Indiana Qualifications and Regulations
In terms of unique qualifications, candidates seeking to become Certified Nursing Assistants in Indiana are required to have more clinical experience than CNAs in other states. State-approved training programs specify that nurse aides must experience at least 75 hours of clinical rotation under the supervision of a licensed nurse, with only 30 hours of classroom instruction. This is different from most states, as the focus is primarily clinical experience, rather than classroom experience. To transfer out-of-state certification into Indiana, the CNA must be in good standing with their past state and pass a criminal background check. Past working experience is essential in Indiana and the state provides stipulations for further career advancement if CNAs desire to continue to progress as medical professionals. After becoming a CNA in Indiana, it is possible to use your work experience to qualify for new positions such as Home Health Aide or Qualified Medication Aide.
Wage and Cost
The average salary for a CNA working in Indiana is $22,000along a distribution from $19,800 to $25,000. This is around the national average, but wages steadily increase further east or west of the state. Among the work-force in Indiana, CNAs are paid relatively well for their entry-level work and there are a number of positions available among the industrial city-centers of the state, like Gary or Indianapolis. Testing across the entire state is handled by a single organization, Ivy Tech Community College. The fee for taking both parts of the certification test is $75 dollars with the option to take the written and skills tests separately for $65 each. The cost of state-approved training programs ranges anywhere from $500 to $1250. For CNAs looking to receive classes at lower prices, it will be more useful to seek out programs through community centers, rather than technical colleges or private facilities. Because Indiana has a lower population density than other states, it may be difficult to find a training program nearby that is both cost and time effective. That being said, investing in the cost of CNA training will yield not only a sustainable career, but also lead to opportunities for further advancement. For example, after becoming a registered CNA and working for at least 1,000 hours, a candidate may begin training for their QMA. Requiring about the same amount of training as the CNA program, becoming a state-certified QMA can double your salary and lead to even more opportunities in the healthcare field.