malta Road | Malta, Illinois 60150
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
McHenry County College
8900 US Highway 14 | Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Midwestern Career College
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 3800 | Chicago, Illinois 60606
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Morton College
3801 South Central Avenue | Cicero, Illinois 60804
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Oakton Community College
1600 East Golf Road | Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Prairie State College
202 South Halsted Street | Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
SOLEX College
350 East Dundee Road, Suite 200 | Wheeling, Illinois 60090
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Suburban College
15800 South State Street | South Holland, Illinois 60473
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
State Career College
2770 West Grand Avenue | Waukegan, Illinois 60085
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Triton College
2000 Fifth Avenue | River Grove, Illinois 60171
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Waubonsee Community College
47 Waubonsee Drive | Sugar Grove, Illinois 60554
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
Chicago ORT Technical Institute 5440 Fargo Avenue
Skokie, Illinois 60077
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
City Colleges of Chicago 1900 West Van Buren Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
College of DuPage 425 Fawell Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
College of Lake County 19351 West Washington Street
Grayslake, Illinois 60030
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
East-West University 816 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60605
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Elgin Community College 1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, Illinois 60123
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Harper College 1200 West Algonquin Road
Palatine, Illinois 60067
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois School of Health Careers - Chicago Loop 11 East Adams Street, Suite 200
Chicago, Illinois 60603
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois School of Health Careers - Chicago O'Hare 8750 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 300
Chicago, Illinois 60631
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
J'Renee College 415 Airport Road
Elgin, Illinois 60123
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Joliet Junior College 1215 Houbolt Road
Joliet, Illinois 60431
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kishwaukee College 21193 Malta Road
Malta, Illinois 60150
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
McHenry County College 8900 US Highway 14
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Midwestern Career College 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 3800
Chicago, Illinois 60606
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Morton College 3801 South Central Avenue
Cicero, Illinois 60804
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Oakton Community College 1600 East Golf Road
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Prairie State College 202 South Halsted Street
Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
SOLEX College 350 East Dundee Road, Suite 200
Wheeling, Illinois 60090
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Suburban College 15800 South State Street
South Holland, Illinois 60473
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
State Career College 2770 West Grand Avenue
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Triton College 2000 Fifth Avenue
River Grove, Illinois 60171
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Waubonsee Community College 47 Waubonsee Drive
Sugar Grove, Illinois 60554
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Peoria

Illinois Central College
One College Drive | East Peoria, Illinois 61635
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Midwest Technical Institute - East Peoria
280 High Point Lane | East Peoria, Illinois 61611
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
Illinois Central College One College Drive
East Peoria, Illinois 61635
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Midwest Technical Institute - East Peoria 280 High Point Lane
East Peoria, Illinois 61611
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Rockford

Rock Valley College
3301 North Mulford Road | Rockford, Illinois 61114
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rockford Career College
1130 South Alpine Road | Rockford, Illinois 61108
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
Rock Valley College 3301 North Mulford Road
Rockford, Illinois 61114
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rockford Career College 1130 South Alpine Road
Rockford, Illinois 61108
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Springfield

Lincoln Land Community College
5250 Shepherd Road | Springfield, Illinois 62794
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Midwest Technical Institute - Springfield
2731 Farmers Market Road | Springfield, Illinois 62707
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
Lincoln Land Community College 5250 Shepherd Road
Springfield, Illinois 62794
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Midwest Technical Institute - Springfield 2731 Farmers Market Road
Springfield, Illinois 62707
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

St. Louis suburbs

Beck School of Practical Nursing
6137 Beck Road | Red Bud, Illinois 62278
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kaskaskia College
27210 College Road | Centralia, Illinois 62801
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lewis and Clark Community College
5800 Godfrey Road | Godfrey, Illinois 62035
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southwestern Illinois College
2500 Carlyle Avenue | Belleville, Illinois 62221
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
Beck School of Practical Nursing 6137 Beck Road
Red Bud, Illinois 62278
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kaskaskia College 27210 College Road
Centralia, Illinois 62801
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lewis and Clark Community College 5800 Godfrey Road
Godfrey, Illinois 62035
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southwestern Illinois College 2500 Carlyle Avenue
Belleville, Illinois 62221
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other Illinois cities

Black Hawk College
6600 34th Avenue | Moline, Illinois 61265
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Danville Area Community College
2000 East Main Street | Danville, Illinois 61832
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
305 North West Street | Olney, Illinois 62450
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois Valley Community College
815 North Orlando Smith Avenue | Oglesby, Illinois 61348
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
John A. Logan College
700 Logan College Road | Carterville, Illinois 62918
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
John Wood Community College
1301 South 48th Street | Quincy, Illinois 62305
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kankakee Community College
100 College Drive | Kankakee, Illinois 60901
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lake Land College
5001 Lake Land Boulevard | Mattoon, Illinois 61938
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Parkland College
2400 West Bradley Avenue | Champaign, Illinois 61821
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rend Lake College
468 North Ken Gray Parkway | Ina, Illinois 62846
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Sauk Valley Community College
173 Illinois Route 2 | Dixon, Illinois 61021
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Shawnee Community College
8364 Shawnee College Road | Ullin, Illinois 62992
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
Black Hawk College 6600 34th Avenue
Moline, Illinois 61265
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Danville Area Community College 2000 East Main Street
Danville, Illinois 61832
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges 305 North West Street
Olney, Illinois 62450
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Illinois Valley Community College 815 North Orlando Smith Avenue
Oglesby, Illinois 61348
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
John A. Logan College 700 Logan College Road
Carterville, Illinois 62918
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
John Wood Community College 1301 South 48th Street
Quincy, Illinois 62305
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kankakee Community College 100 College Drive
Kankakee, Illinois 60901
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lake Land College 5001 Lake Land Boulevard
Mattoon, Illinois 61938
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Parkland College 2400 West Bradley Avenue
Champaign, Illinois 61821
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rend Lake College 468 North Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, Illinois 62846
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Sauk Valley Community College 173 Illinois Route 2
Dixon, Illinois 61021
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Shawnee Community College 8364 Shawnee College Road
Ullin, Illinois 62992
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate