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With demand for medical care increasing, the government is responding by accrediting vocational and technical nursing schools to provide short courses on basic nursing. These services, such as dressing, bathing, and monitoring of medicine intake for patients, are among the responsibilities that certified nursing assistants (CNAs) have assumed from registered nurses. Essentially, CNAs allow registered nurses to tend to job responsibilities that require more advanced education and clinical training. CNAs usually work in nursing homes and are given long-term assignments to assist patients with their personal health needs.

In Indiana, aspiring nursing assistants must undergo the following to earn certification: enroll in one of Indiana’s approved CNA training programs; pass the competency evaluation exam, both written and practical; and enlist in the Nurse Aide Registry. A CNA program involves 75 hours of classroom lessons with 30 hours of clinical observations and hands-on training under a qualified registered nurse. After completing these requirements, CNAs must be listed in the Nurse Aide Registry and secure their CNA cards as proof of their eligibility to work as nursing aides.

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A CNA working in Indiana earns an average of $22,720 annually. This is relatively lower than the national average because Indiana has a lower cost of living than most other states. A significant number of experienced CNAs establish their own wages as self-employed caregivers in both institutional nursing homes and private residences of patients.

The first step in becoming a certified nursing assistant is enrolling in an accredited school with a CNA program. Below is a list of schools with nursing assistant programs in Indiana.

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