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Become a CNA in Iowa

How to Become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Iowa

All nurse assistants in Iowa that desire to work in a Medicare or Medicaid certified nursing facility must be certified. To gain certification, nursing assistant should first contact the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (IDIA) to obtain a “Direct Care Worker Registry Application.” This application can be accessed through the IDIA website. One of the requirements to register includes the completion of a nursing aide program.


This program must consist of at least seventy-five hours of nurse aide educational training and incorporate a competency test. In addition, at least thirty of the seventy-five hours must be dedicated to clinical or practical training. The application will also request the following data:

  • Personal information (legal name, address, social security number, phone number)
  • Whether a training program has been completed or not
  • Employment history
  • Present employment details
  • Employer or hiring facility
  • Proof of employer’s certification
  • Location of work site
  • Date of hire

It is mandatory that the CNA certification program in Iowa be completed within four months of being hired to maintain employment. CNAs that have recently transferred from another state registry, or have changed their legal name or address, must also re-register by submitting this application. Lastly, if a nurse’s assistant has been unemployed for over two years, they must re-take a written competency exam in order to appear on the current state registry.


The written and practical examination is administered by whatever nurse’s aide training provider a student enrolled through. Fees vary between training program providers, however, exams typically cost between $15-45. Furthermore, students can expect training programs to cost at least $150, unless training is sponsored by a CNA employer.


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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Dedicated to providing career training to students since 1969.
  • Ranks in the top 15% of all U.S. schools providing military educational services.
  • Offers programs in  19 locations in 9 states, as well as online.
  • Provides a career services team to help students with resume review, mock interviewing, campus career fairs, and more.
  • Gives students the opportunity to study business, personal fitness, cosmetology, and more.
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  • Dedicated to providing career training to students since 1969.
  • Ranks in the top 15% of all U.S. schools providing military educational services.
  • Offers programs in  19 locations in 9 states, as well as online.
  • Provides a career services team to help students with resume review, mock interviewing, campus career fairs, and more.
  • Gives students the opportunity to study business, personal fitness, cosmetology, and more.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
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  • Has students attend one four-week class at a time and take their final exam before moving on to their next class.
  • Offers 24/7 online tech support, with a typical response time of 4 hours or less.
  • Has online help centers that offer assistance with writing, statistics, medical assisting, and more.
  • Provides job placement assistance to all its students and alumni.
  • Researches trends for growing fields to tailor a more effective curriculum.
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  • Has students attend one four-week class at a time and take their final exam before moving on to their next class.
  • Offers 24/7 online tech support, with a typical response time of 4 hours or less.
  • Has online help centers that offer assistance with writing, statistics, medical assisting, and more.
  • Provides job placement assistance to all its students and alumni.
  • Researches trends for growing fields to tailor a more effective curriculum.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Accredited
  • Online Programs
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
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  • Ranked one of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Offers a no-obligation, 3-week trial period where students may determine if the university is right for them before they commit to it.
  • Strives to be a student’s partner in lifelong learning; committed to helping them achieve their goals.
  • Serves students of all ages, from first-graders learning to read to professionals seeking postgraduate training.
  • Provides career-oriented diploma through master’s programs in fields such as healthcare, business, legal and paralegal services, information technology, criminal justice and design.
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  • Ranked one of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Offers a no-obligation, 3-week trial period where students may determine if the university is right for them before they commit to it.
  • Strives to be a student’s partner in lifelong learning; committed to helping them achieve their goals.
  • Serves students of all ages, from first-graders learning to read to professionals seeking postgraduate training.
  • Provides career-oriented diploma through master’s programs in fields such as healthcare, business, legal and paralegal services, information technology, criminal justice and design.
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