Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) & Health Care Resource Training Programs

The Polish American Association's Certified Nurse Assistant Training Program is 14 weeks long and consists of 150 hours (100 hours of theory and 50 hours of clinical practice) in the basic principles and procedures of patient care. Clinical experience is obtained in a long term care setting (nursing home/ hospital). The program prepares students to give personal care to patients by helping them meet basic human needs for everyday living.  The program's instructors are Registered Nurses (RN), licensed in Illinois.

The program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health's Training and Technical Direction Unit for Long Term Care Field Operations. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are assisted in taking the Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Examination. Passing this exam is a requirement of becoming a Certified Nursing Aide, licensed to a practice as a nursing assistant all over the state.

Upon successful passing of the state exam students can also take advantage of  the Health Care Resource Training Program, which includes Physical Rehabilitation Aide training (PRA) and CPR. This training is 36 hours long and is conducted over three consecutive weekends.

Students may additionally participate in PAA's ESL classes, contextualized for the medical field, learn to write a resume, and learn interviewing skills.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

Requirements for the training funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity as well as by the Illinois Community College Board:

  • Complete an application form
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Provide a copy of a photo ID and Social Security card
  • Complete a criminal background check form
  • Pass the English skills test
  • Physical exam
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.A.
  • Must live in Illinois
  • Have a low income status*

Requirements for the training funded by the City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services as well as by the Illinois Community College Board:

  • Complete an application form
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Provide a copy of a photo ID and Social Security card
  • Complete a criminal background check form
  • Pass the English skills test
  • Physical exam
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.A.
  • Must live in the City of Chicago
  • Have a low or moderate income status*

(*Please call the PAA for the current income eligibility figures.)

Students receive the textbook and other materials free of charge. We provide placement assistance, which includes teaching job search and job readiness skills, as well as finding jobs for participants and placing them into unsubsidized employment. We follow up our student's employment after 30, 60 and 90 consecutive days of employment. Confirmation forms are signed by the employer.

If an applicant does not meet the income eligibility or residency requirements for the free CNA training, the PAA offers paid classes:

The total cost of the CNA program (150 hours) is $950

  • The cost of tuition is $ 740
  • The Criminal Background Check is $40
  • Misc. expenses: $70
  • The "Long - Term Care Assistants" by Mosby's textbook is $100

PAY FOR CNA TRAINING PROGRAM ONLINE USING CREDIT CARD

Please note that students MUST be accepted into the program or class before making a payment .

The online payment transaction is fast, convenient and secure. Click the "Pay Now" button below.

If an applicant does not meet the income eligibility or residency requirements for the free Health Care Resource training, the PAA offers paid classes:

The total cost of the Health Care Resource Training Program is $295

  • The PRA (Physical Rehabilitation Aide) training is $250.00
  • The CPR training is $45.00

Payment must be received in full before classes begin.  We accept cash,checks, or money orders. For more information, please call (773) 282-1122 ext. 403 or 401

PAY FOR PRA TRAINING PROGRAM ONLINE WITH CREDIT CARD ($250)

Please note that students MUST be accepted into the program or class before making a payment .

The online payment transaction is fast, convenient and secure. Click the "Pay Now" button below.

PAY FOR CPR TRAINING PROGRAM ONLINE WITH CREDIT CARD ($45)

Please note that students MUST be accepted into the program or class before making a payment .

The online payment transaction is fast, convenient and secure. Click the "Pay Now" button below.

The following health care institutions participate in PAA Employment Training Partnership:

  • Whitehall of Deerfield
  • Gross Pointe Manor
  • Bella Terra Morton Grove
  • Norridge HealthCare & Rehabilitation Centre
  • Northshore University Health System
  • CJE Senior Life
  • Gottlib Memorial Hospital
  • Manor Care Health Services
  • Advocate Health Care
  • Central Baptist Village
  • Fairmont Care
  • Presence Resurrection Life Center


The school is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (www.ibhe.org).

The Polish American Association is not accredited with a U.S. Department of Education recognized accrediting body.

Complaints, which cannot be resolved by direct negotiation with the School in accordance to our written grievance policy, may be filed with the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), 1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333, Springfield, IL 62701 or at complaints.ibhe.org/.