Things You'll Need
- Internet connection
- Employer records
- Certified Nursing Assistant license
CNAs on the Indiana Registry of licensed nursing assistants have completed an Indiana Certified Nursing Assistant certification program, passed a criminal background check and received a passing score on the Indiana-administered competency exam. CNAs must renew their license every two years (24 months) in order to work as a certified paraprofessional in Indiana. Keep a personal calendar with a reminder to renew the CNA license prior to the expiration. Though the state provides a reminder by mail to renew the license, the ultimate responsibility for renewal remains with the license holder.
Renew your Certified Nursing Assistant's license online while the license remains active. The state nursing board sends a reminder two to three months prior to license expiration. Go online to the State of Indiana's website to renew the license. Eight work hours must be worked during the two-year license period in order to renew the license for the next two years.
Ask your employer to verify these minimum requirements if you work there as a CNA. Ask former employers where you worked as a CNA to verify the eight-hour minimum requirement if you do not work as a Certified Nursing Assistant now.
Provide your entire Certified Nursing Assistant license number into the Indiana state license portal, including all letters and numbers (front and back), typing the information into the login box. You must know the last four numbers of your social security number in order to login to the Indiana state license portal.
Check the address on file to ensure accuracy. Print a confirmation copy for your records.
Obtain a Certified Nursing Assistance license renewal form from the Indiana Nurse Aide Registry (NAR) of the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). You may print out a copy of the form online or contact the registry to receive a copy by U.S. mail. Request State Form 49937 (R/3-05). The form requires verification that you performed "nursing or nurse-related activities" for the past consecutive 24-month period. You must obtain the signature of the R.N. nurse manager or director for whom you worked during the license period.
Submit the form before your license expires. Return the form to the Nurse Aide Registry by certified U.S. mail with a receipt requested. The return receipt provides proof that you returned the required information during the prescribed renewal period.
Find another employer prior to your license renewal if you do not want to allow the license to lapse. Nursing homes and home health agencies often provide flexible hours. Find a part-time employer to fulfill your licensing requirements prior to the renewal date. Ask your new employer to fill out the required paperwork.
Retest for Part 1 of the Certified Nursing Assistant examination in Indiana when your license becomes inactive. As of August 2010, it costs $65.00 for Part 1, or $75.00 to take Parts 1 and 2. If no other concerns or issues present, the State Nursing Board usually reinstates the license.