Illinois Certified Nursing Aide School Costs and Admission Programs Update

Illinois C.N.A. schools are listed in the Caregiverlist C.N.A. School Directory which includes the information on the nursing assistant school costs and admission requirements in the state of Illinois. Nursing assistants become certified in Illinois by first taking the state-approved C.N.A. course and then passing the state exam to gain their certificate. More C.N.A.'s are needed as Illinois is a state where seniors age-in-place. "Sweet Home Chicago" rings true for the state's retirees. Please find the information on the state of Illinois' updated nursing aide programs below.

How much does a C.N.A. school program in Illinois cost?

Of the approved certified nursing assistant training programs in Illinois, the average cost per program is $1,097 and the C.N.A. school programs pricing ranges from $550 to $2,800 for the course with books and uniform. Many of the Illinois nursing assistant programs are in the middle range for cost, between $700 and $1,000. Definitely contact schools you are considering attending to find out if you may qualify for financial assistance. Sometimes hospitals and nursing homes in Illinois will assist residents seeking to become nursing aides by reimbursing them for their C.N.A. certification training.

Average Illinois C.N.A. School Cost: $1,097

Most Popular Length of C.N.A. School course in Illinois:  130 hours

The C.N.A school requirements, along with the length of the program, and contact information is listed for each school for easy comparison. A Certified Nursing Aide often finds work in nursing homes, assisted living communities, hospitals, or senior home care agencies, providing a variety of personal and nursing care to the patients.

Caregiverlist’s Practice CNA Test, presented by Hdmaster, provides great insights into the information needed to succeed as a C.N.A. and to learn about the different types of questions nursing aide exams may ask. After getting certified, Caregiverlist provides a Caregiver Job Application, which allows you to apply for caregiving and C.N.A. jobs in an area near you.

Find Illinois C.N.A. Schools and submit your request for free C.N.A. school applications in Illinois. Remember, as the number of seniors increases by 10,000 every day, and everyone is enjoying living longer lives, more caregivers are needed and jobs are available for trained caregivers and nursing aides - become one today or refer-a-friend!

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Professional senior caregivers assist seniors in their home, in assisted living communities and in nursing homes.  Some positions require certification and all positions require passing a criminal background check.  However, any caring individual may begin a career in caregiving by working as a companion caregiver for a senior home care agency.

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As more than 77 million baby boomers begin to retire and live longer lives, more and more senior caregivers will be needed.  Learn about become a Certified Nursing Assistant by taking a course at one of these C.N.A.schools and apply for a senior caregiver job on Caregiverlist, the nation's only professional caregiver career center.   Senior care companies nationwide hire new part-time and full-time senior caregivers and nursing aides using Caregiverlist's proprietary technology each week.

Visit Caregiverlist's Career Center to learn more about becoming a senior caregiver.

Refera friend to a caregiving job at Caregiverlist at any time as more caregivers are always needed in this growing industry and the fulfillment of working as a caregiver allows you to earn more than just a paycheck.

Many senior caregivers share stories of first assisting a family member with care needs and then discovering senior care can be a career.  You will also have the joy of interacting with seniors who have lived interesting lives - there is never a dull moment in senior care!


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Black Friday shoppers may be in need of a caregiver after battling the long lines, other shoppers and battling it out for a parking spot.  But this alone is not the reason more caregivers are needed now and more caregivers and nursing aides will continue to be needed in the U.S.A.


Seniors are living longer and there are more older American because the large Baby Boomer generation has entered into their golden years.  And, if you live to be 70-years-old, the odds are in your favor to live another 20 years.  However, you may need some assistance with your daily activities of living for some of those years.  This means anyone who has a caring personality should consider the benefits of becoming a senior caregiver and anyone needing part-time work may want to consider working in the senior care industry.  One huge benefit of working in senior care is receiving appreciation from those you care for along with appreciation from their family members.  Unlike some careers, constant feedback is delivered when you work in senior care.


Senior caregivers may work as a companion caregiver, a Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) and in some states, there is a designation for certified caregivers working in homes called a Certified Home Health Aide (New Jersey, Florida and California, to name a few).  In 1987, Congress established guidelines through the Ominbus Reconciliation Act (OBRA) to create standards for training and licensing for C.N.A.'s and requiring a minimum staffing level of C.N.A.'s in nursing homes and all long-term care facilities.


Caregivers may begin their careers as a part-time senior caregiver working for a senior home care agency.  This industry has continued to grow with more than 1,000 new senior home care agencies launching new locations in the last few years.  Professionally managed senior home care delivers many advantages over institutionalized care and provides the benefit of one-on-one care services (one dedicated caregiver assists the senior instead of a rotational staff of many caregivers and nursing aides provided in a care facility).


Anyone looking for part-time employment can consider working as a senior caregiver as most senior care companies provide training for companion care positions.

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High school graduates can research Certified Nursing Assistant programs at community colleges in their area (some provide tuition grants and some employers will pay for your C.N.A. school).

Retirees looking for fulfilling work and additional income may also consider becoming a senior caregiver.


Caregiverlist, the nation’s only professional senior caregiver career center, provides online tools for caregiving professionals.  You may submit a job application to join the Caregiverlist in your area and be hired by a professional senior care company.


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Become a senior caregiver by submitting your job application on Caregiverlist and taking the 10-hour online caregiver certification training course.  You may purchase this course on Caregiverlist and receive a log-in and password to take the course at your own pace.  Upon passing at 80%, you will receive a Certificate to print out in your name which you may show your future employers.

Caregiverlist's Career Center provides a support community to not only access caregiver career tools but to also keep up on senior care industry news, ask a panel of senior care experts your questions and share your caregiving store - a perfect one-stop shop for anyone considering caregiving as a career.

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Free CNA Training: Find Free CNA Training Programs

Senior caregivers may work as companion caregivers or become certified as a nursing assistant or nursing aide.  Additional certification as a home health aide is offered in a few states such as New Jersey and Florida. 

Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant requires attending a state-approved C.N.A. course which is usually offered by community colleges and some high schools and technical colleges also offer C.N.A. classes.  However, now many senior care nursing homes also offer C.N.A. courses and will even provide them for free as long as you work for their facility as a C.N.A. for a certain amount of time upon completion of your certificate.

Remember, C.N.A.'s must pass the state C.N.A. exam to become officially certified.  You may review a free Sample C.N.A. Exam and a Practice C.N.A. Exam if you are thinkingn of becoming a C.N.A.  Ongoing job opportunities will be available to certified nursing assistants as the senior population in the U.S. lives longer, with the assistance of advancement in medical technology, but also requires personal caregiving.

How do you find free C.N.A. training courses near you?  Contact nursing homes which you may be interested in working for and ask them if they offer a C.N.A. course for potential employees.  Caregiverlist's nursing home directory provides the name and contact information for 18,000 nursing homes nationwide.  Larger nursing homes in large metropolitan cities often will provide either tuition assistance for C.N.A.'s or their own nursing assistant training program.

Norridge Healthcare and Rehabilitation in metropolitan Chicago, Illinois, provides a free C.N.A. training program but you must apply early and applications are competitive.

You may also contact the community colleges with C.N.A. programs in your area to inquire about financial assistance and if there are any grant programs or employers who will reimburse for training - many do so.

Become a companion caregiver for seniors by working with a senior home care agency if you would like to explore the field of senior care, as this is an easy way to gain experience before becoming a C.N.A.  Apply for a caregier job or C.N.A. job near you on Caregiverlist's Career Center.




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