CNA Education

Certified Nursing Assistant training providers

Here you will find information and links to three sources of Certified Nursing Assistant education. Please scroll down for more information on course offerings from:

IHCA's CNA Online blended training program - How To Be A Nursing Assistant

Iowa Area Community Colleges

Signature Healthcare

IHCA CNA Online blended training program
IHCA has partnered with AHCA and, to provide a blended CNA certification online course with 24/7 access to classes from smartphones, tablets or personal computers as well as in person, hands-on skills training.

The DIA approved curriculm is taught by nursing instructors, provide standardized, consistent training, use local preceptors or we can certify staff to teach the in person clinicals.’s integrated CNA curriculum has been developed for aging care providers by the nation’s largest association of long-term and post-acute care providers, the American Health Care Association (AHCA).

For more information visit to learn more. For assistance in receiving approval from DIA to offer this program in your facility, contact Julie Adair at 800-422-3106.

Iowa Area Community Colleges
Iowa's Community Colleges offer Certified Nursing Assistants training programs. These programs are offered several times a year in a variety of locations (see links below). The course prepares the student to work in a nursing home, home health care agency, or group home and/or hospital. The first 45 hours of the course are held in a classroom/lab and the remaining 30 hours of clinical will be in a nursing home. You will give patient care under the supervision of your instructor. At the end of this course, you must take the Direct Care Worker registry written and skills exam to be eligible for employment.

The Nurse Aide courses are offered for college credit and are prerequisites to the nursing program. After successful completion of the Nurse Aide 75-hour course, the student would then be eligible to take the Advanced Nurse Aide 75-hour course.Community College map 2

Eastern Iowa Community College

Kirkwood Community College

Iowa Valley Community College 

Indian Hills Community College (See page 50 of the course catalog. To register call the IHCC in Ottumwa at 1-800-726-2585, Ext. 5281 or go online at

Iowa Western Community College

Northeast Iowa Community College  (On website, click on HEALTH)

Des Moines Area Community College 

Northwest Iowa Community College (Links to course catalog. Contact Julie Waldstein at 712-324-5061/800-352-4907 ext. 264.)

Hawkeye Community College 

Iowa Central Community College

Iowa Lakes Community College 

Southeastern Community College - call 319-208-3475.

Northern Iowa Area Community College

Western Iowa Tech

Southwestern Community College

Signature Healthcare CNA training
Signature Healthcare's education division is a private medical job training center located in Waukee, Iowa. Their center provides state approved Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training and Advanced CNA classes. To learn more, go to and scroll to Become A Certified Nurse Assistant where you will find links to the class schedule, registration forms and more information.