Special Test Accommodations

Requesting Special Needs Testing Conditions

Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Exam centers will provide special needs testing to applicants who qualify. To request a special needs exam, the Nurse Assistant (NA) training program instructor/coordinator must prepare a cover letter stating the accommodations requested along with the official documentation of the learning disability. For your convenience, a form is included in this document to make formal request.

Special needs disability documentation must be from a person who has the background and training to make a determination of the special needs required (i.e. school’s special needs counselor, resource services coordinator, medical professional/specialist, etc.). Examples of acceptable special testing needs/conditions documentation would include: a student’s IEP (Individualized Education Plan), documentation of special needs services received from an educational institution, or documentation of physical disabilities such as vision or hearing problems. Special needs testing requests must be typed on official letterhead and signed and dated by the professional submitting the documentation, and must specifically state what the special needs disability is and what accommodations are required. Special needs requests would include oral exams (electronic media), reader (live person), extended time, separate
testing area, enlarged type, etc.

Nurse Aide instructors are not considered to have had the training to determine special needs testing. Special needs testing requests and documentation must be sent to SIUC Nurse Assistant Testing office for approval of special needs testing conditions. Applicants will not be scheduled for special needs testing until approval from the SIUC Nurse Aide Testing Project is granted. Submitting the requests as early as possible will help assure that proper accommodations are arranged for the testing time requested. There is no additional charge for approved special needs accommodations.

NOTE: English as a second language is not recognized as a special needs disability by the Illinois Department of Public Health and does not qualify the individual for special needs accommodations. Individuals who are working in primarily English speaking facilities are expected to be able to read and speak English fluently, and are required to take the Illinois Nurse Aide competency Exam in English.

Please submit special needs requests and special needs disability documentation to the SIU Nurse Aide Testing Project as early as possible to through the online process, email to wednat@siu.edu, or fax to 618-453-4300.