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CNA Training in Iowa

Free guide to CNA training classes in Iowa (IA)

Take approved CNA courses to earn your Iowa 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 $20,000 – $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.

How Can I Find CNA Training Programs Near Me?

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.

Can I Transfer My CNA License to Iowa?

If you are a certified nursing assistant from another state and have just moved to Iowa you can apply to the Nursing Aide Registry in Iowa for what is called “reciprocity”. As long as you can provide verification that you completed a state approved CNA certification program, are currently certified in another state, and have worked as a CNA recently. You would not need to take the Iowa exam or training if you are granted reciprocity. All CNA licenses need to be renewed every two years and must have worked a minimum of 160 hours within those two years.

Daily Job Duties of a CNA

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.

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 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 Resources

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