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Chickasaw Institute

Chickasaw Institute provides certification and career development opportunities to Chickasaw citizens. Training opportunities include certification courses in a variety of areas. Chickasaw Institute provides on-the-job training opportunities and support when transitioning from participant to becoming employed.

There is no financial cost associated with the program. Chickasaw citizens are eligible to receive benefits as a result of completing training.


  • Chickasaw Citizens

available courses

Ada Area

Commercial Driver License (CDL) Program

  • The four-week program is licensed by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and includes 40 hours of classroom training, CDL permit study, and yard and road skills.
  • Participants will learn about:
    • Endorsement and job procurement
    • Log book and hours of service
    • Map reading and trip planning
    • Pre-trip inspections
    • Coupling and uncoupling
    • Backing skills
    • On and off ramp, lane changing skills
    • Proper shifting techniques

Medical Coding Certification Program

  • Topics include ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPS coding systems.
  • Participants will learn about:
    • health information management
    • health care delivery systems
    • legal and compliance
    • reimbursement methodologies
    • medical terminology
    • anatomy and physiology
    • pharmacology

Ardmore Area

HVAC Program

  • This class may count for up to two of the three years required for the Mechanical Journey worker’s License Apprenticeship.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification for refrigerant handling is also available.

Construction Technology Certificate

  • After completing this program, students will earn these certificates:
    • National Center for Construction Education & Research
    • Construction Trainee
    • OSHA 10-hour Card
    • Power Actuated Card
    • NCCER Leel 1
    • Frame Carpenter
    • NECCER Cabinet Module
    • Cabinet Making
    • National Career Readiness Certification

Nursing Assistant

  • The program combines classroom instruction with on-the-job learning and is a steppingstone to prepare students for LPN programs.
  • After completing this program, students will earn these certificates:
    • Long-term Care Aide
    • CPR
    • Medication Administration Technician
    • First Aid
    • National Career Readiness Certification

Online Application

Service Area

Chickasaw Nation Residents

This service is available inside the Chickasaw Nation's boundaries

Contact Information

(580) 310-7904



Carl Albert Service Center
1001 N. Country Club Road
Ada, Oklahoma 74820

(580) 310-6447