How to become a CNA in Illinois

CNAs help with mobility and taking care of themselves. According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, CNA jobs are expected to grow by 10 percent by 2018.

In many states a person is required to complete a CNA program and pass a competency test, and Illnois is no exception. In order to become a CNA in Illinois, a person needs to complete an Illinois CNA program, pass a competency test and a skills test.

Step 1

Find a CNA program on the Illinois Department of Public Health website for approved programs. Choose your desired program in your area. Training programs are usually held at community colleges and high schools.

Step 2

Enter the Illinois CNA training program of your choice. Most Illinois programs require that you have a high school diploma. Typically, CNA training entails nutrition, anatomy, and infection stability classes.

Step 3

Complete the requirements of the program. At least 75 hours of training and 100 hours of on the job training needs to be completed for those who desired to work in nursing homes. The program can last anywhere from two to five months. Complete coursework in the basics of nursing.

Step 4

Prepare for the competency exam by going to the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale's Nursing aide testing website. This website offers practice exams to help you prepare for the test.

Step 5

Choose a date and a location to take the competency exam from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale's Nurse Aide Testing website. The CNA competency exam tests knowledge on how to handle a patient with an infectious disease, how to collect a urine sample, how to supervise a patient, how to communicate with patient's family, and provide proper nutrition.

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