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The Indiana State Department of Health has approved over 200 CNA programs. These programs are offered throughout the state by community colleges, universities, school districts, private nursing homes and other organizations. This article discusses four state-approved programs that are featured at 2-year colleges and a 4-year university. Each of the programs discussed below includes a clinical experience and prepares graduates to sit for the state's certification exams.
Indiana University Northwest
Indiana University Northwest enrolls about 6,000 students and is located in Gary. The university offers a 105-contact-hour certified nurse aide career development program. Classes in this program cover topics like non-verbal communication, restorative services, first aid, personal care procedures and patient rights.
Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College's main campus is located in Indianapolis. The school, which enrolls over 91,000 students across all its locations, offers a certificate and associate's degree program that prepare graduates to work as nursing assistants. These programs are grouped within the school's health care support programs.
The college's patient care certificate program consists of 19 credit hours of study. Classes in the program provide instruction in topics like dementia care, medical terminology and home health aide. The school offers this program at a total of 15 locations.
The school also offers an Associate of Applied Science in Health Care Support with a certification in clinical support. In addition to an associate's degree, students in this program earn two certifications, one option of which is nurse aide certification. This program requires a minimum of 61 credit hours of study. Elective courses in the program that leads to certification in clinical support cover topics like pharmacology, medical office procedures, medical billing and phlebotomy. The college offers this program at a total of 22 locations.
Marion Community Schools Tucker Career & Technology Center
This Tucker Career & Technology Center operated by this school is located in Marion. The center's health careers program prepares graduates to work as a CNA. Students in this program learn about communication, promoting patient health and delivering high-quality patient care. Program graduates may receive credit for their studies from Ivy Tech Community College.
Situated in Vincennes, this university enrolls about 19,000 students. The school offers a 4-week certified nursing assistant course through its Workforce Development and Community Services Division. This program includes 45 hours of lectures and 70 hours of a clinical experience.
Indiana requires that all CNAs to be listed on a registry prior to working in the state. Eligibility for inclusion on the registry requires completion of a state-approved training program and passing skills and written exams.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Nurse Aide Training Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees or Program Cost (2015-2016)|
|Indiana University Northwest||2-year, public; small city*||Certified Nurse Aide|| $699 for the day class
$749 for the night class (tuition costs only)**
|Ivy Tech Community College||2-year, public; large city*|| Patient Care Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Health Care Support with a concentration in Clinical Support
| Patient Care Certificate: $4,468 for program (including materials)***
Associate of Applied Science: $4,115 for in-state and $7,992 for out-of-state students (estimated tuition and fees/year)*
|Marion Community Schools Tucker Career & Technology Center||N/A||Health Science Pathway: CNA||Classes are free for students enrolled in high school****|
|Vincennes University||4-year, public; remote town*||CNA training course||$950 for program (including materials)*****|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Indiana University Northwest; ***Ivy Tech Community College; ****Marion Community Schools Tucker Career & Technology Center; *****Vincennes University.