Training Standards for Personal Care Aides: Spotlight on Iowa

October 2017
Stephen Campbell

In Iowa, training requirements for personal care aides are minimal compared to training requirements for home health aides and nursing assistants. Since 2006, Iowa’s long-term care leaders have been striving to create a competency-based training and certification system that spans all direct care workers and ensures high-quality care across populations and settings. While state lawmakers haven’t enacted training requirements for personal care aides, Iowa’s long-term care leaders have achieved promising results. This report is part of a three-part series focusing on states that have led the way in developing PCA training standards. Specifically, we ask: what was the need for improved PCA training standards in Iowa? How did long-term care leaders address that need? And how did the broader long-term care community react to proposed training standards?

Last modified Nov 9, 2017