Free CNA Training in Iowa

You can start a basic level healthcare position by working as a certified nursing assistant.  This can be accomplished by finishing a training program as well as passing the certification exam.  CNA training programs are offered at nursing care facilities as well as community colleges.  Programs offered by community colleges generally have a fee.  The fee for training programs must be at least $150 if the course is one for a fee. To get free training, follow the options listed below:

Nursing care facilities and even some hospitals also offer nursing assistant program.  Not every facility offers training programs.  You should contact locations in your area to find those that do.  You will need to apply for acceptance into the program.  If you are accepted and agree to work for the employer as a CNA for a set amount of time, you can receive free cna training.

If you are currently working for an employer who hires CNAs and are interested in changing careers, talk to your employer.  They might be willing to pay for your training to become a nursing assistant if you will continue to work for them (at least for some length of time).  It certainly does not hurt to ask your employer if they might be able to assist you if you are in need of free cna training.

There might be ways to receive the fees back that you paid for training if you are already certified.  If you became certified within the past 12 months, you might be able to receive reimbursement for your tuition.  When interviewing for a job as a CNA, talk to your potential employer to determine if you might be reimbursed some or all of your training expenses if you are hired.  It might be necessary to work for several weeks or so before the employer will reimburse your fees.

Low Cost Training Options

Signature Healthcare
Unlike other training center’s in Iowa this one doesn’t charge upwards of $1000 for training. You can get your written and practical exam training done here for just $523. They have a fast track option that lasts just 2 weeks and offers you the opportunity to get trained during the evening and over the weekend. To find out more please use the following contact details:

14225 University Ave Suite 130
Waukee, IA 50263
Phone: 515.252.0000 or 1.800.518.1460

Kirkwood Community College
Being a community college, their tuition fee of $509 for the 75 hour nurse aide training course is extremely reasonable. If you’re in Cedar Rapids, you should definitely give this a go. Their class schedules are also very frequent and you should be able to start in the next month or so.

7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
Phone: 319-398-1022 or 1-800-332-8833

Nursing Related Scholarships in Iowacnanotes2

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Foundation Scholarships – Heather R. Campbell Memorial Nursing Scholarship

The Heather R. Campbell Memorial Nursing Scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in the nursing program at the Ankeny campus. The scholarship may be used for tuition and books. In order to qualify, the applicant must:

  • Be enrolled in Pre-nursing, CNA, LPN, or RN program
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Enrolled full or part-time

Applications are completed online and must be done in a single session. Applications cannot be saved and reopened at a later time. Make sure and verify application deadline dates because they vary for Fall and Spring semesters.

Kirkland Community College – Rozelle B. Cram Endowed Scholarship

There are several scholarships offered to students enrolled in the Practical Nursing program. One that is offered is the Rozelle B. Cram Endowed Scholarship. The awarded amount is $500. In order to qualify, students must:

  • Be enrolled in the Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting or Associate Degree in Nursing Program
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form
  • Complete scholarship application and submit all requested documents by the deadline date

Western Iowa Tech Community College ( WITCC) Foundation Scholarships

WITCC Foundation scholarships are available to all students at the college. In order to qualify, the applicant must:

  • Complete a Foundation Scholarship Application
  • Be enrolled in a credit program full or part-time

If a foundation scholarship is awarded, it may be used for tuition, fees, books, program related expenses, room and student housing.

Places That May Help 

The Larabee Center

Address:  201 E. Bremer Avenue Waverly, IA 50677

Phone: 319-352-2234

The Larabee Center was founded in 1989 as a nonprofit private care facility for those citizens with disabilities in the community of rural Waverly.  Since that time, the organization has expanded to provide a wide variety of human services for the disabled, including employment placement and vocational training.  The Larrabee Center offers Organizational Employment Services and is CARF accredited. Sheltered Work, Community Participation, and Education are the three main areas of focus for these services. Wages are paid for all vocational training and employment positions.  Employment is available in processing goods, sub-assemblies, packaging, mailings, sorting, product inspections, stocking shelves, clerking, and janitorial duties.

 Rural Employment Alternatives

Address: 495 Fourth Avenue Conroy, IA 52220

Phone: 319-662-4043

Rural Employment Alternatives operates to assist community members with disabilities to maintain independent and fulfilled lives by providing these individuals with various forms of human services.  This nonprofit organization was established in 1980 and has provided help to countless citizens since that time.  Currently, Rural Employment Alternatives offers different programs and services developed mainly to support disabled community members who would like to return to the workforce.  REA gives participants the ability to utilize their supported employment program.  The benefits of this program include training through job shadowing, emphasis on job seeking skills, job development, co-worker training and job coaching.

Free CNA Training might be available From these nursing homes

Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly. It is however common for nursing homes to employ you and then pay for your training at another facility.

Chautauqua Guest Home #3 – 302 Ninth Street   Charles City, Iowa 50616

Cherokee Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center – 1011 North Roosevelt   Cherokee, Iowa 51012

Childserve Habilitation Center – 5900 Pioneer Parkway   Johnston, Iowa 50131

Clarence Nursing Home – Second And Smith Street   Clarence, Iowa 52216

Clarke County Public Hospital – 800 South Filmore   Osceola, Iowa 50213

Clc Altoona – 200 Seventh Avenue Sw   Altoona, Iowa 50009

Clc Carroll – 500 Valley Drive   Carroll, Iowa 51401

Forest City Good Samaritan Cen – 606 South 7th Street   Forest City, Iowa 50436

Fort Dodge Villa Care Center – 2721 10th Avenue North   Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501

Fort Madison Health Center – 1702 41st Street   Fort Madison, Iowa 52627

Fountain West Health Center – 1501 Office Park Road   West Des Moines, Iowa 50265

Franklin General Hospital – 1720 Central Avenue East   Hampton, Iowa 50441

Friendship Home Association – 714 Division   Audubon, Iowa 50025

Friendship Manor Care Centre – 79 Sixth Avenue   Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Monticello Nursing & Rehab Cen – 500 Pinehaven Drive   Monticello, Iowa 52310

Montrose Health Center – 400 South 7th Street   Montrose, Iowa 52639

Morning Sun Care Center – 200 Washington   Morning Sun, Iowa 52640

Morningside Rehab & Care Cente – 600 Morningside Avenue   Ida Grove, Iowa 51445

Mount Ayr Health Care Center – 1504 East South Street   Mount Ayr, Iowa 50854

Muscatine Care Center – 2002 Cedar Street   Muscatine, Iowa 52761

Nelson Manor – 1500 First Avenue East   Newton, Iowa 50208

Nelson Nursing Home – 807-809 West Taylor   Fairfield, Iowa 52556

New Hampton Care Center – 530 South Linn   New Hampton, Iowa 50659

New Hampton Nursing & Rehab Ce – 703 South Fourth Avenue   New Hampton, Iowa 50659

Westview Acres – 203 S W Lorraine   Leon, Iowa 50144

Westview Care Center – 445 Eighth Avenue Sw   Britt, Iowa 50423

Westview Of Indianola Care Cen – 1900 West Third Place   Indianola, Iowa 50125

Westwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center – 3201 Stone Park Boulevard   Sioux City, Iowa 51104

Wheatland Manor – 515 East Lincolnway   Wheatland, Iowa 52777

Williamsburg Care Center – 100 Care Street   Williamsburg, Iowa 52361

Other state listings:

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
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2 Responses to Free CNA Training in Iowa

  1. coffie dhinie September 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Well I know some in waterloo they offering free class in st Francis and parkview and rehab center if u got both in des Moines u might find some

  2. Shylonda Bumpus April 9, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    Wondering if Fountain west health center is still offering free cna classes

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