Illinois has repeatedly proved throughout its history that it can break barriers. It is the home of the first aquarium, the world’s first skyscraper and the first McDonald’s. Today, it is known for being the site of one of the largest cities in the United States, which is Chicago. This progressive state is politically active and progressive, and healthcare is just one area in which it strives for excellence. CNAs here have a wonderful chance to better themselves, either by serving their patients or by furthering their educations. This state of 12.9 million is home to 189 hospitals and nearly 99,000 nursing homes where CNAs can find jobs.
– Capital: Springfield
– Minimum Wage: $8.25
– Number of Hospitals: 189
– Number of Nursing Homes: 98,883
– Total Population: 12,880,580
– Population (ages 45-64): 3,390,662
– Population (ages 65+): 1,788,533
– Population (ages 85+): 256,052
– Northwestern University
– University of Chicago
– University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
CNA Programs and the CNA registry are controlled by the Illinois Department of Health and the state’s Health Care Workers Registry. To begin CNA training, students must be at least 16 years old, must have completed eighth grade and must speak and read English. However, they do not have to have a driver’s license or a high school diploma. They will need to have a physical completed by a physician to ensure that they are up to the physical work that CNAs must perform, such as spending long hours on the feet and being able to lift 40 pounds. They will also need up-to-date immunizations and a negative tuberculosis screening. In addition, they will need to pass a criminal background check with a clean record and have fingerprints on file. Some training programs may require students to have a CPR card before beginning.
The training itself consists of classroom and clinical training. Altogether, Illinois students must have 120 hours, but 40 of these hours must be in a hands-on clinical setting. In addition, the state requires at least 12 hours of training in dementia.
A few groups of people may be exempt from training. For example, a current nurse with an Illinois license does not need to train or test before working as a CNA. Nursing students who have completed at least 40 clinical hours as well as a basic nursing class can skip training as can those who have received equivalent training in the U.S. military.
The Illinois Department of Health has the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale administer the CNA examinations although the tests are held at a variety of regional sites. The fee for the entire examination is $65 initially. Those who have failed and need to retest will only need to pay $35 if they retest within a year from the initial testing date. Those who wait more than a year will need to pay the full fee.
Illinois uses a written competency examination to test CNAs’ knowledge. A manual skills test is only required for those who recertify after letting the license expire. The examination is in English. However, CNA applicants who will be working at a facility that has more than 50 percent of its residents who speak another language can request a translated examination for an additional fee of $45. The test covers the six broad areas of CNA tasks covered in Illinois, including communication information, performing basic restorative skills, performing basic nursing skills, performing personal care skills, providing mental health and providing residents’ rights and social service needs
Applicants have up to three attempts to pass the examination before needing to retrain. Those who pass will receive their unofficial results in the mail within two to three weeks. The score is based on a pass/fail method rather than on a percentage. Illinois CNAs do not have an actual certificate or license number. Instead, they will be listed on the Illinois registry using their social security numbers.
Those moving to Illinois from out-of-state may be able to transfer their CNA certifications to Illinois. Applicants must have worked for pay as a CNA within the past 24 months and must have an active, clean license with no findings of patient abuse, maltreatment or neglect. Applicants must fill out the reciprocity application and send it to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The Department will then send applicants a fingerprint card that they must have completed at a registered facility. After the fingerprint card is returned, the Department will notify applicants within two to three weeks as to whether or not they are accepted or if they need to retest in Illinois. The process is free.
Illinois CNAs who work continuously for pay performing nursing-related tasks do not have to worry about renewing their certifications. However, those who do not work for pay as CNAs for 24 months will need either to retrain and retest or to retest only. In this case, the standard testing fee of $65 will apply for the written competency test. Individuals who forego a second training course and instead choose only to test will need to complete a manual competency test by demonstrating CNA-related tasks in front of a nurse aide evaluator. Those who retrain will not need to take the manual skills evaluation at a community college or other regional testing site.
|Northwestern Memorial Hospital||251 East Huron Street||Chicago||IL||60611||312-926-2000||Website|
|Rush University Medical Center||1653 West Congress Parkway||Chicago||IL||60612||312-942-5000||Website|
|Loyola University Medical Center||2160 South First Avenue||Maywood||IL||60153||708-216-9000||Website|
|University Of Chicago Medical Center||5841 South Maryland Avenue||Chicago||IL||60637||773-702-1000||Website|
|Advocate Christ Medical Center||4440 West 95th Street||Oak Lawn||IL||60453||708-684-8000||Website|
|Northwestern Medicine Central Dupage Hospital||25 North Winfield Road||Winfield||IL||60190||630-933-1600||Website|
|Advocate Lutheran General Hospital||1775 Dempster Street||Park Ridge||IL||60068||847-723-2210||Website|
|St. Alexius Medical Center||1555 Barrington Road||Hoffman Estates||IL||60169||847-843-2000||Website|
|Northshore Evanston Hospital||1301 Central Street||Evanston||IL||60201||847-570-2000||Website|
|Alexian Brothers Medical Center||800 Biesterfield Road||Elk Grove Village||IL||60007||847-437-5500||Website|
|Centegra Hospital-Mchenry||4201 Medical Center Drive||McHenry||IL||60050||815-344-5000||Website|
|Riverside Medical Center||350 North Wall Street||Kankakee||IL||60901||815-933-1671||Website|
|Edward Hospital||801 South Washington Street||Naperville||IL||60540||630-527-3000||Website|
|Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital||450 West Highway 22||Barrington||IL||60010||847-381-0123||Website|
|Carle Foundation Hospital||611 West Park Street||Urbana||IL||61801||217-383-3311||Not Available|
|Elmhurst Memorial Hospital||155 East Brush Hill Road||Elmhurst||IL||60126||331-221-1000||Website|
|Northwest Community Healthcare||800 West Central Road||Arlington Heights||IL||60005||847-618-1000||Website|
|Memorial Medical Center||701 North First Street||Springfield||IL||62781||217-788-3000||Website|
|Adventist Hinsdale Hospital||120 North Oak Street||Hinsdale||IL||60521||630-856-9000||Website|
|Advocate Sherman Hospital||1425 North Randall Road||Elgin||IL||60123||847-742-9800||Website|