CNA Certification in Indiana

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 or visit their website at:

In order to transfer your certification to the state of Indiana you must have an active nursing assistant certification and be in good standing with the Nurse Aide Registry in your former state. You must have worked as a CNA for a minimum of 8 hours within the past 24 months in that state.

In the state of Indiana you will be required to take a written exam and answer 80 of a 100 questions correctly. The exam is given by IvyTechCommunity College.

The following steps are required to transfer your certification to Indiana:

1) Contact IvyTechCommunity College at (317) 917-5948 or got to to obtain additional information. The online application can be found at:

2) Required Documents:

  • Copy of current out-of-state certification which shows registry number and expiration date.
  • $65.00 testing fee

3) Mail completed application and all required documents to:  CNA Testing- P.O. Box 1621- Indianapolis, Indiana 46206

4) IvyTechCommunity College will notify you by phone or mail of the test date, time and location. The written test will be scheduled within 30 days of processing your application.

CNA Certification Renewal

You will receive your nursing assistant certification renewal form a 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 currently working as a certified nursing assistant. You must have worked as a CNA for a minimum of 8 hours within the 24 month certification period and completed 12 hours of in-service per year.

If you have not received your form in the mail, you can download it from the Indiana DPH website at: under the Forms section. If you prefer to renew your CNA certification online you can do so at:


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.

Helpful Resources: Free classes in Indiana and Accredited CNA training in Indiana


14 Responses to CNA Certification in Indiana

  1. Jana January 26, 2012 at 4:37 am #

    If my certification expired in the last 3 years do I have to take everything all over?

    • Admin January 30, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

      No, you will most likely be asked to do the test again and not the training.

  2. Jana January 26, 2012 at 4:39 am #

    If you have an OVWI of .08 on your record are you able to take the course to get your CNA?

  3. Brooke Lilly May 23, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    i took the cna certification written test in 2012 in nc and passed the written i need to take the skills test again. I moved to Mt Vernon IN in 4-12 do I need to take the whole exam over again? May I take just the skills over again? If that is the case where do I begin? Do I need to register in Indiana? Please help.

    Brooke Lilly,

  4. Devon July 26, 2012 at 2:12 am #

    I’m 19 and have a felony for possession of controlled substance (hydrocodone) without a prescription, could I get my CNA license? I’m not an addict or anything, I just hurt my back and instead of going to the doctor I got some vicodin from a friend and unfortunately got caught.

  5. chassity August 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    I just became a CNA in July of this year in the state of Montana and have been working in assist. living since April. I want to move back to Indiana, but do I need to retake the test in indiana or is there a easier way to transfer

  6. Aline December 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    I got CNA certificate from Ohio December 21, 2012 after I moved to Indiana and I have not worked as CNA yet. I would like to know if I am eligible to do Indiana State test without retaking the training.

    • Carol Wilson January 17, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

      I have a CNA certificate from Chicago ill., but have not work under CNA,but I am register under the registries of Ill, as a DSP-Direct support professional, working in a group home for 15yrs. Consist if administer medication,PRN,preparing meals,hygiene that consist of bathing ,shaving,writing progress notes, medical concern,behavior charted etc., seeing that their activities are met, when outing is in effect, I will like to no do I have to fill out and application for a transfer for Indiana, to work in the community hospital, or will they accept my CNA certificate from Ill. My certificate expire in July, so I’m trying to get a job at the hospital in Munster Indiana Community Hospital.

  7. Nathan Call February 13, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    I am currently in nursing school. I will graduate in May of 2013. I will sit for my nclex board certification exam to become licensed as an RN. I had my CNA license but let it expire in 2011. Will this effect my ability to become a licensed RN?

  8. Courtney Nowlin November 8, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    I let my license expire June 2013 so only 5 months expired how do I renew them I don’t have a job but I want to get a cna job and when I get them renewed again how do I change my last name since I got married

    • Heather Atwell February 28, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

      Let me get this straight, I am a CNA and my license will be up for renewal 3/11/15. I have Homecare experience but I don’t have any Asst. Living or Nursing Home care experience where I can take some in-service’s. My question is… do I need to be employed by either of the facilities and therefore do my in-service’s. Is there anything else I could do?

  9. judy October 19, 2014 at 2:36 am #

    I have good standing STNA license which is Indiana’s CNA. What is required to transfer my license to IND.

  10. Sarah October 8, 2015 at 4:12 am #

    I used to be a CNA in Florida but I moved to Indiana, got married, and was working in dialysis, so I didn’t bother to transfer my license. I think it expired about 4 months ago. Can I just retake the test? I currently work full time and will be starting nursing school in January, so I’ll be unable to attend class in the meantime.

  11. Tiffany October 16, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

    Does the required 12 hour inservices per year have to be done through a licensed facility?

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