You can begin an entry-level career in the healthcare field by training to become a certified nursing assistant. CNAs work under the direction of nurses in a variety of healthcare settings. This career is a good starting point if you wish to someday obtain a more advanced degree and career.
CNA Training Hours and Requirements in Indiana
In order to qualify to sit for the exam for certification for nursing assistants, you will need to attend a training program that has been approved by the state of Indiana. The program must include at least 105 hours of studies. Seventy-five hours will be spent in a clinical setting providing hands on experience with patients. There are well over 100 training courses that have been approved in the state of Indiana.
A training program must be completed before you can apply to sit for the nursing assistant certification test. The test will include written and skills portions-both of which must be passed.
Transferring CNA Certification to Indiana
You might be able to transfer your certification from another state if you were a certified nursing assistant and are now moving to Indiana. You will need to contact the Indiana Department of Health. They will review your credentials and work history. If you still hold an active and valid certification, you might be able to transfer your certification to Indiana.
The Department of Health will conduct a background check and make certain you have no complaints against you from residents. If you are approved to transfer your certification, training will be waived and you will not need to attend an Indiana nursing assistant program.
It might also be possible to waive a nursing assistant training program in Indiana if you were trained as a nurse in another state or country or if you are currently a nursing student. This is something to look into if any of these scenarios applies to you.
Exact Steps to Transfer Your License
1) Download and complete the from available at http://www.in.gov/isdh/files/43731.pdf
2) Send it over to: Indiana State Department of Health-Division of Long Term Care
3) If the Indiana DPH find that the training you took in your state meets their requirements you will be allowed to appear for the Indiana Certification exam. Unlike other states, Indiana does not allow you to seamlessly transfer your certification without doing the exam.
CNA Certification Renewal
You will receive nursing assistant certification renewal forms to couple months before your certification will expire. The form will be relatively simple to complete. There will be a section that will need to be filled out by your current employer. A past employer can complete the section if you are not current working as a certified nursing assistant.
Be sure to send in any paperwork or fees that are required to be submitted with you renewal form. It is necessary to have worked for a minimum of eight hours during a twenty-four month period if you want to renew your nursing assistant certification.
If you have not received your form in the mail, you can download it from the Indiana DPH website: http://www.in.gov/isdh/20510.htm
if you have to do the training again, make sure you check out our guide on how to get free CNA classes in Indiana.
Q: I had a license in the state of Indiana but I let it expire in 2001. Do I have to retake the training or can I just appear for the state certification exam? Please let me know as soon as possible because I need to get back to work as soon as possible.
A: Since your license has lapsed for over 5 years, you will need to retake the training at an Indiana state accredited 105 hour training program and then upon successful completion, appear for the certification exam.