Certified Nurse Assistant

class pictureThe Urbana Adult Education Center (UAEC) holds two CNA classes during the Fall semester and two CNA classes during the Spring semester.  CNA classes are not offered during the summer.

The classroom phase of the CNA class is 5 ½ to 6 weeks, depending on holidays.  Any day(s) absent due to inclement weather (i.e. snow days) must be made up per Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines.

Classes are held at Carle Hospital Conference West B facility from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The clinical rotation of the class is the last 11 days, 8:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The next CNA class is scheduled to begin in August 2018 and graduate in October 2018 (specific dates TBA). The official application for the August 2018 CNA class will be available in July 2018. If you are interested in applying for our August 2018 CNA class, you may view a sample application (below), or stop by our office to pick up a sample. Remember to check back this summer for the official application!

CNA Application SAMPLE 2018

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  • The CNA student must have graduated from an accredited high school or have passed the GED.
  • Students must be at least eighteen (18) years of age by the time the clinical portion of the class starts. (OSHA regulation)
  • Official transcript from CNA student’s high school, or the official GED test scores. If CNA student has a college degree, please bring those college transcripts instead.
  • Current state photo ID or driver’s license. If the address is not current, please bring a utility bill or another piece of mail with the CNA student’s current address.
  • Test at a minimum of a 9th grade Reading and Math level.
  • Students will need to show proof of immunizations including MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Varicella, Rubeola, and Influenza.
  • No felonies or misdemeanors which would prevent the CNA student from working as a CNA in Illinois, and the student cannot be on probation or parole. Criminal histories DO NOT expire.  If the student has any questions about anything on his/her record, please call the Illinois Department of Public Health at 217-785-5133, and check the list of disqualifying convictions .
  • If the CNA student requires a waiver of his/her criminal history, he/she will need to complete a healthcare worker waiver application.  The student must be approved and have the approval letter with him/her when he/she applies for the class. DO NOT bring us the waiver application.  Send the waiver application to the Illinois Department of Public Health. They will return a fingerprinting form with information about what to do. The decision regarding the waiver is made by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  This is a six to eight-week process.
  • Pregnant students need a note from their doctor clearing them for the heavy lifting involved during the Clinical phase of the course.

Non-refundable fees:

  • $7.00 student application fee.
  •  After selection and prior to admission, a fee of $600.00 (full amount) or $300.00 (1st installment–non-refundable) is required at Fingerprint/Background check.
  •  The student will have 2 weeks after the first payment to make the second installment of $300.00 fee. 

 Included in fee:

  •  A 2-step TB Test must be administered before Fingerprint Day. You will be required to bring proof that the test was administered. The 2-step TB tests performed within one year prior to the clinical portion of the class is acceptable.
  • Our clinical sites require a 10 panel rapid drug test which will be administered after the mid-term exam.
  • After graduation, the cost for the Illinois Nurse Assistant/Aide Competency Exam is included in the class fee.

 Need for Labs/Clinical

  •  For all classroom labs and the clinical portion of the CNA Program, you will need the following: scrubs, white shoes, and a watch with a second hand. Scrub colors are included in the application packet.  These are not included in the class fee.



On January 1, 2017, the Illinois Department of Public Health approved an increase in testing fees to cover the credit card transaction cost that is incurred for each transaction that is processed for purchasing a seat. Effective July 1, 2017, the Illinois Nurse Assistant/Aide Testing Project at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will be instituting the increase in testing fees as detailed below.

The adjusted fees are as follows:

A fee of $67 per test will be collected from each Candidate taking the test for the first time.
A fee of $36 will be collected from a Candidate who has failed the exam during the previous twelve months.
A fee of $26 will be collected from a Candidate to re-schedule a ‘No Show” exam.
A fee of $47 will be collected for language translation on approved non-English exams. This is in addition to the test fee (i.e. a first time tester who is approved for a translated exam would pay (67+47=$114) or a retake of a failed translated exam would cost (36+47=$83)



Frequently asked questions list about the CNA program in Illinois.


For classes in Illinois, http://www.cnaclasses.org/cna-training/cna-classes-in-illinois/

State Exam Information, including a sample test: http://www.nurseaidetesting.com/