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The questions and answers below provide information you may be wondering about in considering applying for our Certified Nurse Aide training program.

A certified nurse aide is an individual who works primarily in long-term care facilities or nursing homes. The CNA assists residents with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, or eating. A CNA works under the direct supervision of a licensed practical nurse or registered nurse and can only perform procedures that are within the scope of practice for a CNA. Learn more at

As a CNA you can begin an entry-level career in the healthcare field. CNAs work under the direction of nurses in a variety of healthcare settings. A CNA certification is a good starting point if you wish to obtain a more advanced degree and career in healthcare.

Applicants must have a valid state ID and be at least 16 years old at the time of enrollment. Prior to acceptance, the applicant must successfully complete an interview, a competency test, and pass a criminal background check. The student also must pass a physical examination and the two-part Mantoux (TB) test. Click here to apply.

Following successful completion of the 105-hour Nurse Aide Training Program, you will be a eligible to take the competency evaluation or state test. Nurse aide competency evaluation/testing is administered through Ivy Tech Community College.

The program cost is $890 per person (non-refundable). The student also is responsible for the $75 fee for both the written and skills test after successful completion of the course. A fee of $65 will be charged for only one test (written or skills).

Classroom instruction and hands-on skills training will take place in Easterseals Arc’s health care learning lab at 4919 Projects Drive in Fort Wayne.

The program will typically run 4 to 6 weeks. However, the schedule may vary as more class options become available.

The curriculum used is state approved and meets Indiana Department of Health’s requirements.

All accepted applicants are required to attend all scheduled classes and clinicals. Punctual and regular attendance is mandatory.

All accepted applicants will be required to wear clean black scrubs during the duration of the program. Students are responsible for purchasing scrubs before the first day of class.

Scholarships may be available to eligible students who are pursuing a CNA certification. This scholarship application must be completed in its entirety and submitted to the instructor on or before the designated date. Applications will be reviewed by a committee to determine awards. The committee may choose to award a full scholarship or partial scholarship to cover the cost of your class depending on funds available. Students who are awarded a scholarship will be responsible for paying the upfront cost and will be reimbursed after full completion of the class. Program fees are non-reimbursable. You can apply for a scholarship using this link:

No, this is a voluntary program that is not part of your employment with Easterseals Arc.

You can find your certification number 24 hours a day using search and verify at

To maintain active status and eligibility to work, CNAs must provide 8 hours of aide and aide-related services for pay in the 24 months immediately preceding the certification expiration date and each 2-year period thereafter.

Easterseals Arc will work with our local community to help aid in your placement after successfully obtaining your CNA certification (if applicable); however, you must also seek out employment opportunities.

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