The two institutions which offer CNA training in Chicago are Wilbur Wright College and Harold Washington College. CNA graduates are eligible to take the Illinois Nurse Aide Certification exam.

Harold Washington College

HWC is a part of City Colleges of Chicago. The CNA training program is one of the many certificate programs the college offers.

CNA Basic Certificate

Harold Washington’s CNA training program is a combination of clinical nursing and lab work. It’s divided into two classes a week during the evening or in the day. Clinical training with supervision and cardiopulmonary resuscitation is included in the CNA training program. The duration of the course is about 12-13 weeks. 

Applicants should agree to a background check, a comprehension test and a physical exam before admitting themselves to the program. CNA graduates must pass all the written exams to be listed as certified nursing assistants in the “Health Care Worker Registry” 

Wilbur Wright College

It is a college with many campuses spread across the country. It offers a CNA certificate program for students interested in a career in nursing. The CNA training program offered by WWC has the necessary license given by the Illinois Department of Public Health. 

CNA certificate program

WWC’S CNA training program contains nursing coursework, laboratory work and on-site training with supervision. It is offered at the primary campus and at the vocational center at Humboldt Park. 

Candidates need to pass a reading test and a criminal background check before enrolling for the CNA training program. They also need to give proof of their immunizations and also need to have a valid social security number. The course is conducted on weekdays, evenings and weekends.  It is offered three times in a year. 

Other than these two colleges there are several nursing homes, community centers and the American Red Cross offering CNA training programs in Chicago.

CNA training classes in Chicago train you from the basics to the more important skills required. You are also trained in handling medical instruments and medical procedures. Patient and doctor assistance is also an integral part of the CNA training program. 

Sixteen hours is devoted to clinical training out of the minimum forty hours allotted for the total CNA training program. 

Here is a list of a few institutions offering CNA training in Chicago:

Career Training Center of Chicago


Resurrection Health Care


American Red Cross of Greater Chicago


Chicago Community Learning Center


The following healthcare centers hire nurses and then gives them CNA training. You need to work for them after completing the training

Glencrest Nursing and Rehab


Competent Health Care