Free CNA Training in Indiana

Training to become a CNA in Indiana requires you to attend a state approved training program.  These programs provide you with the knowledge you need to provide basic nursing care and personal care duties.  It is not mandatory to have a high school diploma in order to train to work as a certified nursing assistant. See free training options below:

Some career training colleges also offer certified nursing assistant training courses.  These courses are typically inexpensive and can prepare you well for your new career.  In some cases, the programs through career schools will make you eligible for grants and scholarships offered by the state of Indiana.  You might find that you are able to access enough grants and scholarships to cover any costs associated with training.

Of course, nursing assistant training is available at many nursing care facilities as well.  You will usually agree to work for a facility for 6 months to a year if they will pay for your training.  Many of these nursing care and healthcare providers offer training directly on-site so that you can complete both your classroom and clinical training with ease.

If you are a displaced homemaker (having lost income through a spouses death, a divorce or a spouses disability), you might be able to receive funding to train for a career.  You could inquire as to whether or not you could receive help to pay for a state approved CNA training course.  Displaced workers, who have been laid off as a result of downsizing or the closing of a business, often qualify for assistance with training for a new career as well.

Direct Training Opportunities

Paid Training at Miller’s Merry Manor
They are currently looking at hiring basic nursing assistants for trainee positions. You will get paid while you are trained and most likely get a job working at their facility upon successful completion of your state exam. Not only is the training free, you’re getting a salary while doing it. They are an excellent place to work and provide good benefits. For more details, contact them on the following address: 259 West Harrison Street Mooresville, IN 46158. Phone: 317-831-6272

Free Training from Golden Living Center
Classes will be available in Elkhart in late January 2012. To apply you must pick up a form by January 20th (9:00am) at any of these locations:  GLC – Fountain View 609 W. Tangle Wood Lane Mishawaka, IN 46545 GLC – Countryside 811 E. 12th Street Mishawaka, IN 46544 EOE. You can also call them on 574-293-0364
You must undergo a drug screening as well as a background check before you are eligible for the training. You will be expected to work at the facility upon completion of the training. Please confirm this with the facility to avoid disappointment afterwards.

Low Cost Training
Indiana Health Careers Training offers one of the cheapest training options in Indiana. They have a training center located in Sellersburg which offers CNA training for $450. WHile most other training centers charge upwards of $800 they provide quality training at half the cost. If you’re working and can not attend the week day classes, they have weekend classes as well. There is no GED requirement and you also get a free training DVD when you join. They can be contacted on the following numbers: 812-246-5753 or 1-877-667-4183

Kingston at Dupont
They have a CNA position open at the moment. No experience nor training is completely necessary. they will train you if they feel you have the passion to work as a CNA at their facility. You have to finish your training in the timeframe specified by the state  of Indiana to be eligible for employment. More details can be found at

Nursing Related Scholarships/Grants in Indianacnanotes2

State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana (SSACI) – The Nursing Scholarship Fund

The Nursing Scholarship Fund was created to attract qualified individuals to pursue a career in nursing. The scholarship amount may be up to $5000 and may only be used towards tuition and fees. In order to qualify, the applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen and a Indiana resident
  • Be admitted to a certification program full or part-time
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA)

Once the scholarship is awarded, the applicant is obligated to practice as an LPN in Indiana for at least two years.

Indiana Health Care Association (IHCA) – Indiana Health Care Foundation LPN/RN Scholarship Award

The Indiana Health Care Foundation is awarding scholarships to students pursing a career as an LPN or RN in the state of Indiana. Applicants must:

  • Be a resident f Indiana
  • Be accepted in an accredited LPN or RN program
  • Be a minimum of 18 years old and have graduated high school
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Must show proof if income at or below $40,000
  • Have a passion to work with the elderly and disabled population

Make sure and submit completed application and requested documents by the deadline date in order to be considered for the scholarship.

Ivy Tech Community College – Indiana Center for Nursing Scholarships

Ivy Tech Community College has several campuses throughout Indiana offering the Practical Nursing program. The Indiana Center for Nursing Scholarship may be awarded to any full or part-time student pursing a nursing degree at any of the campuses. The applicant must plan on working as a nurse in central Indiana upon graduation. All applicants will be selected by the nursing program facility. Submit all requested documents by the deadline date, which varies depending on the semester.

Institutions That May be Able To Help

Wabash Centers Employ Abilities

Address:  2000 Greenbush Street Lafayette, IN  47903

Phone: 765-423-5531

Wabash Centers EmployAbilities is a nonprofit organization aimed at supporting community members with disabilities or special needs.  Along with a variety of support programs, employment assistance is one of the main focuses at Wabash Centers, as employability is the core of ensuring more self-sufficient lifestyles for disabled citizens.  Vocational training will include an individualized employment plan for you, training in interviewing techniques, help filling out job applications and developing a resume, job search assistance that will match your interests, skills and abilities to the right employer and on-the-job training support as needed. Employ Abilities strives to provide each participant with a long term placement that suits both the employee and the employer.

 Indy Pendence Job Corps Center

Address:  222 East Ohio Street – Suite 300 Indianapolis, IN  46204

Phone: 317-524-6788

Supported by the United States Department of Labor, IndyPendence Job Corps Center is a non-residential, vocational training program open to eligible female applicants between the ages of 16 years and 24 years of age for no cost.  In addition to educational opportunities and courses on life skills, all students participate in a vocation program designed to help them transition into sustained employment in certain job sectors.  Independence and financial stability through employment is what IndyPendence Job Corps offers each of its participants. Vocational training in Business, Finance and Health Occupations is available for qualified applicants.  Other benefits of admission to a vocational program include paid wages for time worked, transportation assistance, meals, access to medical, dental and optometrist services and a stipend after graduation to assist in the transition to employment.

Nursing homes in Indiana that could Potentially offer CNA training for free

Note: They do not have free training at present. This list will help you locate ones near your area so that you may contact them IF they have an active vacancy. 

Bluffton Regional Medical Cent – 303 S Main St   Bluffton, Indiana 46714

Bradner Village Health Care – 505 N Bradner Avenue   Marion, Indiana 46952

Brandywine Nursing And Rehabil – 745 N Swope St   Greenfield, Indiana 46140

Bremen Health Care Center – 316 Woodies Lane   Bremen, Indiana 46506

Briarwood Health And Rehabilit – 3640 N Central Ave   Indianapolis, Indiana 46205

Bridgepointe Health Campus – 1900 College Ave   Vincennes, Indiana 47591

Davis Gardens Health Center – 1120 East Davis Drive   Terre Haute, Indiana 47802

Dearborn County Hospital-Subac – 600 Wilson Creek Rd   Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025

Dickey Nursing Home Inc – 1007 North 9th St   Elwood, Indiana 46036

Dujarie House – 200 River Ridge Dr   Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Dukes Memorial Hospital-Ccc – 275 West 12th Street   Peru, Indiana 46970

Dyer Nursing And Rehabilitatio – 601 Sheffield Ave   Dyer, Indiana 46311

Life Care Centers Of The Willows – 1000 Elizabeth Drive   Valparaiso, Indiana 46383

Lincoln Centers For Rehabilita – 1029 East 5th Street   Connersville, Indiana 47331

Lincoln Hills Healthcare And Rehab – 402 19th Street   Tell City, Indiana 47586

Lincoln Hills Of New Albany – 326 Country Club Drive   New Albany, Indiana 47150

Lincolnshire Health Care Cente – 8380 Virginia St   Merrillville, Indiana 46410

Longworth Villa – 9520 State Road 62 West   Charlestown, Indiana 47111

Mount Vernon Nursing And Rehab – 1415 Country Club Road   Mount Vernon, Indiana 47620

Mulberry Health & Rehab Ctr – 502 W Jackson St   Mulberry, Indiana 46058

Muncie Health & Rehabilitation – 4301 N Walnut St   Muncie, Indiana 47303

Munster Med-Inn – 7935 Calumet Ave   Munster, Indiana 46321

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13 Responses to Free CNA Training in Indiana

  1. Michelle Stewart September 26, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    I am seeking a part time job in Healthcare working evenings 3-4 days a week and I am looking for a program that will assist with free training to become a certified CNA. I have 13 yrs. Experience in administration in Healthcare.

  2. Melinda October 8, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    l lost my job for thirteen years in Casino in Hammond. l am interested to attend Free CNA trainee i am divorced and no income right now what is the requirements to be qualified to attend Trainee for CNA. Please help me i appreciate if you response on me. Thanks. Melinda

  3. Billie Renn October 11, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    i was wondering if dukes has cna training and will hire you right then! i was a cna in warrensburg MO. about 15 yr. ago but i need to work and go to school for this then go for RN

  4. Wendy Haywood December 1, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    Hi iam looking for a assited living job in a assited living facility in indianapolis,indiana . I,am not certified, however i do have experience in this field .I was a certified CNA back in 1987 ,I went to school at Ross Medical Center in Roseville, MI, i worked at 2 nursing homes in Detroit, MI also i also worked in Nashville,TN as a PAL in a assisting living facility i did not have to be certified worked there for 15 months also, worked as a Caregiver at a retirement home with one on one patient care ,so i have very much experience in taking care of the elderly if interested you may email .Thankyou in advance Wendy Haywood

  5. RITA BEIRD December 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    Hi, I am a cna and I would like to get my free inservices for the year so, I can work ?

  6. TOMEKA RANGE March 16, 2012 at 6:21 am #

    Hello I am Tomeka Range looking to relocate to Indiana. I am in search of a healthcare facility that will provide free cna training for employment. I have been in the healthcare feild for over 10yrs. I am a certified Patient Care Technician since 2005 and I can not seem to find a job with that title. I have currently been a caregiver through an agency since 2001. I am looking forward to relocating asap I am a reliable caring and experienced and have excellent references. If you are interested you may email me. Thank you. Tomeka Range

  7. Jennifer June 25, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    I have been a housewife for the past seven years and I am currently going through a divorce and must reenter the workforce. I was a cna for 10 years but I need to be recertified. I am looking for a place that offers free or aid for classes. I am living in the Montgomery/fountain county area if any one could help point me in the right direction please email me. Thank You

  8. Pam July 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    I’m a Medical Transcriptionist and I’m planning on attending IUN in the fall to begin a RN program. I’m also looking for info on how to get in and get some experience and figured I should start with CNA to begin with. I’m in the Hobart/Merrillville Indiana area. Any information is appreciated. Thank you

  9. Jesika September 24, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    Hi i am a single mom of a lovely baby boy. I would like to find a a free cna class in Indianapolis,IN. I am going to be starting RN classes in January. So anything would help right now.

  10. Kristi Hamilton April 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    I was a stay at home mom. I previously had a CNA license, but it expired and I did not have any work hours to renew it. I am looking to get my CNA’s back asap. I would really appreciate any help. I live in Sweetser Indiana and I am willing to go to Kokomo, Marion, Huntington, Wabash areas.

  11. Rachel Genovese-Hildebrandt June 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    My present employer is Nightingale Home Care. I returned to work home health after 8 months of physical therapy and restrictions. But did not pay attention and my CNA register expired that same year (recovering with phys. therapy)

    To make it short, I am working but I need to attend weekend studies for certified nursing assistant classes, or and if a nursing facility allows us to work in a unit of their facility completing all assignments for 3 or 4 weekends/or more to be recertified for the CNA

    Thank you. There is a weekend class 2 hours from my home (4 weekends in August)
    why I am inquiring if there is a school or studies /nursing home/area
    that allows working in the facility, completing specific documents and procedures
    Thanks for the information.
    I am inquiring about Indianapolis, Carmel or a Zionsville, Lebanon (all in Indiana)
    Rachel Genovese Hildebrandt

  12. Wesley Grimes June 25, 2013 at 4:40 am #

    I worked for 15 years as a CNA but became ill and then had to take care my sick grandmother and i need to be re certified and i was wondering if there were any free classes in Brownsburg or Indianapolis and I am willing to work for any facility that offers these classes so please let me know..

    thank you
    Wesley G.

  13. Dustie Jackson February 5, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    My name is Dustie. My dream is to become a “CNA” !!! Does anyone know where the closest CNA CLASSES are being held at??

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