Certified Nurse Aide: Training, Certification & Recertification and Registration

Program Overview

The Certified Nurse Aide: Training, Certification & Recertification and Registration Program ensures that individuals meet both the state and federal requirements for a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) and are on the Indiana Nurse Aide Registry.  This program is administered by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), Consumer Services & Health Care Regulation Commission, Division of Survey Supports & Guidance.

A certified nurse aide is an individual who works primarily in long term care facilities or nursing homes.  The CNA assists residents with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, or eating.  A CNA works under the direct supervision of licensed practical nurse or registered nurse and can perform only procedures that are within the scope of practice for a CNA.

Announcements / Current News

Questions regarding CNA Training, Certification & Recertification, and Registration can be sent to: ISDHLTCTrainingPrograms@isdh.in.gov.

Acronyms

CNA – Certified Nurse Aide
DI – Delegated Instructor
ISDH – Indiana State Department of Health
NATCEP – Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation Program
QMA – Qualified Medication Aide
PD – Program Director

Contact the Program

Indiana State Department of Health
2 North Meridian Street, 4B
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-7442 (Long Term Care Receptionist)
(317) 233-1325 (ISDH Main Switchboard)
Map

Director, Division of Survey Supports & Guidance
Jan Kulik, RN
jkulik@isdh.in.gov 
(317) 233-7480

Administrative Assistant, Division of Survey Supports & Guidance
Nancy Gilbert
ngilbert@isdh.in.gov
(317) 233-7445

Director, Quality Improvement Project
Nancy Adams, RN
nadams1@isdh.in.gov 
(317) 233-7119

Aide Registry Program Manager
Darlene Jones
dkjones@isdh.in.gov
(317) 233-7351 
(317) 233-7750 [Fax]

Report a Complaint or Incident to the ISDH

Report a complaint regarding a health care facility
Individuals can call or email to make complaints about care provided at any licensed or certified Indiana health care providers or suppliers.

Report an incident regarding a health care facility
The Incident Report Form is for health care facilities to notify the Indiana State Department of Health of a reportable incident pursuant to the ISDH Reportable Unusual Occurrence Policy.  The Incident Report Form is also for health care facility staff (nursing homes, intermediate care facilities, and hospice agencies) to report a reasonable suspicion of a crime against a resident pursuant to Federal regulations.  This form is not to be used to file a complaint.

Requirement to become a Certified Nurse Aide in Indiana

An individual must:

  • Complete a 105 hour state approved Nurse Aide Training Program
  • Successfully complete both the written and skills competency evaluation
  • No age or education requirement

Student Nurse must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a nursing program
  • Successfully completed Fundamentals of Nursing or equivalent course with a “C” or better grade
  • Successfully complete the Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation written examination
  • Successful completion of the Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation skills examination is optional

Graduate Nurse must:

  • Be a nurse that has not taken or did not pass the state nursing examination
  • Successfully complete both the written and skills Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation

Out of State CNA must:

  • Be current and in good standing as a CNA in another state
  • Successfully complete the Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation written examination
  • Successful completion of the Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation skills examination is optional

Psychiatric Attendant -- Qualified Medication Aide (QMA) must:

  • Be current and in good standing on the QMA registry
  • Provide documentation of QMA work within the previous six (6) months
  • Successfully complete the Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation written examination

Nurse Aide Training Programs

Directory of Approved Programs

Approved Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Training Programs

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

42 CFR 483  (beginning at 483.151)

State Laws and Rules

410 IAC 16.2; Licensure of Health Facilities

Limited Criminal History Search

NATCEP Administrative Standards

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

  • (PDF | Word) Full Document (265 pages)
  • (PDF | Word) Intro and Table of Contents
  • (PDF | Word) Lessons 1-5
  • (PDF | Word) Lessons 6-10
  • (PDF | Word) Lessons 11-15
  • (PDF | Word) Lessons 16-20
  • (PDF | Word) Lessons 21-25
  • (PDF | Word) Lessons 26-30
  • (PDF | Word) Appendix – Procedures 1-25
  • (PDF | Word) Appendix – Procedures 26-50
  • (PDF | Word) Appendix – Procedures 51-72

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

Nurse Aide Training Program Core Curriculum (July 1998 through December 31, 2013)

Approval to Conduct a Nurse Aide Training Programs

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:  

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

Forms

Application for Approval to Operate a Nurse Aide Training Program

Master Schedule

Supply Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about the certified nurse aide registration program.

Certification & Recertification

Competency Evaluation / Testing

Following successful completion of the 105 hour Nurse Aide Training Program an individual is eligible to take the competency evaluation or state test.  The competency evaluation or state test is both a written and skills competency test.  The written test is 100 multiple choice questions.  The individual must obtain an 80% (80 correct answers) to pass.  The skills competency test consist of demonstration of hand hygiene and 4 additional skills that are randomly chosen.  The individual must demonstrate competency for a tester.  Individuals are given 3 attempts to pass the written and skills.  Upon successful completion of both the written and skills portions the individual becomes a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) and is entered in the Indiana Nurse Aide Registry.

Competency Evaluation / Testing Procedure

Nurse Aide competency evaluations / testing is administered through Ivy Tech Community College.  All Competency Evaluation Applications should be sent to:

Ivy Tech Community College
CNA/QMA Testing
PO Box 1621
Indianapolis IN 46206

Ivy Tech Community College has a CNA/QMA Central Testing Office located in Indianapolis that processes all applications and schedules testing throughout the state.  Applications should only be sent to the above address.  This office is staffed by Central Coordinators.

The fee for both the written and skills test is $75.00.  A fee of $65.00 will be charged for only one test (written or skills).  Fees can be paid with facility checks, money orders, or credit cards.  No personal checks will be accepted.  Checks should be made payable to Ivy Tech Community College.
 
Any questions, please contact Ivy Tech at 317-917-5948.  Testing information is available at www.ivytech.edu/cna and www.ivytech.edu/qma

Registration

Nurse Aide Registry

An individual’s initial certification is valid for a two (2) year period, then must be renewed to remain active on the Indiana Nurse Aide Registry.  There is no fee to renew a CNAs certification.

The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (PLA) Online Licensing System is used for the aide certification and registration programs.  Individuals renew their aide certification and registration through the PLA Online Licensing System.  Health care facilities and agencies can search the online system to verify an individual’s certification or registration.

Additional information is available at: Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Renewal Form

 

 

Page last updated: 01/25/19