Illinois Nurse Aide Competency

C.N.A. Exam

Illinois Nurse Assistance Exam

Once students have successfully completed NUR 100 Basic Nurse Assistant Training, they are eligible to take the Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Exam to become certified on the Illinois State Nurse Aide Registry. The test consists of 85 multiple choice questions and has a 90 minute time limit. The questions are based on the Illinois state approved test plan. Content topics include:

  • Communicating Information
  • Performing Basic Nursing Skills
  • Performing Personal Care Skills
  • Performing Basic Restorative Skills
  • Providing Mental Health and Social Service Needs
  • Providing Residents' Rights



If you have a learning or physical disability that would prevent you from taking the exam under standard conditions, you may request testing accommodation(s). Your instructor or program coordinator will need to contact the SIU Nurse Aide Testing Program in writing. Requests for accommodations must be made to SIU Nurse Aide Testing Program at least 30 days prior to testing.

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