Certified nursing assistants (CNAs), also referred to as "nursing assistants" or "nursing aides," play an important role in the patient care team, assisting with daily activities such as feeding and bathing, taking vital signs, answering call lights and preparing patient rooms. CNA training programs are generally low cost and quick to complete, making this profession a great entry point to a career in nursing. In Illinois, CNAs make an average annual salary of $27,770 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, the Chicago/Naperville/Arlington Heights, IL metropolitan area is among the top metropolitan areas with the highest employment levels of CNAs, and CNAs in this area earn an average annual salary of $29,130 according to the BLS.

Choosing the Best CNA Programs in Illinois

The first step in becoming a CNA is choosing a training program, generally offered at community colleges, vocational schools and some medical centers and nursing homes. In Illinois, there are a number of training programs in the Chicago area, as well as in Evanston, Springfield and Carbondale, as well as in smaller cities and towns across the state. For more information about admissions to CNA training programs in Illinois, visit our CNA Training Programs Admissions page. A few key considerations when researching CNA training programs include:

  • Program Length: CNA training programs can take anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks to complete, and include classroom or online coursework in addition to clinical practice hours. In Illinois, training must include a minimum of 40 hours of clinical practice hours.
  • Program Cost: The cost of a CNA training program can vary from school to school based on a number of factors including geographic location and school type. In some cases, CNA training may be provided for free at some medical centers in exchange for working for that institution for a set period of time. As one example of program costs, tuition costs for the nursing assistant training program at the Career Training Center of Chicago is $900 as of 2019, which does not include certification exam fees, fingerprinting/background check, textbook and uniform.
  • Online/In-Person Options: A crucial component of CNA training is in-person hands-on clinical experience in which students put their studies into practice. The other component is classroom study, which some schools offer as online coursework to be completed on a student's own schedule and from home. Online CNA training programs are great options for students with work or family obligations that may make it difficult to attend in-person classes, or for those who live in remote locations around the state.

2020 List of CNA Classes in Illinois

To get a feel for the CNA curriculum in Illinois, see our list of classes and courses available in the state:

Aurora, IL

SchoolContact Information
Waubonsee Community College- Aurora Downtown
18 S. River St.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 801-7900
Waubonsee Community College- Aurora Fox Valley
2060 Ogden Ave.
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 585-7900

Belleville, IL

SchoolContact Information
SWIC Southwestern Illinois College
CNA Programs
2500 Carlyle Ave
Belleville, IL 62221
(618) 235-2700

Carterville, IL

SchoolContact Information
John A. Logan College
CNA Programs
700 Logan College Dr
Carterville, IL 62918
(618) 985-2828

Centralia, IL

SchoolContact Information
Kaskaskia College
CNA Programs
27210 College Rd
Centralia, IL 62801
(618) 545-3000

Champaign, IL

SchoolContact Information
Parkland College
CNA Programs
2400 W Bradley Ave
Champaign, IL 61821
(217) 351-2200

Chicago, IL

SchoolContact Information
Malcolm X College
CNA Programs
1900 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 850-7000
Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center
CNA Programs
3348 S Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60623
(773) 890-3100
Phalanx Family Services
CNA Programs
837 W 119th St
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 291-1086

Cicero, IL

SchoolContact Information
Morton College
CNA Programs
3801 S. Central Avenue
Cicero, IL 60804
(708) 656-8000

Crystal Lake, IL

SchoolContact Information
McHenry County College
8900 US-14
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
(815) 455-3700

Decatur, IL

SchoolContact Information
Richland Community College
1 College Park
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 875-7200

Des Plaines, IL

SchoolContact Information
Oakton Community College
1600 E Golf Rd
Des Plaines, IL 60016
(847) 635-1600

Dixon, IL

SchoolContact Information
Sauk Valley Community College
CNA Programs
173 IL Rt. 2
Dixon, IL 61021
(815) 288-5511

Dolton, IL

SchoolContact Information
Adonis College Of Nursing
CNA Programs
1313 Sibley Blvd
Dolton, IL 60419
(888) 308-3892

East Peoria, IL

SchoolContact Information
Illinois Central College
CNA Programs
1 College Dr
East Peoria, IL 61635
(309) 322-0634
Midwest Technical Institute- East Peoria
CNA Programs
280 High Point Ln
East Peoria, IL 61611
(309) 427-2750

Elgin, IL

SchoolContact Information
Elgin Community College
1700 Spartan Dr
Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 697-1000
JRenee College
415 Airport rd.
Elgin, IL 60123
(815) 444-7751

Galesburg, IL

SchoolContact Information
Carl Sandburg College
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd
Galesburg, IL 61401
(309) 344-2518

Galva, IL

SchoolContact Information
Black Hawk College East Campus
26230 Black Hawk Rd
Galva, IL 61434
(309) 854-1700

Glen Ellyn, IL

SchoolContact Information
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 942-2800

Godfrey, IL

SchoolContact Information
Lewis and Clark Community College
CNA Programs
5800 Godfrey Rd
Godfrey, IL 62035
(618) 468-7000

Grayslake, IL

SchoolContact Information
College of Lake County
CNA Programs
19351 W Washington St
Grayslake, IL 60030
(847) 543-2000

Harrisburg, IL

SchoolContact Information
Southeastern Illinois College
CNA Programs
3575 College Rd
Harrisburg, IL 62946
(618) 252-5400

Ina, IL

SchoolContact Information
Rend Lake College
CNA Programs
468 North Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, IL 62846
(618) 437-5321

Joliet, IL

SchoolContact Information
Joliet Job Corps Center
CNA Programs
1101 Mills Rd
Joliet, IL 60433
(815) 727-7677
Joliet Junior College
1215 Houbolt Rd
Joliet, IL 60431
(815) 729-9020

Kankakee, IL

SchoolContact Information
Kankakee Community College
CNA Programs
100 College Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901
(815) 802-8100

Malta, IL

SchoolContact Information
Kishwaukee College
CNA Programs
21193 Malta Rd
Malta, IL 60150
(815) 825-2086

Mt Carmel, IL

SchoolContact Information
llinois Eastern Community Colleges - Wabash Valley College
CNA Programs
2200 College Dr
Mt Carmel, IL 62863
(618) 262-8641

Normal, IL

SchoolContact Information
Heartland Community College
CNA Programs
1500 W Raab Rd
Normal, IL 61761
(309) 268-8000

Oak Brook, IL

SchoolContact Information
Verve College
CNA Programs
2625 Butterfield Rd #102e
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 705-9999

Palatine, IL

SchoolContact Information
Harper College
CNA Programs
1200 Algonquin Rd
Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 925-6000

Palos Hills, IL

SchoolContact Information
Moraine Valley Community College
9000 College Pkwy
Palos Hills, IL 60465
(708) 974-4300

Peoria, IL

SchoolContact Information
Methodist College
CNA Programs
7600 N Academic Dr
Peoria, IL 61615
(309) 672-5513

Plano, IL

SchoolContact Information
Waubonsee Community College- Plano
100 Waubonsee Drive
Plano, IL 60545
(630) 552-7900

Quincy, IL

SchoolContact Information
John Wood Community College
CNA Programs
1301 S 48th St
Quincy, IL 62305
(217) 224-6500

River Grove, IL

SchoolContact Information
Triton College
CNA Programs
2000 5th Ave
River Grove, IL 60171
(708) 456-0300

Rockford, IL

SchoolContact Information
Rock Valley College
3301 N Mulford Rd
Rockford, IL 61114
(815) 921-7821

South Holland, IL

SchoolContact Information
South Suburban College
15800 State St
South Holland, IL 60473
(708) 596-2000

Springfield, IL

SchoolContact Information
Lincoln Land Community College
CNA Programs
5250 Shepherd Rd
Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 786-2200
Midwest Technical Institute
CNA Programs
2731 Farmers Market Rd
Springfield, IL 62707
(217) 527-8324

Sugar Grove, IL

SchoolContact Information
Waubonsee Community College- Sugar Grove
Route 47 @ Waubonsee Drive
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
(630) 466-7900

Ullin, IL

SchoolContact Information
Shawnee Community College
CNA Programs
8364 Shawnee College Rd
Ullin, IL 62992
(618) 634-3200

Urbana, IL

SchoolContact Information
Urbana Adult Education Center
CNA Programs
211 N Race St
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 384-3530

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