Prepare to Care

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Iowa’s Direct Care and Support Curriculum is a comprehensive training package that prepares people to work in a variety of direct care settings.

Direct care professionals go by many different job titles and provide supportive services and care for people of all ages with health conditions, illnesses and disabilities. The Iowa Department of Public Health and University of Iowa College of Nursing have developed classroom training in the Core training, as well as five advanced modules (Home and Community Living, Personal Support, Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, Personal Activities of Daily Living, and Health Monitoring and Maintenance). The Core training is available as an online course below. After successfully completing the course, students will receive a certificate of completion.

For more information about the other training options, classes, and the advanced certificate exams available, visit

Also, please visit the Iowa Caregivers website at for more information.

It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you proceed through the units in the order as they appear (1-6).

Enroll in the Core Training