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DIA becomes DIAL!

On July 1, 2023, multiple programs across four agencies became part of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) as a new organizational structure for state government goes into effect. DIA is now the Department of Inspections, Appeals, and Licensing (DIAL). 

Health Care Training

For direct care workers or health facility employees who are interested in or required to take ongoing training.


OASIS stands for “outcome and assessment information set” as a group of data elements. Medicare and Medicaid use OASIS data sets as an important piece in assessments for adult home care patients and to help measure patient outcomes. Over many years and pieces of clinical research, the OASIS system has been refined to help health providers accurately assess and measure outcomes for their patients.

If you are interested in learning more, OASIS 101 classes provide a basic review of CMS guidance on how to complete OASIS data required by Medicare and Medicaid. If you work in the home health care field in any capacity, this training would be beneficial. In Iowa, only the staff of home health agencies are offered OASIS training. The one-day training will go over the clinical aspects of OASIS and review CMS OASIS and CoP guidance related to OASIS and comprehensive assessments. More specific training details will be sent to contacts or participants prior to the session.

The OASIS E course will cover OASIS E changes only and is geared toward experienced home health technicians who have previous OASIS knowledge. These are half-day sessions. Please only sign up for one session; all information is covered in each session. More specific details will be sent to contacts or participants prior to the session.

Please note:

  • All scheduled OASIS training will be held virtually via Google Meet until further notice.
  • There are no continuing education units (CEUs) available for these courses.
  • The OASIS courses are all free. There is no cost to you or your employer.

OASIS training dates


  • Single-day course, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Various dates in 2023
    • Feb. 16
    • March 23
    • April 18 or 20 
    • May 16 or 18
    • June 20 or 22
    • July 18 or 20
    • Aug. 15 or 17
    • Sept. 19 or 21
    • Oct. 17 or 19
    • Nov. 14 or 16
    • Dec. 12 or 14


  • Half-day training, 8 a.m.-Noon or 1-5 p.m.
  • Various dates in 2023
    • Feb. 14 (two sessions)
    • March 21 (two sessions)

How to register

To register, please complete the online registration form.

Your name will be added to the class roster. Closer to the training date you will receive two emails from Wendi Lippens, OASIS program coordinator: one inviting you to the Google meeting, and the second giving you information related to the training with handouts needed for the training. The second email will be sent approximately one week before the training.

Please note that if you have not received an email back regarding registration DO NOT assume your staff are registered. If you don’t receive an email confirming registration within a week you will need to send a follow up email to to confirm registration.

Cancellation requirements: If you need to cancel the registration for you or any of your staff please notify immediately so those spots may be opened up to other participants.
For questions regarding OASIS training, including questions about course content and future scheduling requests, please contact Wendi Lippens at 515.250.0401 or

In 2019, HF 731 modified the requirements for mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse. The Iowa Department of Human Services now provides online training for free. The AEA provides the same trainings online for a fee. Visit the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners website for more information.

Iowa's community colleges offer training for individuals interested in becoming certified nursing assistants (CNAs). The colleges offer both classroom studies and hands-on clinical training. Written and skills tests also are provided by the schools for anyone interested. If testing availability does not suit a potential CNA's schedule, they may contact their nearest community college for other options.

Successful completion of both tests is required to be placed on the Iowa Direct Care Worker Registry (DCW). If a potential CNA does not pass either one of the tests in three attempts, the 75-hour course and tests must be retaken.

Please visit the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees for contact information for CNA training and testing.


Health care facilities

The following health care facilities offer the 75-hour course for nurse aide training in Iowa for individuals interested in becoming certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Contact the facility directly for additional information.

Testing (both written and skills) is only provided at one of the community colleges listed in the previous tab.

  • Azria Health Rose Vista, 1109 Normal St, Woodbine, IA 51579 | Margaret Kohles | 712.647.2010
  • Calvin Community, 4210 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50310 | Ruth Pline | 515.633.2515
  • Corydon Specialty Care, 745 E South St, Box 387, Corydon, IA 50060 | Lori Person | 641.872.1590 
  • Edgewood Convalescent Home, 513 Bell Street, Edgewood, IA 52042 | Callie Sternhagen | 319.480.4924 
  • Grand Ji Vante, 502 Butler St, Ackley, IA 50601 | Brooke Webb | 641.847.3531 
  • Hegg Memorial Health Center, 2116 14th St, Rock Valley, IA 51247 | Marva Hoogland | 712.476.8000
  • Highland Ridge Care Center, 102 Highland Cir, Willamsburg, IA 52361 | Ruth Van Heukelom | 319.668.3800
  • Keystone Care Center, 250 Fifth St, Benton, IA 52249 | Tracy Hanson | 319.442.3234 
  • Martin Health Center, 420 E 11th St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 | Bekki Martin | 319.277.2141
  • Methodist Manor, 1206 W Fourth St, Storm Lake, IA 50588 | Kristine Waller | 712.732.1120 
  • Pella Regional Health Center, 404 Jefferson St, Pella, IA 50219| Joan Vande Krol | 641.621.2285
  • Pleasant View Care Center, 200 Shannon Drive, Whiting, IA 51063 | Amy Riddle | 712.458-2417
  • Prairie View, 610 N Eastern St, Sanborn, IA 51248 | Sandy Zearing | 712.930.3228
  • Ridgecrest Village, 4130 Northwest Blvd, Davenport, IA 52806 | Jill Maine | 563.391.3430 
  • Sunrise Retirement Community, 5501 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, IA 51106 | Courtney Hudelson | 712.276.3821
  • The Alverno Health Care Facility, 849 13th Ave N, Clinton, IA 52732 | Julie Eggers | 563.242.1521
  • The Cottages, 1742 Main St, Pella, IA 50219 | Nancy Van Wyk | 641.629.0730
  • The Gardens of Cedar Rapids, 5710 Dean Rd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 | Callie Sternhagen | 319.480.4924 
  • Twilight Acres, 600 W Sixth St, Wall Lake, IA 51466 | Jerilyn Ekstorm | 712.664.2488
  • Wellington Place, 2479 River Road, Decorah, IA 52101 | Callie Sternhagen | 319.480.4924 
  • WesleyLife, 5508 NW 88th Street, Johnston, IA 50131 | Melissa Kellogg | 515.271.6789
  • Westview Acres Care Center, 203 SW Lorraine St, Leon, IA 50144 | Carla McIntosh | 641.446.4165

Nurse Aide Denial List - Please click the link to visit the HFD database application, where you can search for this list of facilities that have lost the privilege of providing CNA training. Choose "Advanced Search" under the "Entity Search" box on the right side of the page. Then click the "Loss of Nurse Aide Training" box before clicking "Search."

Private entities

The following private entities offer the 75-hour course for nurse aide training in Iowa for individuals interested in becoming certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Contact the entity directly for additional information.

Testing (both written and skills) is only provided at one of the community colleges listed in the previous tab.

  • ABCM Corporation, 1320 Fourth St NE, Hampton, IA 50441 | Marilee Knapp | 641.456.5636
  • AM Training Institute, 7300 Westtown Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266 | Crystal Kihanya | 515.224.3908
  • DMACC (Various high schools), 2006 S Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50023 | Staci Scholten | 515.964.6316
  • Health Tech Associates, 1441 29th St, Suite 303, West Des Moines, IA 50266 | Tanya Comer | 515.537.1000 
  • Maquoketa Community High School, 600 Washington St, Maquoketa, IA 52060 | Sara Marie Crowley Pape | 563.340.5077
  • NICC (Calmar HS), 1625 Hwy 150 South, Calmar, IA 52132 | Ronda Oakland | 844.642.2338
  • NICC (Peosta HS), 9342 NICC Dr, Peosta, IA 52068 | Ronda Oakland | 844.642.2338
  • Ottumwa Job Corps Center, 15229 Truman St, Ottumwa, IA 52501 | Heather Elammari | 641.683.0249 
  • Signature Healthcare, 14225 University Ave, Suite 130, Waukee, IA 50263 | Ben Stone | 515.252.0000
  • Tri-State, 3100 S Lakeport St, Sioux City, IA 51106 | Crystal Bell | 712.277.4442