Basic Nurse Assistant (CNA)
Clinical Laboratory Assistant
Computer Technology (for Healthcare)
Dialysis Technician
Electrocardiogram Technician (EKG/ECG)
Medical Billing and Coding
Medical Clinical Assistant
Mental Health Worker/Psychiatric Aide
Occupational Therapy Aide  
Pharmacy Technician
Phlebotomy Technician
Physical Therapy Aide
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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1. Are you certified or approved and if so by whom?

ELIM'S curricula are approved by Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE)-PBVS Division and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Certification examinations are from the National Center of Competency Testing (NCCT), National Phlebotomy Association (NPA), and National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

2. What are your hours of operation?

Office Hours are:
    Mon.- Fri.: 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m-7:30 p.m.

3. What are the registration hours?

Registration Hours are:
    Mon.-Fri.: 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m-7:30 p.m.

4. What are the entrance requirements at registration?

There are four areas we need to cover, verification of identity, education, physical status, and registration fee. Please note the following details for verification of each requirement:
  1. Identity:
      Please bring two forms of identification with one being photo identification, the following are acceptable: Driver's License, State ID Card, Library Card, Voter's Registration Card, Birth Certificate, and/or Passport
      Please bring your social security card to confirm social security number
  2. Education:
      Please bring a copy of your high school diploma, GED, or official transcript unless still attending high school
      in some cases ELIM will administer a basic entrance exam to verify an applicant's comprehension and ability to operate at a minimum of a 9-10th grade level.
  3. Physical Status
      ELIM will require a physical to confirm physical condition in order to participate in the clinical component of certain courses.
  4. Registration Fee
      Please bring your $100.00 non-refundable registration fee in the form of money order or certified check. We do not accept cash or personal checks and apologize for any inconvenience. The registration fee will be applied towards your tuition.

5. What classes do you offer?

ELIM offers the following classes:
  • Basic Nurse Assistant (CNA)
  • Clinical Lab Assistant/Phlebotomist
  • Computer Technology (for Healthcare)
  • Dialysis Technician
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG Technician)
  • Medical Billing & Coding Specialist
  • Medical Clinical Assistant
  • Mental Health Worker/Psychiatric Aide
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Patient Care Technician I (CNA, EKG, Phlebotomy)
  • Patient Care Tech II (CNA, Dialysis, Phlebotomy)
  • Physical Therapy Aide
At times ELIM will offer various combinations and stand alone courses based on student demand, i.e. CNA/Phlebotomy is offered or Clinical Lab Assistant is offer by itself. Please check with ELIM for various options.

6. What are the time and days of the classes?

ELIM offers classes at various times including mornings and evenings. ELIM strives to accommodate our students' needs.

7. How long are the classes?

Classes vary in length based on frequency of attendance. The following is the approximate length for each course:
Basic Nurse Assistant (CNA) 5 weeks
6½ weeks
or 7 ½ weeks
Clinical Lab Assistant/Phlebotomist 18 weeks
Computer Technology (for Healthcare) 22 weeks
Dialysis Technician 11 weeks
Electrocardiogram (EKG Technician) 11 weeks
Medical Billing & Coding Specialist 16 weeks
Medical Clinical Assistant 27 weeks
or 32 weeks
Mental Health Worker/Psychiatric Aide 15 weeks
Pharmacy Technician 11 weeks
Phlebotomy Technician 11 weeks
or 15 weeks
Patient Care Technician I (CNA, EKG, Phlebotomy) 29 ½ weeks
Patient Care Tech II (CNA, Dialysis, Phlebotomy) 29 ½ weeks
Physical Therapy Aide 7 ½ weeks

8. Do you have to wear scrub uniforms to class?

Yes, however the color is up to the student's discretion. Additionally, name tags are provided and must be worn.

9. Do you accept Pell or MAPA Grants?


10. What kind of financial aid do you offer?

We offer financial assistance when donated funds are available.

11. Do you offer job placement assistance?

Yes, we do offer job placement assistance. We assist with resume writing and enhancing interviewing skills. In some cases, internships and externships are offered. Job placement, however, is not guaranteed.

12. Where are you located and are you near a bus line and/or Metra?

1820 Ridge Rd., Suite 300-301. Homewood, IL 60430
Click on the map to get directions.

The closest major intersection to the school is Dixie Highway and Ridge Road. It is convenient to use the bus line to get to the school-use bus line #352. If riding Metra, the Homewood exit at Hardwood and Ridge Road is closest.

13. Are your course hours transferable to another school?

It depends on the situation, since ELIM is a private vocational center. Colleges will accept our CNA course if the student has passed the state exam and their name appears on the Healthcare Workers Registry. Please contact the institution to which you would like to transfer hours to gain a better understanding of their transfer policies.

14. How do I reapply for State Exams if I missed a test?

Our ELIM advisors will work with you to resolve this issue, please contact your advisor.
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