Illinois CNA Certification and Licensing
Illinois CNA Program Basics
Compared to other states, Illinois has a fairly simple process to becoming a certified nursing assistant. All state citizens that wish to become a CNA in Illinois must both take and finish a state approved training course along with a written exam or have finished a nursing arts course, along with the examination. The nursing class can be one of several - Nursing 101, Fundamentals of Nursing, or Basic Nursing. Before being certified or working as a CNA, the individual must have a clean criminal background. There may not be any findings of abuse, neglect or misappropriation of property in IL or other states. If there have been findings but the person has requested and received a waiver, they may continue to apply for and receive CNA certification. Education of at least eight grade levels or the equivalent knowledge must be proven. Nurse aide applicants must also be at least 16 years old and be of good moral character, honest, reliable, and trustworthy - according to the IL Department of Health's facts about Certified Nursing Assistants.
Illinois CNA Requirements for Nursing Students
Active nursing students or nurses (both LPN and RN) may work as a nurse aide without applying to the state's Health Care Worker Registry. This registry is kept up to date by the Illinois State Department of health. Students that wish to work as a CNA while continuing their nursing education need to provide a written letter proving they have finished one of the basic nursing courses and at least 40 hours of training in a clinical setting. The student must also pass a written examination.
Illinois CNA Examination
Everyone that wishes to become a CNA in Illinois must pass the required written examination. There is no clinical portion required. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIU-C) provides the written exam throughout the state. The University sends all results to the registry electronically. The state does not issue a written certification. Instead, the CNA is placed on the Healthcare Worker Registry and remains an actively certified nursing assistant as long as they continue to work in a for pay setting, no matter how many years they have been certified.
Illinois CNA Certification Transfer
A certified nurse assistant from another state must have an active license in the state where training and certification was performed. The certification must be in good standing with no findings of abuse, neglect, or property misappropriation. If the certification is valid and 24 months have not passed since certification without providing services for pay - the aide may gain their Illinois CNA certification without further training.