If you’re interested in working as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in Iowa, then there are a few things you should know about training and registration, before you start looking for employment opportunities.
Is Being a CNA A Licensed Profession In Iowa?
Certified Nursing Assistants, a.k.a Certified Nurses Aides or Assistants in Iowa; don’t have to be licensed in order to work. However, they do need to undergo state approved training, and register with the Iowa Health Department. As with other states, a CNA in Iowa reports to a Registered Nurse (RN).
What Does CNA Training In Iowa Entail?
The training program for Certified Nurses Assistants in Iowa is one of the shortest – at just six weeks long. You will need to make sure that the program you choose is approved by the DIA, or Department of Inspections and Appeals. During the six week course, you will cover the prescribed syllabus, which includes 30 hours of class room study, and 75 hours of clinical training.
Training for a CNA is available through several colleges and community colleges, and in Iowa, there’s even an online CNA training program. It was developed and is run by the University of Iowa, in partnership with several other local colleges. That means that it’s possible to study to become a CNA in Iowa while you’re still working elsewhere, or even if you’re not close to another kind of training facility.
What Does Registration As a CNA in Iowa Mean?
In order to be included on the Iowa Nurse Aide Registry, you will need to pass a competency exam. Inclusion on the registry allows you to work as a nurses aide in the state, and is particularly critical if you want to work in any state run facilities or hospitals.
You may be able to find work that is similar to being a CNA without training or registration, but chances are you will earn well below the average salary that a registered nursing aide will.
Getting Free CNA Training In Iowa
A good idea, if you would like to become a nurses aide in Iowa, is to look out for offers of employment from state run facilities and hospitals. These positions usually include free training and testing, as well as guaranteed employment once you are registered.
What Does a CNA In Iowa Earn?
The good news, considering the very short period for which you will have to train as a CNA, is that in Iowa, the current average salary is a respectable $28,000, although a new CNA typically earns a little less than that.
Remember that salaries also differ according to where you work. For example, you might earn more working in a hospital than a healthcare franchise.
The good news, however, is that throughout the US, there’s a large, and growing, demand for trained and registered Certified Nursing Assistants, so whether you plan to stay in Iowa, or move to another state, this is a career well worth looking into.
Iowa Nurse Aide Registry
Iowa Direct Care Worker Registry
Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals Health Facilities Division
Lucas State Office Building, 321 East 12th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 281-4077
License Verification: (866) 876-1997
Iowa Board of Nursing
RiverPoint Business Park
400 S.W. 8th Street, Suite B
Des Moines, IA 50309-4685
Accredited CNA Training Classes & Programs in Iowa
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