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CNA Training in Iowa

See our list of approved CNA training programs in Iowa to earn your CNA certification

If you are looking for a rewarding health care career in Iowa, one great way to get your foot in the door is with a CNA certification. With a CNA certification you can work in a number of different healthcare facilities including hospitals, nursing homes and extended care facilities. Each of these places needs several CNAs on staff to ensure proper care of their patients.


The pay scale will depend on how long you have been a CNA, just like many other jobs. New CNAs can expect to make between $15,000 – $35,000 annually. The pay will typically rise as your level of experience increases and overtime opportunities might present themselves as well. You can expect to move up fairly quickly through the career and cap out in the industry around $46,000.

Often times people use the nursing assistant position as a stepping stone to gain experience and later move on to become a LPN or an RN. Each of these designations require additional schooling, but also provide higher salaries and additional responsibilities.

If you choose enter the medical field as a CNA you can expect your responsibilities to include…

Measuring vital signs: These are to be taken at set intervals every day to ensure that the patient’s progress is being monitored and recorded for further evaluation. The nurse aide will also be responsible for measuring and recording blood pressure, temperature, weight, height, etc.

Essential patient care: This includes everyday care for each patient under your supervision. It can include assistance with basic hygiene, such as giving a sponge bath or assisting with bathing, changing bed linens, changing bed pans. Often times you will be required to help move a patient or remove potential safety hazards or sources of personal injury.

Assisting doctors and nurses: This will be a big role for nursing assistants because doctors and nurses rely on them to handle many smaller routine tasks so that they can focus on larger issues. Typical duties will include dressing patient wounds, applying ice to injuries and explaining medical terminology and potential side effects of certain medications to patients.

Communication: This is one of the most important responsibilities because without clear communication patient’s lives can be put at risk. You will need to make sure you communicate with your patients, hospital or nursing staff, your supervising physician or nurse, as well as any family members of your patient. This will ensure that the patient is receiving the highest level of care possible at all times.



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    CNA Classes in Iowa (IA)

    Belmond-Klemme Community School District

    411 10th Ave., NE, Belmond, IA 50421

    Clinton Community College Nurse Aide Training

    1000 Lincoln Blvd., Clinton, IA 52732

    DMACC – Boone Campus

    1125 Hancock Drive, Boone, IA 50036

    DMACC CNA Course – Urban/Des Moines Campus

    1100 7th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50314

    DMACC Nurse Aide Program – West Campus

    5959 Grand Ave., West Des Moines, IA 50266

    DMACC Nurse Aide Training Program – Carroll Campus

    906 North Grant Road, Carroll, Iowa 51401

    DMACC Nurse Assistant Program Ankeny Campus

    2006 South Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, Iowa 50023

    DMACC Nursing Assistant Program – Newton Campus

    600 North 2nd Ave. West, Newton, Iowa 50208

    Ellsworth Community College Nurse Aide Training – Iowa Falls

    1100 College Ave., Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126

    Genesis Medical Clinic – DeWitt

    1008 11th Street, DeWitt, IA 52742

    Hawkeye Community College CNA Class – Waterloo

    1501 East Orange Rd., Waterloo, Iowa 50701

    Indian Hills Community College CNA Training Program – Ottumwa

    525 Grandview Ave., Ottumwa, IA 52501

    Iowa Central Community College Nurse Aide Training Program – Fort Dodge

    One Triton Circle, Fort Dodge, IA 50501

    Iowa Lakes Community College – Spencer

    1900 North Grand Ave., Spencer, IA 51301

    Iowa Lakes Community College – Spirit Lake

    800 21st Street, Spirit Lake, IA 51360

    Iowa Lakes Community College CNA Program – Estherville

    300 South 18th Street, Estherville, Iowa 51334

    Iowa Lakes Community College CNA Training Course – Algona

    2111 Highway 169 North, Algona, Iowa 50511

    Iowa Lakes Community College Nurse Aide Training Course – Emmetsburg

    3200 College Drive, Emmetsburg, IA 50536

    Iowa Valley Continuing Education CNA Training Program – Marshalltown

    3702 South Center Street, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

    Iowa Valley Grinnell Nursing Assistant Program

    123 6th Avenue West, Grinnell, IA 50112

    Iowa Western Community College Nurse Aide Training Course – Council Bluffs

    2700 College Rd., Council Bluffs, Iowa 51502

    Kirkwood Community College CNA Program Lincoln Center

    912 18th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

    Kirkwood Community College Nurse Aide Program Cedar Rapids

    6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

    Marshalltown Community College

    3700 South Center Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158

    Muscatine Community College

    152 Colorado St., Muscatine, Iowa 52761

    North Iowa Area Community College Nurse Aide Program – Mason City

    500 College Drive, Mason City, Iowa 50401

    Northeast Iowa Community College – Calmar

    P.O. Box 400, Calmar, IA 52132

    Northeast Iowa Community College CNA Course – Peosta

    10250 Sundown Road, Peosta, Iowa 52068

    Northwest Iowa Community College Nurse Assistant Program – Sheldon

    603 West Park Street, Sheldon, Iowa 51201

    Scott Community College Career Assistance Center – Davenport

    627 West 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa 52801

    Scott Community College Urban Center – Davenport

    306 West River Drive, Davenport, Iowa 52801

    Western Iowa Tech Community College – Sioux City

    4647 Stone Avenue, Sioux City, IA 51102

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    Iowa CNA Schools

    Browse our list of Iowa schools that offer CNA training courses to become a certified nursing assistant. Nurse aide programs are usually offered at community colleges, junior colleges, trade schools and technical/vocational schools. Our directory includes as many CNA programs as possible, but is not complete as there may be additional CNA programs that are not listed here. Many long-term care facilities offer CNA training to current employees and trainees. In many cases these programs are not widely advertised, but can be found by calling the facilities directly.

    How to Become a CNA in Iowa

    Students can earn their CNA certification and start their career as a certified nursing assistant in less than six months. The first step is to find and complete an approved CNA training program. Each individual state sets its own required amount of credit hours necessary to become a CNA. Typical programs take approximately 6-12 weeks to complete and must include a minimum of 75 hours of training. The average cost of a CNA course is between $400 – $800. The second step is to take the Iowa CNA certification exam and achieve a passing score. The third and final step is to register with the Iowa Nurse Aide Registry as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

    Iowa CNA Certification Requirements

    – graduate from an approved CNA training program
    – pass the Iowa CNA certification exam (must achieve passing score in the written portion and the clinical skills portion)
    – pass the Iowa CNA test within 24 months of completing the nurse aide education program

    Iowa CNA Helpful Links

    Iowa Board of Nursing
    Iowa Nurse Aide Registry

    Nurse Aide Employment Outlook 2010-2011
    National Association of Health Care Assistants
    National Network of Career Nursing Assistants