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About the Program

Become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) with FREE Training from Norridge Gardens.

Opportunity for Free Training

This is your opportunity to get your nursing education for free as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in the Greater Chicago Area. This Free CNA training program is a work-school program. In addition to receiving free education, you must work part time at Norridge Gardens until you graduate.  After graduation, with quality grades, you receive a full-time guaranteed position as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Norridge Gardens in Norridge, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, on a shift that is available.

Best of the Best

Expert work-study training is provided at Norridge Gardens. Be one of the honored caregivers for someone’s loved one. Care, compassion of the heart, and empathy are requirements. We seek only the best of the best of those who want to make a difference in the lives of our residents. If you succeed, you will become a part of the healthcare team at Norridge Gardens and build your career at a quality skilled nursing facility.

Apply online below or download the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) career application and fax your completed application to Norridge Gardens at (708)457-8852, or you can visit our Welcome Desk at 7001 W. Cullom Avenue, Norridge, IL 60706-7100.

Requirements and Process

Requirements to apply:

  • High school diploma or G.E.D
  • Any type of work experience that is able to provide a reference
  • Must be a legal resident of the United States
  • Be willing to take a random drug screen
  • Pass a Health Care Worker Background Check required by Illinois Department of Public Health

If you meet the requirements, you may apply and complete the following:

  1. Application
  2. Questionnaire
  3. Write a paragraph explaining why you should be chosen for our School/Work Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training Program.

Please do not contact us. We will contact you if necessary for an interview. If selected to interview for free CNA training, you will be asked to take a premath test. If selected for the nursing program you must attend the whole program, including the employment training, and maintain a grade average to become certified. Employment is guaranteed only for whatever shift is available at that time. The process of shift availability must be understood at the beginning of the training in order to participate.

Are you already an experienced Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?

Norridge Gardens is looking for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) with experience. If you have your certification, please apply here.

Download the Application

You MUST fill out both parts to be considered.

CNA Work-Study Application (PART 1)

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CNA Training Program Application (PART 2)

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CNA Work-Study Application

  1. Fields marked with a * are required.
  2. Applicants may login to save and continue their form later by clicking "Save Progress" at the bottom of the page.
  3. Incomplete forms will be removed after seven (7) days.

If you would like to include a resume, please upload it here.

If you would like to include a cover letter, please upload it here.

Personal Information

Current Address

Permanent Address

If we cannot reach you at any of the above numbers, how may we contact you?

Employment Desired

First Choice

Second Choice

Third Choice


High School


Vocational or Business

Professional Education

Laboratory or X-Ray Training

Military Service

Employment Record

Alternate Name

If your former employment references, education, or military service are under a name other than indicated on this application, please indicate below.


Include at least two personal references not related to you, whom you have known for at least one year.

Professional Licenses and/or Certifications


If your availability changes, it is your responsibility to fill in an "Availability Card" indicating the changes.  Such changes will be effective, then, for any future employment.

I understand that emergency conditions may require me to temporarily work shifts other than the one for which I am applying and agree to such scheduling change as directed by my department head or administrator of this institution.

Hours of Availability

Employment Understanding

This institution does not discriminate in hiring or any other decision on the basis of race, color, sex, citizenship, national origin, ancestry, Vietnam era veteran status, or on the basis of age or physical or mental disability unrelated to ability to perform the work required. No question on this application is intended to secure information to be used for such discrimination.

I voluntarily give this institution the right to make a thorough investigation of my past employment and activities, agree to cooperate in such investigation and release from all liability or responsibility all persons, companies or corporations supplying such information. I consent to take the physical examination, and such future physical examinations as may be required by this institution at such times and places as the institution shall designate. I understand that an offer of employment may be contingent on passing the physical examination which relates to the essential duties I would be required to perform.

I understand that my employment is at will, and that either party is free to terminate the employment relationship at any time without cause. I also understand that my employment may be terminated for any misstatement or omission of fact appearing on this application form.

If employed, I will be required to complete an Employment Verification Form (I-9), and within three days show satisfactory evidence of identity and eligibility for employment.

By typing my name in the space below (which shall constitute my signature), I confirm that the information provided above is accurate to the best of my knowledge.

CNA Training Application

  1. Fields marked with a * are required.
  2. Applicants may login to save and continue their form later by clicking "Save Progress" at the bottom of the page.
  3. Incomplete forms will be removed after seven (7) days.

Drug Testing Policy

I understand that I must take and pass a drug/alcohol test in order to be employed by Norridge Gardens. I also understand that I may choose to refuse to take such a test, but that my refusal will preclude me from being hired.

I understand that if I choose to be tested:

  • I will have to provide a urine specimen at a date and time determined by the facility and must cooperate with the facility’s normal collection procedures;
  • My specimen will be sent to a laboratory chosen by the facility and tested for illegal drugs as defined by facility policy, and alcohol;
  • If the lab finds no evidence of drug/alcohol use in my urine, I will have passed the test;
  • If the lab finds evidence of drug/alcohol use, an MRO will make reasonable efforts to contact me to offer me an opportunity to rebut or explain my test results. If I rebut or explain the results to the satisfaction of the MRO, I will be treated as if I passed the test;
  • If I do not satisfactorily rebut or explain any evidence of drug/alcohol use, the MRO will disclose my results to the facility and I will not be hired.

Background Check Policy

It is the policy of this facility to require a drug/alcohol screening for all applicants once the facility has made an offer of employment.

It is also the policy of this facility to perform a criminal background check through the Illinois State Police on all newly hired employees.

At its discretion, this facility may hire you on a conditional basis, for a period of up to three (3) months, in order to complete this background check. If the results of this criminal background check indicate that you may have been convicted on any of the following 27 specific crimes, your employment will be terminated immediately. If you do not agree with the accuracy of the State Police background check, you have the option of submitting a set of fingerprints to the State Police for a second and more accurate check. If your record is cleared through the fingerprint-based records check, you may then reapply to this facility for employment.

  1. Murder, homicide, manslaughter or concealment of a homicidal death
  2. Kidnapping or child abduction
  3. Unlawful restraint or forcible detention
  4. Assault, battery or infliction of great bodily harm
  5. Sexual assault or sexual abuse
  6. Abuse or gross neglect of a long term care facility or resident
  7. Criminal neglect of an elderly or disabled person
  8. Theft, financial exploitation of an elderly or disabled person, robbery or burglary
  9. Criminal trespass
  10. Arson
  11. Unlawful use of weapons or aggravated discharge of a firearm
  12. Manufacture, delivery or trafficking of cannabis
  13. Manufacture, delivery or trafficking of controlled substances
  14. Solicitation of murder; solicitation of murder for hire
  15. Indecent solicitation of a child; sexual exploitation of a child; exploitation of a child; child pornography
  16. Heinous battery; tampering with food, drugs or cosmetics
  17. Aggravated stalking
  18. Home invasion
  19. Endangering the life or health of a child
  20. Ritual mutilation, ritualized abuse of a child
  21. Forgery
  22. Vehicular hijacking; aggravated vehicular hijacking; aggravated robbery
  23. Reckless discharge of a firearm
  24. Armed violence
  25. Section 4 of the “Wrongs to Children Act”
  26. Cruelty to Children
  27. Delivery of cannabis on school grounds, delivery to a person under the age of 18; violation by person under 18


Please answer the following questions by circling yes or no, so that we may process your application quickly.

Preferred Shift

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Application Essay

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Allowed filetypes: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, .odt

Submit Application

The length of our program lasts about 2 months. Please note that you cannot take the state competency exam without first taking an approved Certified Nursing Assistant Program Course which Norridge Gardens offers.

Thank you for applying at Norridge Gardens. We will be contacting you if necessary for a follow up personal interview for possible acceptance into this class. Please make sure your phone number on this application is correct.