Frequently Asked Questions

I'm interested in your Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program, where do I start/ what do I do?

If you are new to College of DuPage, you should start by talking to an Admissions Representative at (630) 942-2626.

If you have taken classes here before, you should start by attending an Advising Session; these are posted online.

When do my health requirements need to be completed in order to register for the CNA Program?

All health requirements must be completed before you can register for the program. The TB test and drug screen must be completed within 90 days of the start of the class; dates are posted on the CNA web page.

If I have a composite 20 on my ACT, do I need to take the reading placement test for the CNA Program?

A composite 20 on the ACT will satisfy the reading requirement only.

My CNA certification has lapsed, how can I become re-certified?

If a nurse aide is in good standing with no findings of abuse, neglect or theft and has not worked for pay in the nursing-related services for 12 consecutive months or more, he/she may be able to re-certify by either retraining and testing or testing only. Contact the Illinois Department of Public Health at (217) 785-5133 for re-certification information. Or you may contact Martha Hann at or Gloria Kas at

Can I work as a CNA in Illinois if my certification is from another state?

Yes, as long as you meet the requirements set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

      • Have been deemed competent on another state's registry for CNAs.
      • Meet Illinois CNA employer requirements

Do I need to take a CNA course if I was a Medic in the military?

Not if you meet the requirements set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  

      • Proof of completion/ evidence of experience
      • Proof of employment authorization
      • Pass written competency test

Can I get financial aid for the CNA Program?

Yes, if your intended field of study is the A.D.N. Program. Click here for eligibility details.  Additional information can be found on the Understanding your Financial Aid page. Or, you can call the Financial Aid Office at (630) 942-2251. 

What age is required to participate in a Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program (CNATP) in the state of Illinois?

Participants in an Illinois Department of Public Health approved CNATP must be at least 16 years of age. Certain employers may not hire you until you are at least 18. 


Contact Information

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please

  1. Attend an advising session
  2. Visit a Health Career Program Advisor by calling (630) 942-2259 to make an appointment.
  3. For information or general inquiries, please send an email to (Please use above phone number only to schedule an appointment. Do not send an appointment request to this email).

Feedback/compliments/concerns regarding this Health Science Program. For general inquiries, please use contact information listed above.

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425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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