According to the Illinois Office of Tourism, the region identified as 'Central Illinois' includes the major cities of Springfield, Champaign, Bloomington, Normal and Decatur. In these cities and the surrounding areas, there are a total of seven colleges that offer basic CNA certificate programs. The curricula consist of lectures, laboratory work and clinical experiences. Of these seven, five are offered by private non-profit or public schools.
Danville Area Community College
Danville Area Community College, which is located in Danville, offers a Certified Nurse Assistant Certificate Program that requires seven credit hours of study. Classes in this program provide instruction in basic nursing procedures and the role of a nurse assistant.
Illinois Central College
Located in East Peoria, Illinois Central College offers a Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program that awards graduates a certificate. This 6.5-credit hour program includes courses in CPR and nursing patients with Alzheimer's disease. The program includes lab work and a clinical experience.
Lake Land College
Lake Land College, which is located in Mattoon, offers a Basic Nurse Assisting Program. This is a 1-semester, 8-credit-hour program that provides instruction in lecture and lab formats as well as through a clinical experience. Topics covered include medical terminology, patient observation, performing basic nursing tasks and assisting patients.
Lincoln Land Community College
Situated in Springfield, Lincoln Land Community College offers a Certificate of Completion in Basic Nurse Assistant. This 6.5-credit-hour program includes lectures and clinical experiences.
Parkland College is located in Champaign and enrolls about 9,000 students. The college offers a Nurse Assistant Certificate program that requires six credit hours of study. Students in the program learn how to assist patients with daily living activities, report changes in patient health and observe patients. In addition to lectures, instruction is delivered through hands-on experiences and the use of a human simulator.
Illinois requires that CNAs be certified and listed on a registry. One of the ways to become certified is to complete an approved training program and pass a written exam. Each of the five schools discussed below offers a state-approved training program that prepares graduates to sit for the Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Program exam. A table that outlines tuition rates is also included.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Certified Nurse Aide Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Danville Area Community College||2-year, public; small city*||Certified Nurse Assistant Certificate Program|| $4,875 in-district;
|Illinois Central College||2-year, public; large suburb*||Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program|| $4,500 in-district;
|Lake Land College||2-year, public; distant town*||Basic Nurse Assisting Program|| $4,110 in-district;
|Lincoln Land Community College||2-year, public; midsize city*||Certificate of Completion in Basic Nurse Assistant|| $3,372 in-district;
|Parkland College||2-year, public; small city*||Nurse Assistant Certificate|| $4,920 in-district;
Source: *NCES College Navigator