Note: this class does not break for lunch

  • RNs in community residential settings of 16 or fewer persons with developmental disabilities (i.e., CILA, ICF/DD, etc.) funded or licensed by the DHS and/or licensed by IDPH. 
  • RNs interested in working in residential DD settings.
  • Based on space availability, agency directors, administrators or QIDPs.
  • Unencumbered Illinois professional nurse license
  • 2 years of professional nursing clinical experience within the last 5 years preferably in the field of developmental disabilities.
  • RN license number
  • Upon completion of the DHS Nurse-Trainer Program, you must take a DHS Nurse-Training computer-based post test that was added as of January, 2012.
  • You must complete the computer-based test within 10 business days via the DHS NetLearning Student Interface.
  • Please see Instructions for Taking the Nurse-Trainer Program Post-Test (pdf).
  • MA Course Curriculum - PRINT AND BRING TO CLASS!
  • You may view curriculum by saving to a laptop, flash drive, iPad, etc. Access to power outlets in the classroom is not guaranteed.
Course Offerings
  • 2/18/15 - Arlington Heights, Carterville, Chicago, Homewood, Springfield and Watseka (added)
  • 3/18/15 - Carterville, Chicago, Freeport, Homewood and Springfield
  • 4/15/15 - Carterville, Charleston (site cancelled), Chicago, Homewood and Springfield
  • 5/20/15 - Carterville, Champaign, Chicago, Homewood and Springfield
  • CANCELLED 6/17/15 - Carterville, Charleston, Chicago, Homewood and Springfield
  • Note:  No additional sessions are being scheduled until further notice.
Objectives To review legislated duties performed by an RN Nurse-Trainer as described in the Illinois Nurse Practice Act and Administrative Rule 116.  Nurse-Trainer Trainees will be taught:
  • legislation and guidelines related to training, authorizing, delegating and supervising medication administration by non-licensed direct support staff
  • educational components of the direct support staff training program
  • Role and responsibilities, legally required training of non-licensed staff  for RN to delegate medication administration to that staff
  • required contents of the "Nursing Service Packet"
  • implementation of amendment Illinois Nurse Practice Act and Administrative Rule 116 to the Illinois Nursing Practice Act
  • how to accurately complete the SAMA form

Five hours of Continuing Education Credits are offered. Participants must attend all 5 hours to become a Nurse-Trainer and receive attendance credit. 

QIDPs may apply MA training towards the 12 hours annual continuing education credits requirement.

Login ID,

You must pre-register for all training events using your DHS myNetLearning (formerly Student Interface Participant ID) login.

Learn how to use myNetLearning Instructions to locate or request myNetLearning Login ID and other information.

Presenter Division of Developmental Disabilities