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Frequently Asked Questions

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 completing the online Advising Session; these are posted online.

All health requirements must be completed before you can register for the program. The QuantiFERON TB Gold test and drug screen must be completed according to the dates are posted on the CNA homepage.

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

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 hannma@cod.edu or Gloria Kas at kasglo@cod.edu.

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

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

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.

Program Contact Information

Please visit the Program Contacts page for detailed information.