Nursing assistants/aides working in licensed and or certified skilled
nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities and home health agencies must
be certified. Certification is achieved primarily by successfully completing a
state-approved nursing assistant training program, a competency test covering
21 mandated manual skills and a written competency test. Illinois does accept
several equivalencies, with proper documentation, such as reciprocity for
persons whose names are on other states’ nurse aide registries and whose
certification is current and in good standing, student nurses, foreign nurses
and those with specific military medical training. Individuals with any of the
above equivalencies are required to take a written competency test.
All nursing assistants, including those employed by intermediate care
facilities for the developmentally disabled and home health aides, must be
listed on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Nurse Aide Registry.
Training programs for developmental disability aides are coordinated by the
Illinois Department of Human Services.
Nurse aides are placed on the Illinois Nurse Aide Registry after meeting the
required training and competency testing criteria or equivalency criteria and
undergoing a criminal background check. The Health Care Worker Background Check
Act requires health care employers to conduct Illinois State Police criminal
history record checks on employees who have responsibility for direct care and
who are not otherwise licensed by the Illinois Department of Professional
Regulation or the Department of Public Health. In long-term care facilities,
the law primarily applies to certified nurse aides. As the result of criminal
history record checks, persons with disqualifying
convictions in any of 28 areas may not work in a position having direct
care responsibilities without a waiver issued by the Department.
A facility must contact the Department to verify a nurse aide’s
registry status prior to employment. Verifications can be made by phone or mail
or through this Web site.
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Approved Training Programs
How to Become a CNA