Since there is no formal certification program run by the state, home health aides have several options for acquiring proper training and certification. The various options and related minimum requirements are as follows:
1. Training: Complete at least 120 training hours and 40 clinical hours. Below are some options for receiving training and certification as a home health aide in illinois.
a. Get certified through the National Association of Home Care and Hospice: The NAHC’s national home health aide certification program includes training, skills evaluation, and a written exam. While this certification is not mandatory, it will assure future employers that you meet national standards for home health aides.
b. Complete a nursing arts course: In addition to the course, 40 hours of supervised clinical training needs to be completed. Check your local vocational school or community college for an accredited nursing arts course.
c. Obtain On-the-job training: Home health agencies must give a minimum of 8 hours of training to all new employees providing in-home care. This will include a competency test after the first 4 hours of training. A home health aide may be exempt from this training if they have completed a similar employer training in the last year and can provide proper documentation. Please note, some agencies may require additional training.
2. Get Approved on the Health Care Worker Registry: Once you have completed the above, you can get approval on the Illinois Health Care Worker Registry. An approved home health aide meets the training requirements of the state and does not have a disqualifying background check. You can access the Health Care Worker Registry by clicking the link below:
3. Equivalent Experience and Training Outside of Illinois:
If you meet one of the following equivalencies, you may be exempt from the above minimum requirements. You will need to provide documentation of one of the below:
a. Registered as a home health aide in another state
b. Completion of U.S. military training program which included Basic Nursing Assistant Training
c. Completion of an approved nursing program in a foreign country
Select Training Schools:
1. City Colleges of Chicago, Malcolm X
The City Colleges of Chicago, Malcolm X offers a Homemaker/Home Health Aide certificate program. This program is nationally accredited by both the National Homecare Council and the Foundation for Hospice and Home Care. You will be prepared as a certified HHA upon successful completion of this program.
Address: 1900 W. Van Buren St, Chicago, IL 60612
2. Career Training Center of Chicago
The Career Training Center of Chicago has a Basic Nursing Assistant Training Program available. A total of 120 hours will give you training to learn the fundamentals of nursing and clinical nursing.
Address: 3525 W Peterson Avenue Suite T21, Chicago, IL 60659-3324
3. Phalnax Family Services
The Phalanx Family Services offer a Basic Nursing Assistants Training Program which prepares you for a career in the home health care field. The courses provided in this program will give you the skills and knowledge to be successful as a home health aide. This program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health
Address: 1201 W. 115th Street, Chicago, IL 60643
4. Northwestern Institute of Health and Technology
6 week program for $1,000.00
Address: 4641 N. ASHLAND AVE, Chicago , IL 60640
5. Solex College
8 week program for $1,000.00
Address: 350 E. Dundee Rd., Ste 200, Wheeling, IL 60090
6. Chicago Community Learning Center
8 week program for $1,600.00
Address: 4753 N. Broadway, Suite 602, Chicago, IL 60640
7. Triton College
12 week program for $600.00
Addess: 2000 N. Fifth Avenue, River Grove, IL 60171
8. Career Training Center of Chicago
5 week program for $800.00
Address: 3525 N. Peterson, Chicago, IL 60659
9. Cynda Training and Educational Center
6 week program for $800.00
Address: 14930 S. Cicero Ave, Suite 1B, Oak Forest, IL 60452
10. Truman College
10 week program for $1,260.00
Address: 1145 West Wilson Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
11. Wilbur Wright College
10 week program for $600.00
Address: 4300 N Narragansett Ave, Chicago, IL 60634
12. Healthcare Inservices Inc.
8 week program for $950.00
Address: 450 E 22nd Street , STE 161, Lombard, IL 60148
13. Moraine Valley Community College
10 week program for $1,000.00
Ad9dress: 000 College Drive, Palos Hills, IL 60465-0937
14. Esther's Choice Inc.
6 week program for $800.00
Address; 14930 S. Cicero Ave, Suite 1B, Oak Forest, IL 60452
15. South Suburban College
8 week program for $1,299.00
Address: 15800 S State St., South Holland, IL 60473
16. Malcolm X College
9 week program for $900.00
Address: 1900 West Van Buren Street, Chicago, IL 60612
17. Prairie State College
8 week program for $2,000.00
Address: 202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL 60411
18. Beck Area Career Center
8 week program for $800.00
Address: 6137 Beck RD, Red Bud, IL 62278
19. Hugs Inc.
6 week program for $700.00
Address: 19112 Burnham, Lansing, IL 60438
20. Five County Regional Adult Education Program
10 week program for $100.00
Address: 1102 West 10th Street, Metropolis, IL 62960
Some of the top HHA Agencies are as follows:
1. Agile Home Health Care
Address: 3601 W DEVON SUITE 101, Chicago, IL 60659
2. Divine Home Health Care
Address: 6802 S TALMAN AVE, Chicago, IL 60629
3. Essex Home Health Services, In
Address: 8018 S. ESSEX SUITE 2N, Chicago, IL 60617
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Approximately 32,300 people were employed as Home health aides in Illinois in 2015.
Hourly Rate - Home health aides earned between $8.97/hour and $14.71/hour in 2015 (average rate was $11.36/hour)
Annual Salary - The annual salary ranged between $18,650 and $30,590 (average annual wage was $23,640)
Source - Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Illinois Department of Public Health is responsible for regulating Illinois home health providers. However, Illinois does not offered a state-administered test or training program for home health aides.
Instead, home health aides are expected to receive training independently through one of several options, and then gain approval through the state’s home health worker registry. You can access the Health Worker Registry by clicking the link below: