Nurse Aide Training Program


Effective March 16, 2020 we are no longer doing in-person registrations for Spring/Summer 2020 Nurse Aide classes.   All Nurse Aide Registrations will now take place via email. Students are asked to not come to campus for registration.

Note: All Spring/Summer 2020 Nurse Aide classes (HSC 172 Basic and HSC 182 Advanced) will be offered online only. At this time, a delay may occur in completion of lab and clinical portions of the course.      

To register you must scan and email the following completed forms to

  1. Nurse Aide 75 Hour (Basic) Registration Packet
     Advanced Nurse Aide Registration Packet
    (you may sign all paperwork, including background checks):      
  2. Course Registration Form
  3.  Course Acknowledgement Form      

Once your packet is received, you will be contacted by email by the Nurse Aide Office.  For questions please contact


Due to Coronavirus, we are pausing the online registration for Nurse Aide courses.
For Summer registration, please follow the same process and documents as Spring Term registration.


Des Moines Area Community College offers training programs for those interested in becoming Certified Nursing Assistants. These programs are offered several times a year in a variety of locations and are taught by Registered Nurses. These courses are designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to care for patients/residents in a variety of long-term care facilities and to be successful on the Iowa Direct Care Worker registry exams. Successful completion of these exams is required by State Legislation in order to work in a long-term care facility. The Nurse Aide courses are offered for college credit and are prerequisites to the nursing program. After successful completion of the Nurse Aide 75-hour course, the student would then be eligible to take the Advanced Nurse Aide 75-hour.


Required textbook, handbook, shoes and scrubs, watch with a second hand, stethoscope, etc. are in addition to the cost of the class. The Nurse Aide/Orderly class and the Advanced Nurse Aide classes are each 75 hours for a total of 150 hours. Most of the DMACC campuses offer both classes. After completing The Nurse Aide/Orderly class, you will need to take the Nurse Aide testing for Comp Exam and Skills Exam. (This testing is offered through Continuing Education.) Successful completion of the testing will enable you to work in Long-Term Care.

Financial Aid

If you have questions regarding financial aid, call 515-964-6282.​