Indiana Nursing Assistant / Nurse Aide Guide

CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant - Aide Practice Exam

Is a License or Certification needed: You need to pass a state certified nursing assistant program and the state exam in order to be certified. This must be done in order to work as a nursing assistant in the state of Indiana and be listed on the Indiana State Nurse Aide Registry.

Who Grants Certification: The Indiana State Department of Health trains nurse aides in order to get them state certified. Once certified, the ISDH also ensures that nurse aides are listed on the Indiana Nurse Aide Registry.

The Qualifications to become Certified: There is more than one route to qualify for registration as a nurses aide in the state of Indiana. These include:

  • You have successfully completed a Indiana State Department of Health approved training program consisting of 30 hours of classroom instruction and 75 hours of clinical training.
  • You have passed the Indiana nurse aide competency evaluation including both written and skill portions.
  • You are listed in good standing as a CNA on the Indiana Nurse Aide Registry.

How to Apply for Certification and to take the Exam: In order to apply for nurse aide registration in the state of Indiana, you will need to complete one of the state-approved training programs. Then, to apply to take the state test, see here.

Test Content: The test has two parts, a Skills Evaluation and a Written section. Both written and skills parts must be passed to be listed on the Indiana State Nurse Aide Registry. The written section is 60 questions in length. You will have 90 minutes to complete the exam.

The written exam questions are based on the Indiana state-approved test plan.  Content topics include:

  • Activities of Daily Living/Basic Nursing Skills
  • Restorative Services
  • Common Diseases and Disorder
  • Infection Control
  • Mental and Social Needs
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Resident’s Rights
  • Safety and Emergencies
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Role and Responsibilities of the CNA

The skills evaluation will be set within a specific amount of time to finish a given number of skills, usually around 30 minutes to finish 5 skills. You will need to practice these skills. They will not need to be absolutely perfect, but you will need to be deemed competent in these skills. The nurse aide skills usually include things like:

  • Infection Control
  • Communication
  • Rights and preferences
  • Safety, comfort and needs

For further answers to your questions about the written or skills portions of the Indiana State Certified Nurse Aide exam, please contact the Ivy Tech Community College at 317-917-5948.

Certification Renewal and Continuing Education Requirements: According to the law in Indiana, to renew your CNA registration, it is required that you have worked 8 hours at your place of employment in the paid role of a nurse aide during the past 24 months. This must be paid employment, not volunteer work, and in a nursing environment such as a nursing home, home health setting or a hospital.

You can renew your license with the Indiana Nurse Aide Registry here.


IN Nurse Aide Registry
IN State Department. of Health
Division of Long Term Care
2 N Meridian Street, Section 4B
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: 317-233-7442,
Fax: 317-233-7750


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