Become a Certified Nurse Aide in as Little as 2 Weeks
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The CNA program is a 75 clock-hour, basic course for the professional Long-Term Care Aide in Iowa.
This course is led and instructed by a Registered Nurse who has an active license. The course focuses on training students to be able to care for residents in Long-Term Care.
During this course the student shall be trained to understand and carry out the duties and responsibilities of a Certified Nurse Aide.
The student will gain both knowledge and clinical skills. Upon successful completion of this course and successful passing of the State of Iowa Competency Certification Exam, the student shall become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) in the State of Iowa.
After passing the State Competency exam, the CNA shall be added to the Iowa Direct Care Worker Registry. A CNA whose name appears on the Iowa Direct Care Worker Registry is allowed to work as a CNA in Long-Term Care.
Next CNA Class Starts Soon
Our graduation rate is 98% for the CNA program at AM Training Institute.
As we have not yet started the Dental Assisting Program, there are no graduation rates available at this time.
Classes are filling up quickly.
The CNA Training Program Curriculum
We are in compliance with OBRA & Title 22 regulations to include in the curriculum:
- Introduction to Nursing Assistant
- Patients’ Rights
- Communication & Interpersonal Skill
- Body Mechanics
- Medical & Surgical Asepsis
- Weights & Measures
- Patient Care Skills
- Patient Care Procedures
- Vital Signs
- Emergency Procedures & Safety
- Care of the Long-Term Resident
- Rehabilitative Nursing
- Observation & Charting
- Death & Dying
Frequently Asked Questions
CNA stands for Certified Nurse Assistant. A CNA provides hands-on care to patients and residents in residential care settings, hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. The Nursing Home Reform Act, adopted by congress in 1987, defined the training and evaluation standards for nursing assistants.
We charge $660 for tuition for our CNA classes. Students pay for their own supplies (examples here): scrubs, watch, shoes, pens and notebooks.
The program is 75 hours split between classroom and clinical time.
No, this program is open to anyone 16 and over with parent/guardian permission and over 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must pass a criminal background check.
Yes, we are accredited by the Iowa State Department of Health.
Applicants must be 16 years of age by the first day of class.
No, we do not guarantee employment upon completion of the course. However, we work with several staffing agencies to help students who complete the program and pass the state exam.
Curriculum will cover necessary material to pass the written and the skills portions of the state CNA exam. Emphasis is placed on the basics of nursing and providing high-quality care to patients. Topics include but not limited to: nursing care basics, vital signs, resident rights, confidentiality, restorative care, HIV/AIDS, CPR, and 23 hands on skills.
Yes, your CNA certification must be renewed annually with the state on or before the applicant’s birthday.