How to Become a CNA in Illinois

Starting your career as a certified nursing assistant in Illinois only requires three simple steps. The first step is to locate an educational institution, hospital or care facility that offers a state approved cna training program. After enrolling in the education program and completing the required number of course hours according to Illinois state guidelines, the individual will then register to take the cna certification exam. The exam includes a combination of written multiple choice questions and a hands-on practical skills section. Upon successful completion of both parts of the exam the individual may apply to have their cna license mailed to them so that they can begin working as a nursing assistant.

Many nurse aides choose to continue their education at a later date to become either a practical nurse (LPN) or a registered nurse (RN). For those who enjoy the career of nursing and want to increase their earnings potential and take on a greater variety of functions in their job duties these two can be excellent options.

Training to become a cna can be completed in as little as a few weeks. Many hospitals, long-term care centers and assisted living facilities in Illinois offer career training programs for individuals who are willing to work at that particular facility upon receiving their cna certification. These types of programs are usually paid for by the institution and offered to interested students free of cost in exchange for a specified tenure of employment.

Schools That Offer CNA Classes in Illinois

Whether you’re looking for a new career, or searching to enhance your current position, Midwest Technical Institute (MTI) can help kick-start your educational goals. Through a diverse, innovative mix of mechanical trades, transportation, health and wellness, as well as allied health programs, MTI has earned a reputation for excellence in meeting local community needs, in regards to its workforce.


  • Basic Nursing Assistant
  • Medical Assisting
  • Dental Assisting

Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.


  • Specialization in Nurse Educator (MSN)

Discover the power of ONE COURSE A MONTH® to fit education into your busy life. Brown Mackie College’s ONE COURSE A MONTH® schedule lets you focus on your course work one subject at a time. 


  • Certificate in Medical Assistant
Locations: Merrillville

Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education. Eligible students can receive college credit for prior military experience and coursework—up to 75 percent of the credit needed for a Kaplan University undergraduate degree.*


  • Medical Assisting

We Change Lives...One Person At A Time. ® Start your career education with Daymar College Online. We offer certificate, diploma, associate, and bachelor's degree programs for careers in the business, medical, legal, and computer technology fields. Our programs offer hands-on education and classroom discussions.


  • Medical Assisting - Administrative, Associates Degree
  • Medical Assisting - Administrative, Diploma


Vatterott College is dedicated to providing students opportunities to gain the hands-on skills necessary to achieve their educational goals.  In fields as diverse as Business, Medical, Technical, Trades, Cosmetology, Dental, Legal, Personal Fitness, and Veterinary, as well as many continuing education opportunities, the school has provided the latest training to give students the skills they need.


  • Medical Assistant AOS
  • Medical Assistant AAS
  • Medical Assistant Diploma
  • And more...
The ITT Technical Institutes offer programs in some of today's hottest technical areas. With over 100 locations nationwide and several online programs available, the ITT Techs are one of the leading providers of technology education. Each ITT Tech offers convenient class schedules and Career Services are offered to help you find a job.


  • AS - Medical Assisting and Administration
Stratford Career Institute can help you earn your diploma from home in as little as six months, thanks to their proven study methods.


  • Medical Office Assistant

Accredited programs. Proven success.

American Sentinel University is focused on more than just positioning you for success in your career today-we’re committed to preparing you for tomorrow.


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Educational Leadership

Illinois CNA Career Links

Nursing Assistant Jobs
CNA Job Description
Nursing Assistant Salary

Online CNA Training Programs

Kaplan University Online
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Walden University Online
Kaplan Healthcare

National Directory of CNA Training Courses