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Hi all – today, we’re taking a tour of Iowa. Here’s the downlow on everything you need to know related to becoming a CNA.

CNA Certification Requirements in Iowa

Before you can obtain your CNA certification in Iowa, you must first complete a 75 hour course that includes both clinical and lecture training. These courses typically last around 2 to 4 weeks and cover a wide range of topics. Once completed, there is a state exam that tests your ability to take care of a patient. When you become a Certified Nursing Assistant, you will be placed on a registry which many employers require before you can be hired.

Become a CNA in Iowa

Want to become an Iowa certified CNA? Here’s how:

  1. Enroll in a state certified school (you can search CNA school throughout Iowa via the CNA school directory)

  2. Complete the CNA training

  3. Take practice CNA exam (this step is optional and may be included within certain CNA courses)

  4. Register to take the state CNA exam

  5. Once you pass the exam, apply for desired  jobs to work as a certified nursing assistant!

Local CNA Training Classes

In order to attend CNA training in the state of Iowa, you’ll need to understand, read and speak English, and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Programs require for you to be at least 16 years old, able to pass a background check, have a medical exam, and have proof of immunization. Training programs tend to cost around $350 to $475 in addition to other expenses such as textbooks and course materials.

If you are a current RN, LPN or have a CNA certification within a different state you are able to simply take the CNA exam without training.

Here are a few local CNA classes in Iowa:

CNA Classes in Waukee
Signature Healthcare
(515) 212-0000

Search all Iowa State Certified Nursing Training Programs
Search CNA Scholarships available in Iowa (free CNA training available)

IA CNA Testing

The CNA exam through the Iowa Direct Care Worker registry involves both a written and skills portion. Candidates must score 70 percent on the knowledge portion of the exam to pass. The practical portion, performed in a mock-clinical environment, will include 7 skills randomly selected out of a list of 32, and you must perform the critical aspects of said skill. You are allowed to take the test up to three times before you must complete another training course. Once you pass both portions of the Certified Nursing Aide exam, you will be added to the Direct Care Worker registry within about 2 weeks.

Certification Costs To Become a CNA

  • Written exam- $45

  • Skills exam- $75

For questions related to scheduling and testing contact the Division of Health Facilities using the following information:

Direct Care Worker Registry Division of Health Facilities
Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals

Lucas state Office Building- 3rd Floor

312 E 12 Street

Des Moines IA 50319

Phone:515-281-4077

Out-of-State CNAs

Out-of-state CNAs are allowed to apply for inclusion on the Iowa Direct Care Worker Registry if in good and active standing on another state registry. The Direct Care Worker  approves applications for reciprocity if:

  • Fill out the first half of the direct care worker registry application here and also have your prospective employer fill out the second half.

  • Have documentation for state registration from another state (the documentation should include your state ID and CNA card from your previous state).

  • There should be no instances of abuse, neglect, or misappropriations of property in the applicant’s home state’s registry or any other CNA registry.

CNA Nurse Registry

Direct Care Worker Registry Division of Health Facilities
Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals

Lucas state Office Building- 3rd Floor

312 E 12 Street

Des Moines IA 50319

Phone:515-281-4077

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