Becoming a CNA in Indiana
Indiana offers a handful of options for CNA candidates:
- New CNAs have the option of undergoing a 105-hour instructional program along with a written and manual skills evaluations which is sponsored by the Ivy Tech Community College.
- Nursing students that want to be a CNA must first pass the written test along with the completion of the Fundamentals of Nursing or any equivalent training with a grade equivalent to C or higher.
- RN or LPN graduates that have yet to pass the NCLEX are eligible CNA candidates provided that they can pass the Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation or NATCE exams.
- Psychiatric Attendants or Qualified Medication Aide (QMA) are also welcome CNA candidates provided they’re currently free from any issue from the QMA registry, have worked as a QMA within the last 6 months, and have passed the NATCE exams.
CNA License Verification in Indiana
In order to verify your certification status, please click the link below. Note: A license number is needed for this type of query.
Renewing a CNA Certification in Indiana
CNAs are required to renew their license in Indiana every 24 months to work legally. In order to have your license renewed, the following must be met:
- Has worked as a CNA in some form or capacity for at least 8 hours within the last 2 years.
- Has received 12 hours or more of in-service education and training per year.
Note: Certification can be carried out either through mail or via the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (PLA) website.
Reinstating a Lapsed CNA Certificate
CNAs that fail to renew their certifications under the conditions mentioned above in the Renewing a CNA Certification in Indiana section will need to have their lapsed certificates reinstated. In order to do so, 12 hours of CEC along with retaking the competency exam must be completed.
Transferring an Out-of-state CNA Certification
A CNA that wishes to have his/her certification transferred in the state of Indiana must pass the NATCEP exam within 120 days of starting work. In order to be accepted, he/she must currently be in good standing from the state they’ve obtained the license from.
If you have additional questions, you may contact the Indiana Nurse Aide Registry at:
Indiana Nurse Aide Registry
Indiana State Department of Health
Division of Long-Term Care
2 North Meridian Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 233-7351
License Verification: (317) 233-7612
Fax: (317) 233-7750