CNA Programs in Chicago with School, Training and Course Info

Nov 07, 2018

There are at least 22 schools in the Chicago area that have nursing assistant classes or programs. Read an overview of programs, requirements and admission info at two schools within 15 miles of downtown and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Chicago Schools with Nursing Assistant Programs

Students wishing to become certified or basic nursing assistants (CNA or BNA) have a few options in the Chicago area. This article explores two schools about 20 minutes from downtown and looks at the programs they offer. Both of these training programs prepare students to take the Illinois CNA competency exam. After passing this exam, CNAs can have their names added to the Health Care Worker Registry, which is required to work as a CNA in Illinois.

This article also features a table of pertinent information, such as school size and costs. At the end of the article is a little information on other area schools that offer nursing assistant instruction.

  • City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S. Truman College offers a basic nursing assistant program with flexible class times. It is about eight miles from downtown.
  • Morton College offers a CNA certificate program open to eligible candidates as young as 16. Morton College is about 11 miles from the city center.

Comparison of Schools

Prospective nursing assistant students can use the following information to compare schools and decide which would be the best fit for them.

City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S. Truman College Morton College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 8,186 4,387
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)* $3,506 for in-district students
$8,126 for in-state students
$11,906 for out-of-state students
$4,116 for in-district students
$8,212 for in-state students
$10,260 for out-of-state students
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)* 73% 68%
Acceptance Rate Open admissions Open admissions
Retention Rate (2017)* 57% for full-time students, 34% for part-time students 75% for full-time students, 57% for part-time students
Graduation Rate (students beginning in 2014)* 18% (17% transfer-out rate) 24% (13% transfer-out rate)

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S. Truman College, ***Morton College

City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S. Truman College

The basic nursing assistant (BNA) program at City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S. Truman is one of several health career programs offered through the Truman College Continuing Education department. Students in the health career programs may have to pay additional fees for supplies and criminal background checks in addition to the program tuition.

Basic Nursing Assistant (BNA)

Formerly known as Certified Nursing Assistant - CNA, the BNA program offers students a certificate to work as a nursing assistant. The 8-credit course that must be taken is the BNA Fundamentals/Clinical, which is a combination clinical and lecture-style course. Students learn to provide basic nursing care to patients, while developing interpersonal and communication skills. CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is also included in the curriculum. In addition to having a valid social security card, applicants must take a placement test or have completed college English and math.

Morton College

The second oldest college in Illinois, Morton College has been providing students with academic options for more than 85 years. Morton College offers a wide range of educational programs that include career certificates and various associate degree programs.

Nurse Assisting Career Certificate

This program prepares students for the state CNA exam. The curriculum includes classroom lectures and clinical education at local facilities. Applicants must be at least 16 years old and must submit to criminal background checks and fingerprinting. They must also provide proof of CPR for Healthcare Provider certifications, physical examinations, drug tests and current immunizations.

Other School Options

City Colleges of Chicago also offers the BNA program at the Malcolm X, Olive-Harvey, Richard J. Daley and Wilbur Wright campuses.

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