Iowa Patient Care Technician

In Iowa, Patient Care Technicians are required to be listed on the Iowa Direct Care Nurse Worker Registry. Certain basic criteria must be met first before applying.


Basic requirements for becoming a Nursing Assistant in Iowa:

To become a Nursing Assistant, one must do the following:

  • Completing Nursing Assistant training and passing both written and skills exams

Other Requirements that May Be Helpful:

  • Strong desire to help people
  • Excellent Communication skills
  • Good physical conditioning

You must also obtain national certification as a Patient Care Technician. We highly recommend seeking certification through the National Healthcare Association (NHA).

Eligibility requirements to take an NHA certification exam:

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Have completed a training program or have one year work experience in the field
  • Be at least 18 years of age

Note: The current fee for taking the exam is $149. Check with your PCT training program to see if this is included in your tuition and fees.

Iowa Contact Information:
IA Direct Care Worker Registry
IA Department of Inspections & Appeals
Health Facilities Division
Lucas State Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0083
Phone: 515-281-4077, 515-281-0108
Fax: 515-281-6259
Toll-Free (in state only): 866-876-1997
https://dia-hfd.iowa.gov/DIA_HFD/Home.do
http://iwin.iwd.state.ia.us/iowa/OIC?action=license&licid=000000009


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