CNA Training in Illinois

Seeing the constant increase in the aging population in Illinois; the ‘Bureau of Labor Statistics’ of U.S. has done a prediction of about 19% or above, growth in the employment rate of Certified Nursing Assistants, in between the years of 2008-2018. CNA training is essential for every aspirant, who wants to work with any medical or nursing facility. This training prepare you to handle various operations involved in this facility, like functioning medical equipments, patient communication, administering medication, feeding and bathing patients, checking health and infection control. The training provides you theoretical and practical knowledge both, through classrooms sessions and clinical practices.

Since, the job opportunities are quite brilliant for CNAs in this state; so, you may prepare yourself to get into this field. But, before you do so, you must have at least a high school diploma or GED qualifications. The state will check your criminal record verification document, and you need to give is a fingerprinting description, as well. Without these credentials, you won’t be allowed to go for the clinical section of the CNA training sessions. Your expertise in English language, which includes reading, writing, and speaking, will also support you a lot, while going for this training.

High school graduates can apply to ‘Joliet Job Corps’ in the state, as they provide financial assistance to the candidates. The agency offers free of charge CNA trainings to the qualified candidates. The intuitional body also provides without any charge lodging, boarding and regular meals to those candidates, who cannot manage to pay for the training fees. The institution even helps the graduates to get a job in the state.

There are also many State-funded programs available in Illinois, which are employer-driven and provide vocational education and networks to those, who wanted to attend a free of cost CNA training program. Candidates participating in such programs have to provide employment services to these institutions.

Generally, the training for Certified Nursing Assistant programme is not directly conducted by thenursing homes in Illinois. Instead, these health care providers collaborate with various vocational schools and community colleges, that have state approved courses and programs. To know more about this, you can find out from ‘Cahokia Nursing and Rehab Center’, ‘Modern Care Convalescent’, ‘Monmouth Nursing Home’, ‘Camelot Terrace’ and ‘St. Clara’s Manor’, whether they can provide free of charge training to the CNAs or not.

The ‘Illinois Department of Public Health’ or (DPH) can support you to get a state- recognized CNA program. The DPH has its own official website, which can assist you more on this. DPH can also assist you with programs that offer no-cost training to the students and the best training structure to suit your requirements. The ‘Health Care Worker Registry’ can provide a record of legalized CNA training programs in the state, as well.

Many nursing homes or other organizations, which gives you training without any charge, will usually require licensed CNAs to work for them. Some of the organizations will give you hourly wages as well, while your training period is taking place.

Get in touch with the ‘Iowa Foundation for Medical Care-Illinois’ or IFMC-Illinois, which was earlier the ‘Illinois Foundation for Quality Healthcare’, to gain more knowledge about approved and no-fees training programs for CNAs. You may also contact nursing facilities, hospitals and home health organisations, which are collaborated with IFMC-Illinois, in order to get information regarding such courses available at present. Nearly every one of these facilities would require you to work for them for about one year on a contractual basis, in exchange of giving the waiver in the training fees.

The Illinois Department of Economic Information and Analysis and Employment Security can guide you about many state-funded programs, which are also approved for the Certified Nursing Assistant training.

Those, who cannot pay for this training, can also keep a hope from the nearby residential care facilities, clinics, nursing homes and hospitals for CNA trainings at no cost. Some of these institutions can even refund the training fees, once you complete and qualify the training program. All you have to manage is to keep the copies of fees receipts and other expenditure carefully, to show it to the concerned person. Those, who have been associated with the military forces, might own chance to get some reduction in the training charges.

WIA or the Workforce Investment Act supports out of work persons, who are willing to function, as a Certified Nursing Assistant. The act lends a hand to the aspirants to obtain the CNA training for free. The unemployed candidates have to meet the set standards before applying for this training, according this act and then; can avail the free of charge CNA training program.

Some of the names are given below, which runs training programs accredited by WIA in Illinois:

  • Chicago Care Training Center
    Contact Number: (847) 674-3368
    Address: – 6600, North Lincoln Avenue Suite, 418 Lincolnwood, Illinois-60712
  • Chicago Community Learning Center
    Contact Number: (773) 506-1503
    Address: – 4753, North Broadway Suite, 602 Chicago, Illinois-60640
    Fax: (773) 506-1528
    Email ID: m0504brown@aol.com
  • International Skin Beauty Academy
    Contact Number: (847) 995-1932
    Address: – 830, North Meacham Road Schaumburg, Illinois-60173
    Fax: (847) 602-8356
    Official Website:  itaskinbeauty.com
    E-mail: admissions.ita@gmail.com
  • Joliet Junior College
    Address: – 1215, Houbolt Road Joliet, Illinois-60431
    Contact Number: (815) 729-9020
    Official Website: jjc.edu
  • Midwestern Career College
    Contact Number: (312) 236-9000
    Address: – 20, North Wacker Drive Suite, 3800 Chicago, Illinois-60606
    Fax: (312) 277- 007
    Official Website: mccollege.edu
    Email ID: info@mccollege.edu 
  • Omega Healthcare Technical School
    Contact Number: 847.425.9089
    Address: – 400, West Higgins Road Park Ridge Illinois-0068
    Fax: (847) 425-9091
    Email: info@omegahealthcare.us

The list gives you the names of Nursing homes that might provide you free of cost CNA training in Illinois:

  • Cahokia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
    Contact Number: (618) 332-0114
    Address: – 2, Annable Court, Cahokia, Illinois- 62206
    Fax: (618) 332-1043 
  • Calhoun Skilled Care
    Address: – #1 Myrtle Lane, Hardin, Illinois- 62047
    Contact Number: (618) 576-2278
    Fax: (618) 576-2487
  • Camelot Terrace
    Address: – 516, West French Street, Streator, Illinois- 61364
    Contact Number: (815) 673-2600
  • Capitol Care Center
    Address: – 555, West Carpenter, Springfield, Illinois- 62702
    Contact Number: (217) 525-1880
    Official Website: capitolcarecentre.com
  • Carbondale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
    Contact Number: (618) 529-5355
    Address: – 500, South Lewis Lane, Carbondale, Illinois- 62901
    Fax: (618) 529-3189
    Official Website: heliahealthcare.com
    Email ID: janet.squibb@heliahealthcare.com
    ashley.barrett@heliahealthcare.com 
  • Integrated Health Service, Brentwood
    Contact Number: (708) 423-1200, (708) 423-1728
    Address: – 5400, West 87th Street, Burbank, Illinois- 60459
  • Miller Health Care Center
    Address: – 1601, Butterfield Trail, Kankakee, Illinois- 60901
    Contact Number: (815) 936-6500
  • Modern Care Convalescent and Nursing Home
    Address: – 1500, West Walnut, Jacksonville, Illinois- 62650
    Contact Number: (217) 245-4183
    Fax: (217) 243-2915
    Official Website:
  • Momence Meadows Nursing Center
    Address: – 500, South Walnut, Momence, Illinois- 60954
    Contact Number: (815) 472-2423
    Fax: (815) 472-6212
    Official Website: momencemeadows.com
  • Monmouth Nursing Home
    Address: – 117, South I Street, Monmouth, Illinois- 61462
    Contact Number: (309) 734-3811
  • Monroe County Nursing Home
    Contact Number: (618) 939-3488
    Address: – 500, Illinois Avenue, Waterloo, Illinois- 62298
    Fax: (618) 939-5030
  • St Anthony’s Memorial Hospital
    Address: – 503, North Maple Street, Effingham, Illinois-62401
    Contact Number: (217) 342-2121
    Official Website: stanthonyshospital.org
    Email ID: saecommunications@hshs.org 
  • St Benedict Nursing and Rehabilitation
    Address: – 6930, West Touhy Avenue, Niles, Illinois- 60714
    Contact Number: (847) 647-0003
    Fax: (847) 647-1936
  • St Clara’s Manor
    Address: – 200, Fifth Street, Lincoln, Illinois- 62656
    Contact Number: (217) 735-1507
    Fax: (217) 732-3188
    Official Website: heritageofcare.com
  • William L Dawson Nursing Home
    Address: – 3500, South Giles Avenue, Chicago, Illinois- 60653
    Contact Number: (312) 326-2000
    Fax: (312) 326-5753
  • Willow Creek Rehabilitation
    Address: – 40, North 64th Street, Belleville, Illinois- 62223
    Contact Number: (618) 397-8400
    Fax: (618) 397-8476
    Official Website:
    Email ID: info@willowcreeknursing.com
  • Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion
    Address: – 515, North Main, Sandwich, Illinois- 60548
    Contact Number: (815) 786-8426
    Fax: (815) 786-6487
    Official Website: willowcrestrehab.com
  • Willow Wood Health Care Center
    Contact Number: (815) 626-4575
    Address: – 430, Martin Road, P.O.  Box No. – 579, Rock Falls, Illinois- 61071
    Fax: (928) 768-3249