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Nurse Aide Training Programs

IMPORTANT NOTE - 3/12/2020

*** ISDH is aware of the concerns in regards to COVID-19 and the limited access training entities have for students to complete their clinical hours.  Please remember that 16 hours of clinical may be completed in a lab environment.  However, due to the health and safety of Indiana Hoosiers we are supporting facilities in the decisions they are making to keep their residents safe.  We understand this  may cause Training Program’s to extend and postpone clinical hours completion for a period of time.  We will take into consideration and not hold training entities responsible for extending the training process.

Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP)

All training programs must be approved by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).   Health care facilities and independent entities may apply to operate a training program.  All training programs are approved based on compliance with federal regulations, state rules and administrative standards.  In addition, all programs are expected to utilize the Indiana Nurse Aide Curriculum that establishes the minimum course standards.   Any questions regarding NATCEP application or approval can be sent to ISDHLTCTrainingPrograms@isdh.in.gov

Federal Laws and Regulations

State Laws and Rules

NATCEP Program Director and Delegated Instructor

All NATCEP Program Directors (PD) and Delegated Instructors (DI) must meet all the requirements from NATCEP Administrative Standard #1.   Standard #1 included the completion of a Train-the-Trainer course.  Train-the-Trainer courses are provided by:

Any questions can be sent to ISDHLTCTrainingPrograms@isdh.in.gov

Nurse Aide Training Program Curriculum

The ISDH is responsible for providing oversight of all Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP).  The nurse aide training program must consist of a minimum of 30 hours of traditional classroom or on-line equivalent instruction and 75 hours of clinical instruction.  The nurse aide training program curriculum establishes the minimum course standards.  This curriculum is organized into thirty (30) lessons.  Each lesson provides objectives, terms, content, resident care procedures (RCPs) and review questions.  All approved nurse aide training programs must include this content as part of their program.

Indiana Nurse Aide Curriculum (Updated 3/21/2014)
Lessons 2 & 30 updated

The link below is to the prior Nurse Aide Curriculum that was adopted in July 1998 and continued through December 31, 2013.

Approval to Conduct a Nurse Aide Training Program

The ISDH must approve all programs prior to conducting nurse aide training.  The initial approval process requires the submission of an application and additional documentation.  The ISDH reviews this information and grants approval.   No nurse aide training can be done until approval is obtained.

Entities that can apply for approval:

  • long term care facility,
  • vocational, career or academic institute, or
  • independent / corporate companies

Information to be submitted to ISDHLTCTrainingPrograms@isdh.in.gov:

  • Completed Application to Operate a Nurse Aide Training Program
  • Additional requirements:
    • Pictures of classroom & clinical lab with supplies/ equipment
    • Clinical site agreement
    • Form(s) for classroom time record, clinical time record, certificate of completion
    • List of items that will be included in each Student File
    • Final exam
    • Supply list – signed & dated as available - SEE FORMS
    • Classroom lesson plan with day, timeframes, and content to be completed, including Core Curriculum lessons, RCPs, videos, YouTube, textbooks, handouts and any other resources
    • Student pre-admission math/reading assessment/ test