CNA Classes in Iowa (Top Schools)

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As a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) in Iowa, you’ll be required to finish two training courses before taking a knowledge and a skill test.

If these conditions are satisfied (and after passing additional background checks, such as for criminal history), the candidate is added to the official registry.

The Department of Public Health is planning to bring significant changes (pursuing streamlining and modernizing) this process.

If a nurse aide is hired before he or she is certified, an initial, 20-hour long course is required for the mto prepare for work, followed by a full, 75-hour course.

If hiring happens after finishing the 75-hour course, the competence demonstration is expected and required.

A candidate may challenge the requirements if he feels qualified based on his education or previous work, but this will have to be approved.

Also, in Iowa, a LPN or RN license holder is allowed to work without entering the nurse aide Registry.

Know Your Essentials: Iowa CNA Schools

Before taking any test, an aspiring nursing assistant is required to enroll and finish education programs prescribed on state and federal level.

In Iowa, these programs ask for 75 hours at minimum with at least 30 clinical work hours.

Here we list the Iowa nurse training schools to help you make your choice.

16 CNA Schools in Iowa

School NameAddress
Friendship HomeAudubon, IA 50025
Kirkwood Community CollegeCedar Rapids, IA 52404
Nursing Home & West Winds VillaClarence,IA 52216
Iowa Western Community CollegeCouncil Bluffs, IA 51503
Eastern Iowa Community CollegeDavenport, IA 52801
Denison Job Corps CenterDenison, IA 51442
Nelson ManorEast Newton,IA 50208
Fort Madison Health CenterFort Madison, IA 52627
Franklin General HospitalHampton, IA 50441
Westview Acres Care CenterLeon, IA 50144
Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation CenterMonticello, IA 52310
Montrose Health Center, Inc.Montrose, IA 52639
Ottumwa Job Corps CenterOttumwa, IA 52501
Signature HealthcareWaukee, IA 50263
Fountain West Health CenterWest Des Moines, IA 50265
Wheatland Manor Care FacilityWheatland, IA 52777

The Way of the Test: Application and Certification

The same institutions execute the testing process and judge the candidate eligibility.

 Refresher courses are also available if required at selected institutions.

The examination consists of two parts: knowledge test and practical skills test (a “realistic nursing assistant assignment”).

In Iowa, several institutions are licensed to administer CNA competency testing.

Refreshed courses are also available; the registering process there is the same as for the tests.

Eligibility is usually judged based on the provided documentation; it’s advisable to contact the relevant institution for concrete requirements and schedules.

Written test comes with a $50 fee, while skills test will set you back for $85.

Already employed candidates will often have their fees paid by their employer; fees can even be reimbursed retroactive in case employment comes after passing the tests.

3 attempts at testing are allowed at maximum; after that, retraining is required.

Often, becoming a part of the registry is enough, with no need to even register with the state.

Sometimes, however, this application is necessary and the required paperwork will have to be filled and submitted.

The registration is especially important for CNAs coming from outside of the state.

These candidates are required to fill and submit the regular registry application form, and submit it along with the copy of certificate (if available, if not the name of the original certification state has to be provided).

If out-of-state CNA is hired, a part of the application process will be completed by the hiring agency.

CNA cards are no longer being delivered by mail; rather, they can be obtained and printed online.

 Certifications are usually verified within 1-2 business days by the Iowa Direct Care Registry.

For a CNA to stay in the registry, he has to perform his duties at least one eight hour day during each 2 years.

If a candidate is not listed as eligible, the employment may not have been reported; in other cases, an assistant working for intermediate care facility may not have enough nursing hours because of other duties

All queries and questions regarding these questions should be submitted to the Registry.

Salary: the Most Important Question

Salary level, is, of course, the main factor of every employee; however it is not the only one

Work satisfaction, personal preferences, comfort, job security… all these factors may be important for you, and many people have found these needs satisfied by the CNA occupation.

Current average salary of an Iowa CNA stands at $30,269: below, you can see the differences between different cities.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of CNAs in Iowa

City NameSalary
Des Moines$30,597
Cedar Rapids$30,009
Sioux City$26,315
Iowa City$29,763
Council Bluffs$29,903
West Des Moines$30,597
* Salary information last updated 2022