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Certified Nursing Assistant CNA State Exam
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Illinois Department of Public Health

Southern Illinois University

Nurse Aide Testing Coordinators


Basic Nursing Assistant Training Program BNATP
(For Certified Nursing Assistant CNA's)
State Exam Information


ICI's CNA program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health


After successful completion of ICI's CNA Program, the CNA graduate is eligible to sit for the Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Written Examination. 

ICI will Submit Academic Information

In having successfully completed ICI's Illinois state approved training program, ICI will electronically submit your required information to Illinois Nurse Assistant Competency Exam (INACE) program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Nurse Aide Testing Project.

Student Online Verification Requirements

You will then receive an email that directs you to the website where you will do the following:

  • Verify Your Eligibility

  • Create Account

  • Purchase Seat For Testing

CNA Testing Sites

There are approximately 50 test sites across Illinois where you can take your CNA State Exam.


CNA Testing Format

An ICI CNA Student may select the following Formats for testing:

  • Paper-Based Test (PBT)

  • Computer-Based Test (CBT)

These testing types vary depending on site being tested at.

CNA Test Availability| Expiration |Re-Take 

A qualified applicant to take the CNA state exam will have 12 months from the program completion date in order to pass the Illinois Nurse Assistant / Aide Competency Exam. If you fail the CNA state exam three times, you must re-take a CNA training program.


Register For CNA State Exam Here

CNA Illinois State Exam | Nurse aide Sample Test

Click Here To Take a Sample Test

CNA Illinois Re-certification

Online Form Click Here


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(Also Known as Basic Nursing Assistant Training Program BNA)


ICI's CNA training program in Chicago, Illinois provides a 120 clock hour course, consisting of 80 hours of theory and 40 hours of clinical as required by the State of Illinois for certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant.  The CNA classes prepare students to understand and master their roles and responsibilities as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), in both the clinical facility and residential home setting.


Our CNA classes in Illinois, provide the students with the knowledge and skills needed to provide basic nursing care for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and private homes\ other health care facilities.  Our CNA school is located near Chicago in the Suburb of Lincolnwood, Illinois.  The Certified Nursing Assistant CNA certification course provides lecture/discussion, supervised laboratory sessions, and actual clinical experience.


The Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program is a 4 to 10-week program that prepares students into their roles and responsibilities as nursing assistants in long term care facilities and other health care settings. Through lecture/discussion, supervised laboratory and actual clinical experience, students are provided with the knowledge and skills needed to provide basic nursing care for patients in various health care facilities.


Students are eligible to take the Illinois Nurse Aide Written Competency Exam after successful completion of the program. The BNATP is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).


This course follows the BNATP Model Program of IDPH The curriculum is designed to provide the students with knowledge and skills necessary to perform entry-level tasks of an IL Certified Nursing Assistant in the following clusters: communicating information, performing basic nursing skills, performing personal care skills, providing basic restorative skills, mental health, social services, and residents’ rights.

List of Some Topics within CNA Course


Patient/Resident Rights

The Role & Responsibilites of the Health Care Team

Legal Issues for Nursing Staff pertaining to the CNA

Medical Terminology

Infection Control

Medical Unit Environment -Safety & Proper Body Mechanics

Emergencies: CPR Certification

Communication SKills

Documentation Skills

Patient Care: Vital Signs, bathing, dressing, moving patients, feeding, oral care, grooming skills, patient room upkeep

CNA Admission Requirements

CNA Program Information

Helpful Links for CNA Books

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