Nurse Aide Training Programs in Minnesota

Are you interested in attending a five (5) weeks long CNA training course in Minnesota? Summit Academy, a not for profit educational and vocational training center, is committed to preparing students for successful careers as certified nursing assistants and home health assistants. The combined certified nurse aide (CNA) and home health aide (HHA) class is a five week long, state approved program, which meets all the curriculum requirements set forth by the Minnesota Department of Health. Night and weekend training options are offered. The CNA class curriculum focuses on teaching you the basic nursing skills performed by a nurse aide, including how to read and record a client's vital signs, and how to care for residents of a nursing home or hospitalized patients.

Students enrolled in the CNA/HHA program are supervised and guided by a registered nurse while practicing in the laboratory and clinical settings. The classroom and clinical instruction prepares nurse aide trainees for taking the state nursing assistant test which is required for employment in long-term care facilities throughout Minnesota. Graduates receive a nurse aide/home health aide certificate of completion and those who successfully pass the CNA state exam are registered on the Minnesota CNA registry. The total cost for the Summit Academy CNA/HHA course includes expenses for tuition, textbooks, uniforms, and the Minnesota CNA examination fee.

Nursing Assistant Programs in Douglas County

Alexandria Technical and Community College
1601 Jefferson Street, Alexandria, MN 56308
Phone: 320-762-0221
This school is also an approved test site.

Fillmore County

Chosen Valley Care Center - Chatfield
1102 Liberty Street SE, Chatfield, MN 55923
Phone: 507-867-4220

Goodhue County

Minnesota State College Southeast Technical - Red Wing
308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN 55066
Phone: 800-657-4849
This school is also an approved test site.

Red Wing Health Center
1412 West 4th Street, Red Wing, MN 55066
Phone: 651-388-2843

Hennepin County

Normandale Community College - Bloomington
9700 France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431
Phone: 952-487-8442

Accelerated School of Nursing Assistant - Brooklyn Center
7046 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
Phone: 763-566-5655

Joliz School of Nursing Assistant - Brooklyn Park
7420 Unity Avenue North, Suite 203, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Phone: 763-354-0914

J J School of Technology - Brooklyn Park
7420 Unity Avenue, Suite 301, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Phone: 763-560-0544

Hennepin Technical College - Brooklyn Park
9000 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Phone: 952-995-1300
This school is also an approved test site.

Herzing University - Crystal
5700 West Broadway, Crystal, MN 55428
Phone: 763-231-3199

Hennepin Technical College - Eden Prairie
13100 College View Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Phone: 952-995-1300
This school is also an approved test site.

Intermediate District #287 HTC - Eden Prairie
13100 College View Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Phone: 952-995-1510

Lighthouse Training Center - Minneapolis
525 West Broadway, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Phone: 612-363-4294

North American Medical Academy - Minneapolis
5201 Bryant Avenue North, Suite 108, Minneapolis, MN 55430
Phone: 612-521-0602

American Indian OIC - Minneapolis
1845 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612-341-3358

Minneapolis Community and Technical College
1501 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 800-247-0911
This school is also an approved test site.

Midwest Career Institute - Minneapolis
1625 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612-588-9410

American Red Cross of the Minnesota Territory - Minneapolis
1201 West River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Phone: 612-872-3252

Accredited School of Nursing Assistant - HHA - New Hope
7600 Bass Lake Road, Suite 103, New Hope, MN 55428
Phone: 763-746-0412

St. Therese Home - New Hope
8000 Bass Lake Road, New Hope, MN 55428
Phone: 763-531-5076

Osseo Senior High
317 2nd Avenue NW, Osseo, MN 55369
Phone: 763-391-8519

District 287 South Central Education Center - Richfield
7450 Penn Avenue South, Richfield, MN 55423
Phone: 612-866-9780

Health Service Consultants Training Center - Saint Louis Park
6980 Oxford Street, Suite 100, Saint Louis Park, MN 55426
Phone: 952-224-7055
This school offers Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Home Health Aide (HHA) training programs.

Houston County

Tweeten Health Services - Spring Grove
125 5th Avenue SE, Spring Grove, MN 55974
Phone: 507-498-3211

Hubbard County

Park Rapids Area High School
401 Huntsinger Avenue, Park Rapids, MN 56470
Phone: 218-237-6441

Isanti County

Scofield Nursing Assistant Training Center - Cambridge
1001 1st Avenue East, Suite 65, Cambridge, MN 55008
Phone: 320-396-3014

Anoka Ramsey Community College - Cambridge
300 South Spirit River Drive, Cambridge, MN 55008
Phone: 763-433-1100

Itasca County

Bigfork Valley
258 Pinetree Drive, Bigfork, MN 56628
Phone: 218-743-3174

Deer River High School
101 1st Avenue NE, Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: 218-246-8241

Itasca Community College - Grand Rapids
1851 East Hwy 169, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: 218-322-2300
This school is also an approved test site.

CNA Courses in Minnesota ( Page 3 )

Nursing assistant programs prepare individuals for challenging the nurse aide certification exam and for entry level positions in health care environments. Each state has the authority to decide how many hours of training a nursing assistant course must consist of, as long as the minimum federal requirement of seventy-five hours is met. Students interested in attending CNA classes have a wide array of choices when it comes to selecting a training facility.

Nursing assistant courses are conducted at nursing homes, vocational schools, private schools, and community colleges. Program length, admission requirements, and cost of training vary depending on the policies of every training facility. Several states have implemented legislation which requires licensed long-term care facilities to reimburse CNA employees for the costs associated with training. An individual who has paid for nursing assistant training classes and who becomes employed by a nursing home within a year of obtaining certification, is eligible for financial reimbursement. Compared to other training programs in the health care field, nursing assistant classes are relatively short and inexpensive. Obtaining state certification as a CNA is the main requirement for securing a nurse aide job at a nursing home, hospital, rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility.

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CNA classes, schools and programs by state.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Kazoua F. on August 31, 2009 at 03:14 PM
I am moving from Arkansas to Minnesota soon and would like to know what steps I need to take to transfer my CNA license over to Minnesota.

Admin on August 31, 2009 at 08:44 PM
To transfer your nurse aide certification from Arkansas to Minnesota you must apply for endorsement. The nursing assistant endorsement application and instructions may be found here: Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry - Interstate Endorsement. Read and follow all the instructions carefully. If your endorsement application is incomplete the Minnesota nurse aide registry will return the application and your certification transfer will not take place. Part of this application must be completed by you, while the other parts must be completed by the state where you are certified (Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry) and by your employer.

Can I enroll in a CNA class without a high school diploma or GED?

How long do nursing assistant classes take to complete?

After becoming a CNA how much more training does it take to become an RN?

I am really interested in becoming a certified nursing assistant. I am in the military and we go out to sea continuously. I do not have too much time to actually attend a program until next year. Who offers online CNA classes?

How do I sign up for CNA training?

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CNA Training Requirements

There is a wide disparity between CNA training requirements among the states. The difference lies in the mandatory number of total training hours necessary to complete state-approved CNA classes.

While according to federal law each nursing assistant course should contain a minimum of seventy-five (75) instruction and clinical hours, individual states have the liberty to mandate extra training requirements for certified nursing assistants. The majority of states exceed the threshold federal minimum requirements for nurse aide training programs because they are considered insufficient to result in an optimal and safe level of care for clients.

A review of nationwide state requirements for nurse assistant courses has found that the following states have mandated highest number of CNA program hours: Maine with a minimum of 90 hours of theory, 20 hours of laboratory skills and 70 hours of clinical instruction for a total of 180 hours; California with one hundred and sixty (160) training hours; Delaware and Oregon each requiring one hundred and fifty (150) hours; followed by the state of Alaska with one hundred and forty (140) hours; Virginia, Arizona, and West Virginia have a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) training hours for state-approved classes.

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